Author Archives: Andi Cockroft

NZ Outdoors Party

CORANZ is firmly apolitical in its dealings with the various parties. We do monitor their press releases however, and one in particular from the Outdoors Party caught our attention. We pass no comment on this, but reflect in precis form … Continue reading

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Get Off the Grass!

Opinion:- We take it for granted, for it is all around us. Whether it be parkland, football field, reserve or more likely pasture, grass is simply everywhere in our urban or in proximity to town landscapes. Yet other than a … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs – la Fin.

This is the fourth and final in a series observing behaviour of the Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus Vulpecula) when exposed to hen’s eggs. As previously stated, this is a series of simple high-school type experiments conducted to determine if the … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs – Part Trois

This is the third in a series observing behaviour of the Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus Vulpecula) when exposed to hens’ eggs. A simple high-school type experiment is conducted to determine if the possum naturally consumes eggs. Although a hens egg … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs – Part Deux

Following on from my previous post https://coranz.org.nz/do-possums-like-eggs/, where I detail my first attempt at observing possums and their affinity or not to taking eggs. In part one, although food offerings were gratefully accepted, the hens egg I left for their … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs?

Doesn’t look like it – at least not at first sight. Out of idle curiosity, I did an experiment in my back yard where possums are frequent if slightly unwelcome visitors. Always getting into mischief by tearing into rubbish bags … Continue reading

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A Sour Taste

Guest Post by Rex N. Gibson Peter Trolove is the current President of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers Inc. He commutes between his home at the North Rakaia huts and a batch at Okarito. Hunting and fishing are passions … Continue reading

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Are trout a threat to native fish species?

By Rex N. Gibson This is a situation where you have to see the forest, and not just the individual trees; or more correctly see the ecosystem and not just individual species interactions. Brown trout (three in total) were first … Continue reading

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Gun Control Is a Misfire

This from The American Conservative in 2016 – it’s not only New Zealand wresting with gun control What liberals and the NRA both get wrong. By MARC COOPER • March 21, 2016 The most fervent and polarized sides in the renewed debate on … Continue reading

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Marlborough Anglers Scold Fisheries Minister For Breaking Election Promise

Special Report A Marlborough region recreational sea fishing group has challenged the Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash over the Labour Party’s 2017 election promise to investigate the quota management system, often referred to as QMS. On February 5, the minister … Continue reading

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Beware the Ides of March – A Black Day for NZ

Contributed by a lawful member of the NZ firearm owning public The Ides of March – it is said to beware of them.  In ancient Rome, the Romans considered the Ides of March (March 15) as a deadline for settling debts. But if you’ve … Continue reading

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Nitrates: Today’s Hemlock

By Rex N. Gibson Are our nitrate laden water supplies killing us? Sadly New Zealand now has one of the highest bowel cancer rates in the world; and it is growing. How is “God’s Own country”, of just 4.8 million people, … Continue reading

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Old Whangamomona Road Under Threat

Guest Post by Andi Cockroft It all started back in 2000 when Stratford District Council became so concerned with the state of a locally renowned bridge over the Arnold Stream. So much so that they attempted to block the bridge … Continue reading

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Saving New Zealand’s dying wild salmon fishery – 101

By Rex N. Gibson Early this year (mid-season) I landed a sea-run salmon at Kairaki (Waimakariri mouth). My first reaction was “about time”. A lot of hours had gone into its pursuit. It became the beautiful smoked salmon on our … Continue reading

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Entertaining Wildlife Diversions

Entertaining Wildlife  Diversions by Ben Hope One evening last year a friend and I were hunting some of Marlborough’s backcountry around a sharp ridge that was punctuated by some rocky outcrops – ideal native falcon habitat. So it proved and … Continue reading

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Scientists Criticise QMS Fisheries “Mismanagement”

A group of scientists have come out critical of the New Zealand fishery’s quota management system. Claims that New Zealand has a “world leading” system for sustainably managing sea fisheries are in error, says an international team of fisheries experts. … Continue reading

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New Ineffective Firearm Law Arming Criminals?

Guest Opinion by Rupert Pye Following the terrible Christchurch shooting, government backed by Nationa’s, rushed through with “indecent haste” law banning military style weapons and laid out confiscation of military style weapons via buy-back. The law lacked thought and foresight. … Continue reading

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Is The Environment in Chemical Cuckoo Land?

by Tony Orman The arrival of the migrant native bird the cuckoo used to be eagerly listened for around October 1. The bird is small and is more often heard than seen, identified by its distinctive whistling call repeated several … Continue reading

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