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An Outdoorsman Speaks On 1080 Poison

by Bill Johnson Editor’s note: Bill Johnson, a lifelong outdoorsman and opponent of 1080 penned a letter to the West Coast’s “Grey Star” in 2019. A reader has sent it to CORANZ asking for it to be published. I am … Continue reading

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Data undermining Firearm Registry was not Disclosed

COLFO Press Release Hugh Devereux-Mack -“They are guilty of deception” The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) has today called for the resignation of the Police Commissioner after evidence emerged that suggests data proving the impracticality of the Firearms Registry … Continue reading

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Hunters Lend Hand to Kaimanawa Conservation Projects

Press release from  Todd McClay, Minister Hunting and Fishing A hunter-led conservation project has removed hundreds of deer from a remote part of the Kaimanawa Forest Park, helping improve the forest’s health, Hunting and Fishing Minister Todd McClay says. “An innovative hunter-led … Continue reading

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Record low trust in Police explains small firearm registry turnout

COLFO’s latest Trust and Confidence Survey, conducted in 2023 after the introduction of the new firearm registry, shows rock bottom levels of confidence in Police and the new Firearms Safety Authority. The annual survey asked licensed firearm owners how confident … Continue reading

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Doug Graham Had It Wrong – Anyone Can Love a River or Mountains

Opinion by Tony Orman Former National government Treaty Minister in the 1990s Doug Graham once said that “Maori had spiritual feelings for lakes and mountains and rivers that Pakeha people neither shared nor understood.”  I would be surprised if Doug … Continue reading

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[articles] New Books Aims to get Kids Hooked on Nature

Book Review “The Observologist”, written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson. Published by Gecko Press, price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. The Observologist” is a highly illustrated, fun-filled guide for young budding naturalists and that  has to be great intention in … Continue reading

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New Books Aims to get Kids Hooked on Nature

Book Review “The Observologist”, written and illustrated by Giselle Clarkson. Published by Gecko Press, price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. The Observologist” is a highly illustrated, fun-filled guide for young budding naturalists and that  has to be great intention in … Continue reading

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Wonderful Book by Artist/Writer on Tongariro National Park

Book Review: “Tongariro National Park – An artist’s field guide” by Desmond Bovey, published by Potton and Burton, price $39.99 Reviewed by Tony Orman     Most people travelling the Desert Road from Waiouru to Turangi, intent on the journey and … Continue reading

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Pre-feeding Prelude to DOC 1080 drop Wakatipu areaon

by Peter Newport  (abridged) – Nov 08, 2023 published by CRUX, an issues and action focussed local news site for Queenstown, Wanaka and Central Otago. Crux has discovered the mission of multiple helicopters that flew over Queenstown early yesterday morning … Continue reading

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Mountaineering is not for the Faint Hearted!

Book Review: “Everest Mountain Guide” – The remarkable story of a Kiwi mountaineer” by Guy Cotter, published by Potton and Burton. Price $49.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman.   Guy Cotter grew up with mountaineering in his genes for his father … Continue reading

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Biography on Footrot Flats Creator

“Murray Ball – a Cartoonist’s Life” by Mason Ball, published by HarperCollins. Price $45. Reviewed by Tony Orman.   Every good keen man, particularly those of half a century for more vintage, will remember fondly Footrot Flats a highly popular … Continue reading

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A Wildlife Disaster Taking Place – Bird Expert

Blast From the Past Introduction In 2017 Tross Publishing published “The Quiet Forest – The Case Against Aerial 1080”, written by Fiona McQueen. Fiona McQueen (MbChB,MD,FRACP) graduated from the University of Otago in medicine in 1980 and worked as a … Continue reading

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A Good Way by Reading of Encouraging Kids Outdoor Awareness

Reviews by Tony Orman With urbanisation and a number of other influences such as sub-standard tv reality programmes etc., youngsters can grow up distracted and unappreciative , even insensitive and unaware, of the countryside, outdoors and the natural world. So … Continue reading

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California Bans Rat Poison, Harmful to Wildlie

BY Karen Garcia,  “LOS ANGELES TIMES” (Abridged) The body of B-372, an adult female bobcat, was found June 20, 2020, in Agoura Hills. Officials said she died from the effects of anticoagulant rat poisons. (National Park Service) Californian wildlife advocates are … Continue reading

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A Book about Good Old Kiwi Pubs

Iconic Kiwi Pubs – From Mangonui to Bluff, by George Lockyer, published by Bateman Books, Price $45.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Author George Lockyer is described on the dust jacket of the book as a “pub veteran.” He travelled the … Continue reading

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US “Water Warrior” Urges Speak Up on Water Crisis

by Ben Hope An American conservationist Erin Brokovich whose courage and victory over a corporate pollutant was made into a top Hollywood film has told a Water NZ industry conference that the water crisis its worsening.  She says people and … Continue reading

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Pipe Dream of Exterminating Predators Hits Trouble

New Zealand’s goal to become predator free by 2050 has been controversial. Now in the background, there are questions about its direction says an article in Stuff newspapers this morning, i.e. Monday 23 Oct. In the article, experienced journalist Eugene … Continue reading

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Cheap Attempt by Police to Bolster Pointless Firearm Registry – COLFO

Media have once again been led into incorrect reporting on the firearm registry, this time repeating claims that the new firearms registry enabled identification of a firearm on-seller, even though the data had been collected separately by Police since 2021. … Continue reading

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A Marine Ecologist’s Book on the Secret Lives of Fishes

Book Review “Fishes of Aotearoa” by Paul Caiger, published by Potton and Burton, Price $79.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Being insular in location, totally surrounded by sea, New Zealand with its minor islands has an aquatic ecology both in saltwater … Continue reading

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New Book on a True Deer Hunting Legend

“Finding Frank” by Louise Maich, published by Bateman Books, price $67.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman As a young deerstalker I remember the name Frank Erceg well. He was then a deer culler and a photo of him, rugged good looks … Continue reading

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