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New Zealand government requested to rethink position on glyphosate use after honey rejection

Figures from the Japan's Ministry of Health Labour and Welfare show this year five New Zealand honey shipments, including one as recently as March, have been rejected by Japan for exceeding the country's accepted trace levels for Glyphosate weed killer.

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Plastic clips from freezing works washing up on beaches

They are showing up in fish's stomachs and in beaches across the country, but how are plastic oesophagus clips escaping the meat works?

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Company at top of dumping breach list takes on big new contract

A tanning company with a history of dumping contaminants down the drain is taking on a large new contract, RNZ understands.
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Environment Minister David Parker 'frustrated' at Tiwai smelter, WorkSafe to assess compliance

The government tried to get Tiwai Point aluminium smelter to clean up toxic waste at its Southland site but failed.
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Lead scare: Mixed emotions as mother receives baby's test results

An East Otago mother says she's been left confused and concerned as blood test results start to roll in after a lead contamination testing blitz.
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Sparklers found to expose kids to large hit of pollutants

Sparklers and backyard fireworks expose users to breathing heavy pollutants, and parents should consider the health implications for children, a study has found.
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Auckland Harbour Bridge contamination: The letter residents weren't sent

Transport officials planned to ask residents living near the Auckland Harbour Bridge if their properties could be tested for heavy metals, without telling them contamination had already been found nearby.
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