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Government Parties Sellout NZ to Foreigners

Opinion by Ben Hope The government’s three political parties with an election looming, are guilty of a 2017 election broken promise over foreigners buying rural land. Last year in October 2019 it was revealed despite Labour, the Greens and New … Continue reading

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Let’s Reverse Decline in Sporting Shooting

Opinion by Phil Cregeen, NZ Sporting Shooters Association Shooting and firearm ownership is in decline in New Zealand but we can turn that around, if we all play our part. As an example of what can be done, Sporting Shooters … Continue reading

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DOC’s National Park 1080 Drops are Irresponsible

A  recreational hunting forum has criticised the Department of Conservation’s aerial drops of 1080 poison  in the public’s national parks such as Fiordland and Nelson Lakes. Laurie Collins of Westport spokesman for the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust, described the drops … Continue reading

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Government Environment Destruction by 1080 Astounding

Opinion by Stewart Hydes Secretary Council of Outdoor Recreation Assns. The publicly funded Department of Conservation has embarked on a senseless, wasteful, destructive series of mega-1080 poison drop. Under attack are the ecosystems of places like North West Nelson, Nelson … Continue reading

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Top New Trout Fishing Book on “How to”

by Tony Orman Book Review. “Flyfishng in New Zealand – What you Need to Know”, by Derek Grzelewski. Published by Bsteman Books. price $39.99 Derek Grzelewsk is already an accomplished author of deservedly well acclaimed trout fishing books, his first … Continue reading

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The 2020 Election Turning Into Farce

The 2020 election is turning into a farce and is becoming totally undemocratic, according to Alan Simmons, co-leader of the NZ outdoors party.  “Every step of the electoral system, media coverage and fund allocation is designed to protect the status … Continue reading

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Don’t be Afraid of Politicians and Government

Opinion by Tony Orman The Prime Minister Jacinda Adern has announced the election this year will be held on September 19. I was talking to a friend, a keen trout fishing and hunting guy the other day and when I … Continue reading

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USA Passes “Great Outdoors” Act

Report from “MIDCURRENT Fly Fishing” website (USA) Yesterday, (July 23, 2020) the USA’s House approved the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) with a resounding vote of 310–107.  Its passage ensures full and permanent funding – $900 million annually – for the … Continue reading

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Government, Central and Local Fail on Rivers Rescue – Anglers

Central and local government had failed to come to the rescue of the public’s rivers, the recent annual general meeting of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers was told. In his annual report president Dr Peter Trolove said promises by … Continue reading

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The Farmers are Right

OPINION:- by Anne Salmond The farmers are right. As the price of carbon rises, the settings in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will make it more profitable to plant pine trees than to grow food (or native forests) in many … Continue reading

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Ted Trueblood’s Wise Advice

by Tony Orman Ted Trueblood was a marvellous writer in the USA’s “Field and Stream” magazines. As a teenager I read every article of his I came across. He made his living by doing three things:-hunting, fishing, and writing about … Continue reading

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Choose wisely: A cycle or a McDonalds?

Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Exim Banlc Ltd. got economists thinking when he said: “A cyclist is a disaster for a country’s economy. He does not buy a car and does not take a car loan. Does not buy car … Continue reading

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Tarakihi Overfishing To High Court

Fisheries NZ Minister Stuart Nash’s 2019 decision to allow East Coast tarakihi stocks to remain overfished for the next 25 years is not environmentally sustainable or legal, says Forest and Bird.  The matter is in the High Court. “The East … Continue reading

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Government’s “Crazy’ Tahr Plan an Election Issue

The Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust has hit out at the government’s tahr killing plan. In a letter to the “Farmers’ Weekly” Laurie Collins, Sporting Hunters Outdoors Trust spokesman said the issue had become election issue. Laurie Collins has had years of first-hand … Continue reading

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Good Riddance To NZ’s Biggest Corporate Bludger – CAFCA

Campaign Against Foreign Control (CAFCA) has welcomed the impending closure of the Bluff Smelter operated by trans-national corporate Rio Tinto says Murray Horton CAFCA Secretary/Organiser. “For as long as CAFCA has existed, i.e.over 45 years, CAFCA has called for the closure of … Continue reading

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Fundamental to Public Access – “The Section 23” Principle

Opinion by Tony Orman In the middle of the 19th century New Zealand was settled by Europeans, the second wave of migrants preceded by the first of Polynesian slanders about 1300 AD. The Europeans brought with them a vision to … Continue reading

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Police Raids on Firearm Owners Unlawful

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has released its decision on three firearm raids by Police, finding that the Police’s actions were unlawful.  Last year Nicole McKee of COLFO expressed concern about a series of Police raids of the homes of … Continue reading

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Stream-side Riparian Strips – No Solution

In 2017 Wairarapa conservationist and trout fisherman the late Bill Benfield wrote a book  titled “Water Quality and Ownership” in which he said the much vaunted riparian strips failed to deal with the big real problem.  “The fad of fencing … Continue reading

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On Apathy, Critics and and Vigilance

Opinion by Tony Orman Greek philosopher Plato once observed, “The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men.” Take “evil” in the broader sense. You might use “corrupt”, “arrogant” or some other adjective. You might even use the … Continue reading

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Watch Out For Tradable Water Rights

by Tony Orman   Late last year when visiting Tasmania I bought a newspaper “The Australian” and read an article about the impact of tradable water rights on Australian farmers. The headline was “Plea to Rein in Water Barons to … Continue reading

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