NZ says to Australia – Don’t Use 1080

Special report Victoria’s National Parks are being closed off to allow fallow deer to be bombarded with 1080 poison. The proposal has drawn strong criticism from the Australian hunting public and also New Zealand’s Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. Laurie Collins, … Continue reading

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Don’t Let the Dreaded Disease Afflict you!

Opinion by Ben Hope There’s a disease far worse than Covid19 that can afflict anyone, anytime, anywhere. It is called apathy. My Heinemann’s New Zealand dictionary defines it as “a lack of interest or energy.” The Collins English dictionary describes … Continue reading

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Doc Kills Native Vegetation with Herbicide

How did two weed control operations on public conservation land go so wrong? David Williams of Newsroom reports The effects of the herbicide spraying becomes obvious just past the old, corrugated-iron musterers’ hut, with its tack shed and veranda. Scattered among … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

Opinion by Tony Orman Nineteenth century British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once said “There are three types of lies – lies, damn lies, and statistics.”  Studies are meant to foster informed decision-making, sound judgments and actions based on evidence, not … Continue reading

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Dig that Cicada Rhythm n Blues

It’s that time of year when the Cicada makes their circadian debut (yep pun intended) following a 17-year internment buried deep underground. Cicada give us a brilliant insight into the health (or not) of a particular ecosystem. With many different … Continue reading

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Is Democracy Under Threat from Today’s Politicians?

Opinion by Rupert Pye           In 2017 former prime minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer wrote a startling blog post expressing concern about the state of democracy in New Zealand. It surely should have been headline news but it … Continue reading

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“Yes Minister” Hamstringing Fisheries Management and Deceiving Fisheries Ministers

Opinion by Tony Orman The Quota Management System for managing sea fisheries was introduced in 1986. The principle behind the QMS is commercial fishers own (or lease) the right to catch a certain proportion (quota) of the Total Allowable Catch … Continue reading

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Possum – Pest or Resource?

by Tony Orman Back in 1917, the Auckland Acclimatisation Society in it’s annual report  discussed possums saying “We shall be doing a great service to the country in stocking these large areas with this valuable and harmless animal.” How things changed … Continue reading

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Canterbury’s Water Story is Not a Happy one

by Dr Peter Trolove President NZ Federation Freshwater Anglers Introduction The following comments are the distillation of NZ media articles, relevant books and peer reviewed publications from New Zealand and North America, meeting attendances, attendance at Ecan water allocation hearings, … Continue reading

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The Conservation Legacy of USA’s John Muir

by Stephen Fox  1981  Perhaps the most legendary woodsman in American history, John Muir (1838 – 1914) was a Scottish-born naturalist, an eccentric nature lover who would set out for the wilderness for days on end with only tea, oatmeal, and … Continue reading

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Not Only in New Zealand

Reports are coming in of the demise of the last Golden Eagle in Wales. Killed most likely by poison, although it did have a couple of marks from shot as well although these had healed. A truly sad day for … Continue reading

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The Perch is a Valued Sporting Fish – not a Pest

Opinion by Tony Orman Currently  Fisheries NZ has a discussion document open for public submissions, in which it is proposed to list perch as a “pest fish” –  contrary to the current legal status of perch as a “sporting fish.” Over … Continue reading

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Should Dairy Farming Expand in Areas of Low Rainfall?

Opinion by Andi Cockroft A recent Radio New Zealand report says that Hawkes Bay rivers are suddenly starting to dry up, with conditions starting to track close to last year’s dry spell, which was described as a one-in-100-year event. The … Continue reading

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New Zealand – “Kill Everything Conservation”

by Andi Cockroft Earlier this week I had a wonderful meeting with a conservationist from India who was visiting to research conservation strategies in New Zealand. Her most insightful comment is that unlike India where conservation involves co-existence strategies, New … Continue reading

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Radio NZ reveals Big Companies Big Polluters

Radio NZ has reported Talleys, Ernest Adams and Yoplait are among hundreds of manufacturers and brands dumping contaminants into New Zealand’s drains and getting away with it. The same sorts of bloody, greasy scenes are playing out across New Zealand. Even … Continue reading

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Curtailing Consultation and Diminishing Democracy are Major Concerns

Opinion by Andi Cockroft, Chairman Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ   An Otago Daily Times report (23 January) that nearly two-thirds of Dunedin residents think public consultation is lacking at the Dunedin City Council, according to the latest Dunedin Residents’ Opinion … Continue reading

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The Death of New Zealand’s Bio-Diversity

The late Bill Benfield, former Council of Outdoor Recreation Association’s chairman, wrote this opinion piece four years ago. It is more relevant than ever as the Department of Conservation and OSPRI carry out more and more 1080 drops and in … Continue reading

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The Life and Work of NZ Naturalist G V Hudson

Book Review:”An Exquisite Legacy” by George Gibbs. Published by Potton and Burton. Price $59.9. Reviewed by Tony Orman. This book is the life and story of George Hudson (1867-1947 an amateur naturalist with a passion for insects, particularly butterflies and … Continue reading

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NZ’s Environment Protection Measures are Failing Dismally

by Andi Cockroft, chairman Council of Outdoor Recreation Assns of NZ Do we have toothless tigers and pedestrian politicians protecting our environment? If media reports are to be believed, the environmental watchdogs EPA and likely its predecessor ERMA have never … Continue reading

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DOC Claims of 1080 Success on Pirongia Possums Seriously Flawed

Diverse native wildlife on Mount Pirongia in South Waikato can flourish this summer, thanks to a successful pest control operation, says the Department of Conservation (DOC). But the department’s claim are seriously flawed say two outdoor organisations.  The Council of … Continue reading

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