Monthly Archives: October 2023

California Bans Rat Poison, Harmful to Wildlie

BY Karen Garcia,  “LOS ANGELES TIMES” (Abridged) The body of B-372, an adult female bobcat, was found June 20, 2020, in Agoura Hills. Officials said she died from the effects of anticoagulant rat poisons. (National Park Service) Californian wildlife advocates are … Continue reading

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A Book about Good Old Kiwi Pubs

Iconic Kiwi Pubs – From Mangonui to Bluff, by George Lockyer, published by Bateman Books, Price $45.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Author George Lockyer is described on the dust jacket of the book as a “pub veteran.” He travelled the … Continue reading

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US “Water Warrior” Urges Speak Up on Water Crisis

by Ben Hope An American conservationist Erin Brokovich whose courage and victory over a corporate pollutant was made into a top Hollywood film has told a Water NZ industry conference that the water crisis its worsening.  She says people and … Continue reading

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Pipe Dream of Exterminating Predators Hits Trouble

New Zealand’s goal to become predator free by 2050 has been controversial. Now in the background, there are questions about its direction says an article in Stuff newspapers this morning, i.e. Monday 23 Oct. In the article, experienced journalist Eugene … Continue reading

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Cheap Attempt by Police to Bolster Pointless Firearm Registry – COLFO

Media have once again been led into incorrect reporting on the firearm registry, this time repeating claims that the new firearms registry enabled identification of a firearm on-seller, even though the data had been collected separately by Police since 2021. … Continue reading

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A Marine Ecologist’s Book on the Secret Lives of Fishes

Book Review “Fishes of Aotearoa” by Paul Caiger, published by Potton and Burton, Price $79.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Being insular in location, totally surrounded by sea, New Zealand with its minor islands has an aquatic ecology both in saltwater … Continue reading

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New Book on a True Deer Hunting Legend

“Finding Frank” by Louise Maich, published by Bateman Books, price $67.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman As a young deerstalker I remember the name Frank Erceg well. He was then a deer culler and a photo of him, rugged good looks … Continue reading

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ELECTION 2023 – Act Confident it will Woo National on Firearm Reform

From Newsroom The Act Party will fight to have the firearms registry shut down with its spokesperson Nicole McKee sure she can persuade National to rethink its support for it Act and National have a lot of common ground when … Continue reading

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Forget Boot Camps, do Outdoors Youth Training

Opinion by Tony Orman It’s difficult to understand the inward looking attitude of Police Minister Ginny Anderson to youth training camps. The title “boot camps” that she negatively uses is derogatory and distorts the intention and what they should be. … Continue reading

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A Stunning book on a Central North Island Station

Book Review “Blue Duck Station – The land, the rivers and the people” by Nicola McCloy, published by Basteman Books, Price $69.99 Reviewed by Tony Orman. The publisher’s blurb says of this book – “outstanding, amazing, fantastic and incredible and every other … Continue reading

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