Monthly Archives: April 2024

Angling-Conservation Group Sees Fast Track Bill as Undemocratic

Special Report A national angling conservation group opposes the government’s proposed legislation for fast track approvals for development projects. Principal reasons for the opposition is the loss of the public’s democratic right to have “a fair say” and the vital … Continue reading

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Fishing Industry Under-reporting Dolphin Deaths

Opinion by Rebekah White, “The Weekender” Turns out that we’ve been making decisions based on bad data: the fishing industry has been underreporting deaths of ocean wildlife, and the numbers of dolphins and birds being killed are drastically higher than … Continue reading

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Last Chance

Today is your last opportunity to make a submission on the proposed Fast-Track Approvals Bill. It doesn’t matter what your views are, just make your submission and make your feelings known. You have until midnight 19th April to make a … Continue reading

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Forest and Bird Wants Fiordland’s Wapiti Herd Gone

Opinion by Tony Orman   Forest and Bird according to a recent article in the ”Southland Times” has applied for a judicial review of whether wapiti should be allowed in the Fiordland National Park. The Fiordland National Park has an … Continue reading

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Government’s Fast Track Bill Ignores Democracy Obligations

Special report A government proposal to fast track development projects would further hasten the erosion of democracy and leave public lands wide open for commercial exploitation  according to the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ).  In a written … Continue reading

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Book on Foraging an Intriguing Wealth of Information

Book Review: “Foraging New Zealand” by Peter Langland’s. Published by Penguin, price $50.00 Reviewed by Tony Orman “Foraging New Zealand” by Canterbury’s Peter Langlands is a meticulously researched guide to foraging, i.e. gathering leaves and flowers for eating. Author Peter … Continue reading

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ACT Backs Wapiti Herd and Opposes Forest and Bird’s Call

“Forest & Bird’s threatened legal action against Fiordland’s wapiti (elk) management programme would be a massive own goal for conservation,” says ACT Conservation spokesman Cameron Luxton. “For 13 years, DOC has had an arrangement with the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, in … Continue reading

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Forest and Bird’s Attack on Fiordland’s Wapiti Herd is Nonsense

Opinion by Tony Orman Introduction; In an article on “Newsroom”, Forest & Bird  has challenged the legality of the prized wapiti (elk) herd in the Fiordland National Park.When President Theodore Roosevelt of the United States made a gift of wapiti … Continue reading

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Government 1080 Drops Costly to the Economy and Ecology

Special report Aerial drops of 1080 poison are of high cost to both the economy and ecology says an environmental and outdoor recreation advocacy. The Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust described the frequency of 1080 drops that have recently been carried … Continue reading

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Shane Jones’ Snapper Farming Proposal “Full of Fish Hooks”

A proposal by Fisheries Minister Shane Jones for the farming of snapper has been described by an outdoor recreation organisation as “injudicious and a fallacy”.  Tony Orman, past chairman of the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations and the New Zealand … Continue reading

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DoC spent nearly $500,000 to kill one stoat in Fiordland

by Nick James for RNZ The Department of Conservation (DOC) spent nearly half a million dollars on an operation to kill one stoat. In August 2022 a male stoat was identified on Chalky Island/Te Kākahu-O-Tamatea, in Fiordland which has been predator-free since … Continue reading

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United States lifts ban on New Zealand fish exports

Press release   A temporary ban on some New Zealand fish exports to the United States has been lifted in a win for commonsense, says Oceans and Fisheries Minister Shane Jones and Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay.. The United States’ … Continue reading

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