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“Sick, Violent Talk” Against Possums

by John McNab Hate speech around possums has risen to new heights – or is it sunk to low depths – on a Queenstown Trading Facebook group. A person wrote in on the Queenstown Trading Facebook group very recently, along … Continue reading

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New Book on Topical “Freedom of Speech” Issue

by Tony Orman Freedom of speech is something that is taken for granted, living in a democracy, but in recent years society has become rent with controversy, polarisation and division. Whether town or country all are subject to the impacts. … Continue reading

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Brainwashing Kids Has to Stop

An opinion by Teddy Roostervelt There’s a lot of interesting columnists on the internet. One of the more interesting ones is Amy Brooke of Nelson. She writes in provocative style and dares to raise issues others fear to discuss.  Recently … Continue reading

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Habitat and Rivers – Key to Halting Whitebait Decline

Habitat and Rivers – Key to Halting Whitebait Decline The key to halting the decline in whitebait and other native fish lies in stopping spawning habitat destruction and stopping the decline in river flows and quality, says the NZ Federation … Continue reading

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Opinion: Government’s Firearm Law Handling Disastrous

By Teddy Roosterveldt The aftermath of the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack allegedly by an Australian gunman has been handled in a clumsy and cynically undemocratic way by government. Prime Minister Jacinda Adern and her police minister, Napier MP Stuart Nash, … Continue reading

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NZ’s Inhumane 1080 Use Slammed Overseas

New Zealand’s use of 1080 was been criticised internationally as word of the poison and its cruelty leaked out. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, said 1080 was an extremely … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL 1080 EXPOSURE BITTERSWEET

Those who oppose Aerial 1080 believe it is just plain wrong – on so many levels. Efforts to get it stopped are frustrating.  Growing international exposure may be the best tool in the toolbox – yet it’s bittersweet. So-called Anti-1080 … Continue reading

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Salmon Farming – High Risk, Dubious Economic Venture

Salmon farming is a high risk venture with marginal, uncertain economic returns says the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). NZFFA president Dr Peter Trolove who has aquatic veterinarian qualifications and experience from the UK, said high deaths from King … Continue reading

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My House Was Raided Over A .22LR Lever Action Rifle

Guest opinion by Dieuwe de Boer – 10 January 2020 On Thursday evening, I was just finishing up dinner with my two oldest kids. My wife was feeling unwell and feeding our four-week old baby in bed. I had just … Continue reading

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New Conservative Party Slams Police Heavy-Handed Style

The New Conservative Party has slammed the police for heavy-handed style in a raid on the home of a law-abiding New Zealander. On January 9, twelve armed police officers raided the home of a young family with a newborn child. Dieuwe … Continue reading

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Wider Benefits of Going Outdoors

Opinion by Tony Orman The outdoors is a heritage in New Zealand handed down to successive generations. Young people if given the opportunity usually revel in the outdoors via several pastimes such as f For youngsters the outdoors is an … Continue reading

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Crazed Zeal Destroying NZ’s Bio-diversity

Opinion by Ben Hope Hunting and fishing are two sports deeply ingrained into the Kiwi psyche. In New Zealand’s egalitarian society, anyone can fish or hunt. It was a legacy the first European settlers instilled into the new colony in … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Steps for Fresh Water

by Tony Orman New Zealand first settlers sought to escape the UK’s feudal system where wealth is often the key to access to natural resources and the outdoors.  New Zealand was set up as an egalitarian society of equal opportunity … Continue reading

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Who Should Be on Trial March 15, 2020?

An opinion piece by Ben Hope The Christchurch mosque shootings were two consecutive terrorist attacks at mosques in the cityChristchurch, New Zealand, during Friday Prayer on 15 March 2019.The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque in the suburb of … Continue reading

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Trout Guides Urged to Fight For Rivers

The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers has urged professional fishing guides to get involved in fighting for clean and flowing rivers. In a lead letter to the “Star Sunday Times”, Tony Orman as spokesman for the federation said guides should … Continue reading

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Firearm Ownership a Traditional Right

The right to own a firearm, subject to safety checks, is part of the New Zealand heritage – no different from gaining the right to drive a motor vehicle –  says a sporting hunters advocacy group. West Coaster Laurie Collins, … Continue reading

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Troubles with Pine Forests

A column in Fairfax papers by a Christchurch high school student Mia Sutherland entitled “The Trouble with Pines” has challenged the value of large scale pine plantings aimed at carbon trading and sequestering. It also provoked reaction from conservation and … Continue reading

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West Coast Beach Dead Rats Killed by 1080?

Dead rats found on beaches near the mouth of the Buller River near Westport were almost certainly 1080 killed rodents, despite Department of Conservation denials says a trout fishing advocacy the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) NZFFA president Dr … Continue reading

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Government Freshwater Reforms Doomed to Fail?

  A river and trout fishers’ advocacy concern at chemicals entering the public’s rivers and streams, has been heightened by government’s much vaunted fresh-water reforms ignoring a number of them. The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) has given … Continue reading

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Sport Fishing Council has new CEO

The NZ Sport Fishing Council has a chief executive officer with the appointment of Steven Stanford. A press release from the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council said Steven Sanford has an extensive history in Business Management with particularly strong skills in  Business … Continue reading

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