Monthly Archives: January 2021

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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Opinion by the late Jolyon Firth Jolyon Firth was a  Deputy Mayor of Auckland in the 1980s. His obituary in 2008 described him as affable yet out spoken who once publicly called the then Prime Minister Rob Muldoon as gutless and … Continue reading

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NZ Smelt Decline Crisis Mirrored Other Side of World

by Dr Peter Trolove Press ReleaseNZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers17 January, 2021NZ Smelt Decline Crisis Mirrored Other Side of World A drastic decline in an important native fish in New Zealand has been matched by a similar decline in a … Continue reading

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Auckland Beaches Polluted

Swimmers have been warned not to swim at several Auckland beaches.  Warnings were very recently put in place for Kohimarama Beach and St Heliers Beach and several beaches in the Waitākere region are off limits. Earlier there were over 50 beaches … Continue reading

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Scientists Warn of Urgency over Insect Declines

by Tony Orman Nineteen scientists from European countries such as Germany and Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Australia, Philippines and Brazil have given a strong warning about dramatic declines of insects. The warning in February 2020 and published in “Biological Conservation” … Continue reading

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How Much is a Trout Worth?

Reprinted from “Fishing Breaks” (UK) Let me ask you a question. How much is a wild brown trout worth? I suppose, at the most basic level, its value is zero as the cost of its creation, in monetary terms, was zero. Mother … Continue reading

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