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A Book for Every Thinking Deerstalker

A Book for Every Thinking Deerstalker “Tracking and Finding Deer in New Zealand” by Roger Lentle, published by Bateman books. Price $34.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. Readers may recall Roger Lentle’s fine books – co-authored with Frank Saxton – on … Continue reading

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Police to target law-abiding kiwis and create a slush fund

COLFO Media release The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) has today rallied its members to make submissions against excessive fees proposed by Police that will put public safety at risk. COLFO says the huge expense of the new fees … Continue reading

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Impressive Celebration of Farming Book

Book Review “For the Love of Farming” – Celebrating Farming in New Zealand” by Alan Gibson. Published by Exile Publishing. Price $59.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Alan Gibson has been a photo-journalist for Auckland’s “New Zealand Herald”, a job which … Continue reading

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Remember it’s Public Lands and Not Government’s or DOC’s.

  Opinion by Clyde Graf   Recently the Game Animal Council in its summer newsletter, identified access as a key “top of the mind” issue for recreational hunters. It said;-   “Access issues are by far the biggest concern for … Continue reading

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Possum – Pest or Resource?

Opinion by Tony Orman Quote – “We shall be doing a great service to the country in stocking these large areas with this valuable and harmless animal.” Auckland Acclimatisation Society Annual Report 1917, in discussing possums. “A query about the … Continue reading

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More Kea “Non-science” from DoC

Opinion by Dr Jo Pollard B Sc (Honours), PHD The Department of Conservation’s (DoC’s) blatant disregard for science was vivid in October. Articles claiming that “1080 benefits outweigh kea deaths” were published in newspapers and online. This claim was based … Continue reading

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The Environmental Disaster of Carbon Farming

Opinion by Tony Orman In April last year, I went trout fishing to a stream that is a tributary of the Wairau River.  It is also an important spawning stream for both brown trout and probably some salmon. It is … Continue reading

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Police Fudge Real Costs to Justify Firearm License Fee Increases

Media release – COLFO Police have pulled costs out of thin air to create its consultation document for increased firearm license fees, says the Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO). COLFO spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack says the consultation document released by … Continue reading

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Increased Fees will Force Firearms Owners to Forgo Licence, Keep Firearms

Media Release COLFO Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack says raising firearms license fees by up to 400% during a cost-of-living crisis will prohibit many people from renewing their firearms license, but some will keep hold of … Continue reading

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Police Aim to Price Firearm Public Out of Their Sport, Hobby or Business

Special Report In a discussion document released yesterday entitled Arms regulations: Review of fees 2022 Police seek to recover the full cost of administering many of the laws and regulations covering the ownership and use of firearms, together with partial … Continue reading

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Urgent Action Needed on Marlborough Sounds Demise

Opinion piece by Pete Watson Beneath the idyllic, calm waters the Marlborough Sounds, is a serious problem There was a recent article (Dec 7) entitled “Three Quarters of Marlborough Forestry Blocks Fail Initial Check” and written by Maia Hart. It … Continue reading

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“Home is an Island” Rates Well

“Home is an Island” by Neville Peat.  Published by Potton and Burton. Price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. Award winning author Neville Peat of Dunedin has been a  writer for over 50 years. During his working life Neville has visited … Continue reading

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Great Book on Ice’s Profound Effect on NZ’s landscapes

“Vanishing Ice”  subtitled “Stories of New Zealand’s Glaciers” by Lynley Hargreaves, published by Potton and Burton. Price $59.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman If like me you’ve been in the hills or mountains, tramping, hunting or fishing a wilderness stream and you pause to … Continue reading

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DoC and Predator Free Movement Ignoring Basic Ecology

Special report The Department of Conservation and the Predator Free movement are not facing up to ecological realities and the consequences of disrupting nature’s food chains, says Canterbury-based scientist Dr Jo Pollard in an article in the latest New Zealand … Continue reading

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Misguided, Ill-conceived DOC’s Whitebait Management

Opinion by Steve Veail Sub-title:- Whitebait Season 2022   Round Up from a Recreational Perspective As a whitebaiter on the Waikanae River for the last few years, here are my thoughts and conclusions of the 2022 season as seen by … Continue reading

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Australian Crime Up in Face of Firearm Confiscation

Special report Twelve months since law abiding firearm owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by the government –  a programme that cost Australian taxpayers more than $500 million dollars … Continue reading

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Politics and the Environment Are Simply Cause and Effect

Below are extracts from an editorial in the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Associations magazine “New Zealand Wildlife”  Autumn 1973 issue. John B Henderson then NZDA’s national president was the author. The previous year, the National government had been trounced at the … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of GDP – Ignores Quality of Life and Environment

Opinion by Tony Orman A recent newspaper column by Deidre Kent advocating “degrowth” dared to challenge the mindless pursuit of gross domestic product, that is GDP. GDP is the measurement of New Zealand’s progress and for that matter of the … Continue reading

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Top New Book on Marlborough Valley and Farmers

Book Review:- “The Clarence – People and Places of Waiau-toa” by Tim Fulton, published by Bateman Books. Price $79.99 Review by Tony Orman The Clarence River rises from Lake Tennyson high in the backcountry  west of Hanmer Springs. The river then runs … Continue reading

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Police Minister Hipkins’ Cannot Connect Firearm Clubs with Terrorism

Media Release by Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) says firearm club members have been enraged at the Police Minister’s implication that the Christchurch terrorist was harboured by a firearm club that should have identified … Continue reading

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