Monthly Archives: July 2019

The Price of Apathy

by Ben Hope Apathy is commonplace. Just think back to general elections where usually about one million New Zealanders did not vote or were just so disinterested they didn’t register as voters. Recent Fish and Game elections showed a minority … Continue reading

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Gun Control Is a Misfire

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This from The American Conservative in 2016 – it’s not only New Zealand wresting with gun control What liberals and the NRA both get wrong. By MARC COOPER • March 21, 2016 The most fervent and polarized sides in the renewed debate on … Continue reading

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Anti-Wild Animal Phobia Creates Imaginary Pests

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by Ben Hope   In 1958, a Californian Professor of Zoology Dr William Graf, after studying New Zealand’s wild deer situation on behalf of the US state of Hawaii wrote that there existed “an anti-exotic wild animal phobia — not … Continue reading

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More People Cause More Man-made Climate Change

Guest Opinion by Tony Orman Everyone is hot and bothered about global warming. It’s a polarising topic. Everyone talks about it even the Pope Francis who said a year or so ago, that climate change “represents one of the principal … Continue reading

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Marlborough Anglers Scold Fisheries Minister For Breaking Election Promise

Special Report A Marlborough region recreational sea fishing group has challenged the Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash over the Labour Party’s 2017 election promise to investigate the quota management system, often referred to as QMS. On February 5, the minister … Continue reading

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Beware the Ides of March – A Black Day for NZ

Contributed by a lawful member of the NZ firearm owning public The Ides of March – it is said to beware of them.  In ancient Rome, the Romans considered the Ides of March (March 15) as a deadline for settling debts. But if you’ve … Continue reading

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Nitrates: Today’s Hemlock

By Rex N. Gibson Are our nitrate laden water supplies killing us? Sadly New Zealand now has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world; and it is growing. How is “God’s Own country”, of just 4.8 million people, … Continue reading

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Old Whangamomona Road Under Threat

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Guest Post by Andi Cockroft It all started back in 2000 when Stratford District Council became so concerned with the state of a locally renowned bridge over the Arnold Stream. So much so that they attempted to block the bridge … Continue reading

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Saving New Zealand’s dying wild salmon fishery – 101

By Rex N. Gibson Early this year (mid-season) I landed a sea-run salmon at Kairaki (Waimakariri mouth). My first reaction was “about time”. A lot of hours had gone into its pursuit. It became the beautiful smoked salmon on our … Continue reading

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Entertaining Wildlife Diversions

Entertaining Wildlife  Diversions by Ben Hope One evening last year a friend and I were hunting some of Marlborough’s backcountry around a sharp ridge that was punctuated by some rocky outcrops – ideal native falcon habitat. So it proved and … Continue reading

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Scientists Criticise QMS Fisheries “Mismanagement”

A group of scientists have come out critical of the New Zealand fishery’s quota management system. Claims that New Zealand has a “world leading” system for sustainably managing sea fisheries are in error, says an international team of fisheries experts. … Continue reading

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New Ineffective Firearm Law Arming Criminals?

Guest Opinion by Rupert Pye Following the terrible Christchurch shooting, government backed by Nationa’s, rushed through with “indecent haste” law banning military style weapons and laid out confiscation of military style weapons via buy-back. The law lacked thought and foresight. … Continue reading

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Is The Environment 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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