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The Death of New Zealand’s Bio-Diversity

The late Bill Benfield, former Council of Outdoor Recreation Association’s chairman, wrote this opinion piece four years ago. It is more relevant than ever as the Department of Conservation and OSPRI carry out more and more 1080 drops and in … Continue reading

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The Life and Work of NZ Naturalist G V Hudson

Book Review:”An Exquisite Legacy” by George Gibbs. Published by Potton and Burton. Price $59.9. Reviewed by Tony Orman. This book is the life and story of George Hudson (1867-1947 an amateur naturalist with a passion for insects, particularly butterflies and … Continue reading

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DOC Claims of 1080 Success on Pirongia Possums Seriously Flawed

Diverse native wildlife on Mount Pirongia in South Waikato can flourish this summer, thanks to a successful pest control operation, says the Department of Conservation (DOC). But the department’s claim are seriously flawed say two outdoor organisations.  The Council of … Continue reading

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Opinion by the late Jolyon Firth Jolyon Firth was a  Deputy Mayor of Auckland in the 1980s. His obituary in 2008 described him as affable yet out spoken who once publicly called the then Prime Minister Rob Muldoon as gutless and … Continue reading

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Auckland Beaches Polluted

Swimmers have been warned not to swim at several Auckland beaches.  Warnings were very recently put in place for Kohimarama Beach and St Heliers Beach and several beaches in the Waitākere region are off limits. Earlier there were over 50 beaches … Continue reading

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Scientists Warn of Urgency over Insect Declines

by Tony Orman Nineteen scientists from European countries such as Germany and Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Australia, Philippines and Brazil have given a strong warning about dramatic declines of insects. The warning in February 2020 and published in “Biological Conservation” … Continue reading

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How Much is a Trout Worth?

Reprinted from “Fishing Breaks” (UK) Let me ask you a question. How much is a wild brown trout worth? I suppose, at the most basic level, its value is zero as the cost of its creation, in monetary terms, was zero. Mother … Continue reading

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Is 1080 Harmful to Trout and Stream Ecology?

by Tony Orman A Federated Farmers and Forest and Bird Fact Sheet on 1080 poison said  “Trials in four West Coast streams using 10 times the number of 1080 baits that would be expected to enter streams during aerial treatment … Continue reading

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Almost the entire West Coast of South Island currently covered in deadly pesticides

By courtesy of Waikanae Watch from Ecocide Awareness NZ Almost the entire West Coast of  the South Island is currently covered in deadly pesticides — mainly 1080, and also cyanide and others poisons, aerial and distributed by hand. From Kohaihai Bluff, North … Continue reading

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Toxic River Algae Early Summer a Shameful Situation

Opinion by Ben Hope It is not yet Christmas – yet already toxic algae has appeared in North Canterbury Rivers such as the Waiau.  The Canterbury District Health Board has issued a health warning. It is not the first water … Continue reading

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Sea Fisheries QMS Needs Urgent Review and Overhaul

Opinion by Tony Orman The Quota Management System that has been governed New Zealand sea fisheries “management” for over 30 years has been corrupted, is counter-productive and needs replacing. Thirty four years ago as president of the NZ Recreational Fishing … Continue reading

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Coromandel Scallop Beds in Precarious Situation.

Press release by Legasea Coromandel residents are concerned about the noticeable decline of scallop numbers on the eastern side of the Peninsula. This is likely due to years of unconstrained harvest and destructive dredging, which decimates scallops and crabs, crustaceans, other … Continue reading

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New MP Raps Parliament for Attacking Law-abiding Firearm-owning Citizens

by John McNab ACT MP Nicole McKee in her maiden speech to Parliament  slammed the Government’s gun control laws following the “Ides of March” mosque massacre last year. In her speech, Nicole McKee thanked the firearms community, especially member groups … Continue reading

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What are Governments Doing to Our Environment?

by Tony Orman A couple of years ago, I visited the MacKenzie country in central South Island. Two observations left an indelible impression. Accompanied by my labrador, I went for a climb up into a beech gully that looked likely … Continue reading

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Heritage of Outdoor Access Under Threat

Opinion by Andi Cockcroft New Zealand was founded by people who had deliberately abandoned a feudal society built on privilege by dint of wealth for an egalitarian one where there was equal social opportunity for all, regardless of wealth, ethnic background … Continue reading

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Superb Book on Birds- Many Being Riverside

Book Review “Drawn to the Wild” by Nicolas Dillon. Published by Potton and Burton, price $59.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Whether one tramps, fishes or hunts, an intangible reward is observing nature and that often involves birds whether it be … Continue reading

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Should There be Concern About 1080 Affecting Trout?

Opinion by Ben Hope Does 1080 have any adverse impact on trout? To try to answer that, it’s necessary to look at 1080 and its properties.  Firstly 1080 was was originally patented in 1927 as an insecticide. Insects have a … Continue reading

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The failure of Police to follow the firearm licensing law, unjustly providing one to Australian terrorist Brenton Tarrant, means there are no reasons for changes to firearm laws says the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). COLFO Chairman Michael Dowling … Continue reading

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Ruined Rivers a National Disgrace

Opinion by Ken Sims, Life member NZ Federation Freshwater Anglers. The recently published article showing 65 percent of our rivers are “unswimmable” in a country of just 5 million people, should remind government that that the continuing state of New … Continue reading

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