USA Passes “Great Outdoors” Act

Report from “MIDCURRENT Fly Fishing” website (USA) Yesterday, (July 23, 2020) the USA’s House approved the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) with a resounding vote of 310–107.  Its passage ensures full and permanent funding – $900 million annually – for the … Continue reading

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Government, Central and Local Fail on Rivers Rescue – Anglers

Central and local government had failed to come to the rescue of the public’s rivers, the recent annual general meeting of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers was told. In his annual report president Dr Peter Trolove said promises by … Continue reading

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The Farmers are Right

OPINION:- by Anne Salmond The farmers are right. As the price of carbon rises, the settings in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will make it more profitable to plant pine trees than to grow food (or native forests) in many … Continue reading

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Ted Trueblood’s Wise Advice

by Tony Orman Ted Trueblood was a marvellous writer in the USA’s “Field and Stream” magazines. As a teenager I read every article of his I came across. He made his living by doing three things:-hunting, fishing, and writing about … Continue reading

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Choose wisely: A cycle or a McDonalds?

Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Exim Banlc Ltd. got economists thinking when he said: “A cyclist is a disaster for a country’s economy. He does not buy a car and does not take a car loan. Does not buy car … Continue reading

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Tarakihi Overfishing To High Court

Fisheries NZ Minister Stuart Nash’s 2019 decision to allow East Coast tarakihi stocks to remain overfished for the next 25 years is not environmentally sustainable or legal, says Forest and Bird.  The matter is in the High Court. “The East … Continue reading

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Government’s “Crazy’ Tahr Plan an Election Issue

The Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust has hit out at the government’s tahr killing plan. In a letter to the “Farmers’ Weekly” Laurie Collins, Sporting Hunters Outdoors Trust spokesman said the issue had become election issue. Laurie Collins has had years of first-hand … Continue reading

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Our little piece of paradise was ruined forever

AN OPEN LETTER TO AMANDA GILLIES by Jeff Patchett Introduction: On yesterday’s ‘AM Show’, the usual garbage about people opposed to 1080 was spouted by Duncan Garner and Mark Richardson. (Go to ‘The AM Show Catch-Up’, 9 March 2020 – … Continue reading

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Good Riddance To NZ’s Biggest Corporate Bludger – CAFCA

Campaign Against Foreign Control (CAFCA) has welcomed the impending closure of the Bluff Smelter operated by trans-national corporate Rio Tinto says Murray Horton CAFCA Secretary/Organiser. “For as long as CAFCA has existed, i.e.over 45 years, CAFCA has called for the closure of … Continue reading

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Mother Nature and Bush Justice in Action Perhaps

Or beware your hatred of possum …..or Karma can be very quick. Guest Post by Andi Cockroft Every now and again, events conspire to create lasting memories – this one stands out in my mind as particularly black humour and … Continue reading

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Fundamental to Public Access – “The Section 23” Principle

Opinion by Tony Orman In the middle of the 19th century New Zealand was settled by Europeans, the second wave of migrants preceded by the first of Polynesian slanders about 1300 AD. The Europeans brought with them a vision to … Continue reading

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Police Raids on Firearm Owners Unlawful

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has released its decision on three firearm raids by Police, finding that the Police’s actions were unlawful.  Last year Nicole McKee of COLFO expressed concern about a series of Police raids of the homes of … Continue reading

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Stream-side Riparian Strips – No Solution

In 2017 Wairarapa conservationist and trout fisherman the late Bill Benfield wrote a book  titled “Water Quality and Ownership” in which he said the much vaunted riparian strips failed to deal with the big real problem.  “The fad of fencing … Continue reading

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On Apathy, Critics and and Vigilance

Opinion by Tony Orman Greek philosopher Plato once observed, “The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men.” Take “evil” in the broader sense. You might use “corrupt”, “arrogant” or some other adjective. You might even use the … Continue reading

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Watch Out For Tradable Water Rights

by Tony Orman   Late last year when visiting Tasmania I bought a newspaper “The Australian” and read an article about the impact of tradable water rights on Australian farmers. The headline was “Plea to Rein in Water Barons to … Continue reading

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The Madness of Governments

Opinion by Ken Sims I swear to God, the longer I observe politics in this country, the less I understand it.  There is something about politics that can make an apparently sane, cognizant, rational human being behave totally irrationally, and … Continue reading

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Democracy Becoming a Wide-Ranging Major Election Issue

The New Zealand Outdoors Party believes fundamental democracy is a rising election issue that should be at the forefront of major issues come the September election, says the party’s co-leader and lawyer Sue Grey. “We have taken for granted that … Continue reading

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Time to Stand Up!

Opinion by Angus McIntyre Originally on Facebook This is a pretty standard photo (below) of myself, on a hill, in the middle of nowhere, with an animal harvested to fill my freezer. This photo is who I am, I am … Continue reading

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New Conservative Party Slams Government Tahr Plan

New Conservative candidate Caleb Honiss, Banks Peninsula Candidate has fired a broadside at the government’s tahr plan saying government had failed to consult the hunting public.. “New Conservative is appalled by the lack of consultation provided by DOC to stakeholders in the management of … Continue reading

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NZ First calls For Halt to Sage’s Kill

New Zealand First is supporting calls by hunters and the New Zealand Tahr Foundation to halt a large scale cull of Himalayan Tahr by the Department of Conservation in National Parks. The calls are supported by a 40,000 strong petition … Continue reading

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