Monthly Archives: April 2023

Taxpayers’ Union Hopping Mad Over Wallaby Waste

Extract from recent Taxpayers’ Union Newsletter Hopping mad: COVID-19 funding to ‘destroy’ wallabies for $153,000 a pop After almost six months’ worth of excuses, transfers and extensions on an Official Information Act request sent back in November, your humble Taxpayers’ Union has revealed … Continue reading

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Call for ANZAC Day services to be exempt from new firearm fees – COLFO

Media release The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) has today called for Anzac Day services with ceremonial gun salutes to be exempt from new firearm event fees proposed by Police.  Last year Police proposed new fees for events where … Continue reading

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NZ’s Vegetation Evolved Under Browsing by Birds and Insects

by Tony Orman The headlines in the “Dominion/Post” of 27 October 2006, screamed “Hungry caterpillars strip beech forests.” Underneath the big words was a photo of the d’Urville Valley in the Nelson Lakes National Park and further below, the report … Continue reading

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Half a Million Apolitical Losers?

Opinion by Charlie Baycroft People that hunt, fish and own firearms are being discriminated against and disadvantaged because they will not become politically active and involved in electing effective representatives to speak for them in their government.Let us call these people … Continue reading

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Firearms are Not to Blame for Shootings; the Mentally Sick Society created by Politicians is

Opinion by Lew Hore The news about a rise in firearm crimes as reported in the “Otago Daily Times” 12 April, 2023 suggests that undemocratically rushed government measures following the tragic Mosque shooting by the Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant in March … Continue reading

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DOC Increases Hut Prices for Taxpaying public

Press release by Department of Conservation The Department of Conservation is  updating accommodation prices for huts, lodges, some campsites, the West Coast’s Paparoa Track, and off-season rates for some Great Walk huts. The new prices will be applied for the 2023/24 booking year, from 1 … Continue reading

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Wild Pig – is There a Good Side to Them?

A Thought by Ben Hope One wee vale of a valley I used to hunt was frequently rotary-hoed by wild pigs. Now there is an intense dislike of wild pigs by just about everyone. But what I noticed as pigs … Continue reading

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Briefing to Police Minister reveals risks of firearm license fee increases to frontline officers

Last week, the Police Association refused to publish an article by COLFO which detailed objections to the fees and has since run in the “New Zealand Herald”. The article cites a January briefing to the Police Minister which warned that … Continue reading

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Ardern’s Environmental Appointment is Puzzling

Opinion by Tony Orman Jacinda Ardern has just been been appointed a trustee of the Prince of Wales’ prestigious environment award, “The Earthshot Prize” created by Prince William to fund projects that aim to save the planet. Prince William was … Continue reading

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Licensed Firearms Owners Treated like Criminals by Government – ACT

“The Government’s proposed changes to firearms licensing regulations are insulting to hundreds of thousands of law-abiding Kiwis,” says ACT’s Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. “An increase from $126.50 to $625.60 for a new five year firearms licence is proposed … Continue reading

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Many Endangered or Lost Species, but Some Extinctions Are Inevitable

Opinion by Paul Revere   Many believe  – among them ecologists – believe the world is beset with a massive extinction, the sixth mass extinction which comprises the five previous catastrophic events over the past 600 million years, during which … Continue reading

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