Monthly Archives: September 2022

Commercial Fishing Industry blindsided by gutting of Fisheries Bill

by Jem Traylen of “Business Desk” (abridged) Fisheries minister David Parker is blaming public mistrust in the quota management system for withdrawing an important part of a reform package being considered by parliament. In a move that blindsided the fishing … Continue reading

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Gilding a Turd

The release of the LAWA monitoring reports for 1727 river and lake sites reveals a national disgrace 82% of monitored lowland lakes are in a poor or very poor condition Water quality in rivers and streams is likely to be … Continue reading

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Declines in River and Water Quality Shameful

Recent news that the latest environmental assessment by Land, Air, Water, Aotearoa (LAWA) has revealed a continuing decline in the standard of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and streams has been labelled as a “big wakeup call” on New Zealand. Chairman … Continue reading

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Carbon Mining – Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain.

Opinion from Pure Advantage There is a new risk to you – the taxpayer – from the government’s recent decision to back off from excluding exotic species like pine from the permanent forest category of the emissions trading scheme.  Pine, Pinus radiata. We use … Continue reading

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DOC 1080 Drop at Iconic Lake Wakatipu Cops Flak

A Department of Conservation aerial drop of 1080 to eradicate rats and stoats, at the head of Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown has drawn strong criticism from hunters and conservationists. Hunters are concerned that the drop area covers the whitetail deer … Continue reading

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Firearm Registry- Political, Not a Pragmatic One?

Opinion by Chaz Forsyth Introduction The value of a registry as a crime prevention and crime solving tool has repeatedly been advanced by its supporters..  The police on many occasions before the recent law changes have argued that a registry … Continue reading

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The Ethical Cost of Predator Free New Zealand 2050: Suffering in the name of Conservation

by Koen Margodt, Ph.D  The Jane Goodall Institute Global and Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium. Correspondence koen.margodt@janegoodall.global  The Predator Free 2050 (PF 2050) programme aims to eradicate key introduced mammals of New Zealand by 2050 in … Continue reading

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Make Your Vote Count

CORANZ is very strictly apolitical, but we do see apathy as a far greater threat to democracy than any political candidate. With local body elections looming, and closing midday on Saturday 8th October, it is vital you exercise your right … Continue reading

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People Apathy Threatening Democracy

A further opinion by Tony Orman on disappearing democracy I’m a keen recreational fishermen and I revel in being down the Marlborough Sounds fishing for snapper or blue cod or casting a fly for kahawai at a river mouth. But … Continue reading

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A Number One Election Issue 2023 – the Loss of Democracy

Opinion by Tony Orman   Politicians have always had a penchant to forget they are elected  to serve the public and the public interest.  Way, way back in 1974 I wrote to the Labour government and in particular the Minister of … Continue reading

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Fish Hooks Hidden in Ministry’s Fisheries Bill

Sam Woolford is team lead for LegaSea, a non-profit organisation “dedicated to restoring the abundance, biodiversity and health of New Zealand’s marine environment”. OPINION: In 1989 Fisheries Minister Colin Moyle, the father of the current fisheries’ management framework, made what is … Continue reading

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NZ’s Predator Free 2050 “Unethical, Unnecessary, and Unrealistic”

New Zealand’s Predator Free 2050 programme aims to eradicate key introduced mammals to the country by 2050 in order to conserve endangered species. This eradication programme using slow killing poisons, causes a prolonged death agony of intense suffering for millions … Continue reading

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Piecemeal Police gun crime data a ‘dangerous embarrassment’

Media release The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) says piecemeal publication of firearm crime data masks incompetent data collection by Police, increases public firearm fear, and hides the failure of the firearm confiscation programme. A story this week by … Continue reading

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A New Dark Stage in NZ’s Constitutional History.

Opinion by David Round I am afraid we are entering a new dark stage in our constitutional history.  I daresay that, even if you live in Canterbury, you have never heard of the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill, currently before … Continue reading

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Public Conservation Lands Rort

by David Round There is gunfire every night in the streets of the country’s largest city.  The health system is on the verge of collapse. Somewhere around 40% of school pupils regularly play truant. Cabinet Ministers openly talk of replacing … Continue reading

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