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Opinions expressed are not necessarily the views of CORANZ. But in the interests of open and fair debate, CORANZ prints opinion pieces.

Chlorine Highly Toxic to Trout

By Tony Orman Minute quantities of ‘free chlorine residuals’ are poisonous to trout and aquatic life and it is unsafe to discharge chlorinated water into a river at any concentration says a study done 40 years ago. The study was done in 1971 and entitled … Continue reading

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The Future of Duck Shooting

An opinion by Neil Hayes QSM CEnv PhD FRSA   In 2012, six years after lead shot was banned for duck shooting in 12 gauge shotguns, I wrote an article for “NZ Guns and Hunting” about the demise of mallard … Continue reading

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No need to Fix Fish and Game?

An Opinion by Dave Witherow There is nothing  wrong with the existing Fish & Game structure, and no valid reason for radical change Recent reports of trouble within Fish & Game conform to a standard script which surfaces about once … Continue reading

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Water Issues Involve Both Fish and Human Health

Opinion by Rex Gibson Both the Labour, NZ First and Green Parties campaigned in the last election, on promises to clean up New Zealand’s waterways. However disappointingly, the latest announcements are as close to a National party approach as you … Continue reading

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Disbelief at DOC’s $15 m West Coast “Pest Free” Spend-up

Opinion by Laurie Collins, West Coast I read, with absolute disbelief, that the Department of Conservation is going to spend $15 million to attempt to make Mt. Te Kinga, near the West Coast’s Lake Brunner, pest free. The area quoted … Continue reading

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Government Ramps Up Ecological Poisoning

by Carol Sawyer Never have I seen so many winter aerial 1080 operations as now! They barely gave themselves a breathing space. The Department of Conservation aerially 1080-poisoned 61,000 hectares of the Waitutu Forest and the Princess Mountains, Fiordland, 11-12 … Continue reading

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Is NZ In Chemical Cuckoo Land?

by Tony Orman The arrival of the migrant native bird the cuckoo used to be eagerly listened for around October 1. The bird is small and is more often heard than seen, identified by its distinctive whistling call repeated several … Continue reading

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Possums are Not Predators of Birds

by Andi Cockroft, CORANZ chairman Relative to the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust’s contention that possums are not predators of birds, it’s worth noting the research which the trust’s spokesman Laurie Collins quoted. Earlier this year I conducted a series of … Continue reading

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Brunner ZIP 1080 Drop Shows Minister’s Lack of Understanding

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage needs to take a basic biology lesson on the difference between a vegetarian herbivore and a carnivore predator, says a hunting and conservation advocacy. Laurie Collins spokesman for the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust (SHOT) said Minister … Continue reading

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Government Move on Rivers Gets D mark

The Government’s recently announced freshwater reforms are a masterclass in rhetoric over substance, says a trout and salmon fishing advocacy, the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers. The widely held view is that while Government listened to the science, acted … Continue reading

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Pesticides Reduction

Opinion by Michelle Terry Reducing pesticides, using—not wasting—our resources, and creating truly ‘green’ jobs in Nature. Can we do it?  In contrast to other countries which are reducing the impact of toxic chemicals on their natural environments, the New Zealand … Continue reading

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Failed Sea Fishery Quota System Should be Dumped – “Rescue Fish”

by John McNab The Quota Management System which government uses to manage the saltwater fishery should be dumped says national fishing advocate Legasea. Legasea has been working for over three years on an campaign titled Rescue Fish  to salvage the … Continue reading

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Farming The USA’s Oceans Under Virus Cover

Struggling commercial fishers and environmentalists say the White House is exploiting COVID-19 to privatise the ocean writes Alexander C Kaufman in the Huff Post (USA). These are some extracts. The full article is at  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-seafood_n_5ec83d11c5b6b214329566e4 Since lockdown measures in the … Continue reading

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Who Wants Ten Million People in NZ?

by Andi Cockroft, Chairman Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ Recently a Fairfax columnist Lana Hart advocated New Zealand could embrace a population of 10 million. This archaic thinking is still upheld by a few people and politicians. Even … Continue reading

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Mass Poisoning of NZ “Ecological Madness” – Coromandel Environmentalist

by Ben Hope A Coromandel environmentalist Reihana Robinson has slammed New Zealand’s use of poisons such as 1080 and brodifacoum. “To mass poison a landscape is ecological madness,” she said. In addition, the whole “pest” management policy lacks efficiency and … Continue reading

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Predator-Free Author Blasts DoC Bureaucrats and Forest and Bird

A conservationist and one of the instigators of Predator-Free New Zealand has blasted a national conservation organisation Forest and Bird and the Department of Conservation for creating a “tapestry of theft and deception” to sabotage the original concept while setting … Continue reading

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Poisons Mean Extinction – For Bees And Humanity

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” Maurice Maeterlinck, “The Life of a Bee”  In the last 50 years agrotoxins have spread and are pushing bees to extinction. The … Continue reading

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“Pest” Wallabies Could Be Earning Money for NZ

by Ben Hope Wallabies given a dishonourable mention in government’s recent budget as a pest needing money to combat them, could be earning valuable local and export dollars money by way of meat and hides says a hunters’ environmental advocacy … Continue reading

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High Country Management by Bureaucrats a “Disaster”

An opinion by Tony Orman The government is considering proposals to change the way the high country is being farmed. But how well qualified is government and its bureaucracies to formulate a constructive set of management proposals? How well has … Continue reading

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The Pest Control Jobs’ Budget Lacks Sustainability Vision

Opinion by Michelle Terry   “$1.1 billion for nature jobs”? Was this a first draft budget presented to NZ as the final version?   Using the word Nature to describe pesticide and herbicide use is stretching the truth to the … Continue reading

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