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Great Book About a Wilderness Education

Book Review. “The Boy From Gorge River” Subtitle “From New Zealand’s remotest family to the world beyond” by Chris Long. Published by HarperCollins NZ. Price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman The Long family of Gorge River, on the south Westland … Continue reading

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Often Mysterious Lives of Sea Birds Explained

Book Review: New Zealand Seabirds – A Natural History by Kerry-Jayne Wilson. Published by Potton and Burton. Price $49.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman New Zealand has an impressive number of sea birds around our coastline, reputedly having more in numbers than virtually anywhere else in the world. Ornithologist … Continue reading

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A Book to Read and Openly Consider

Book Review: “A Jab in the Dark” subtitled “Covid vaccines and the new Health Dictatorship” by Ron Asher. Published by Tross Publishing, Wellington. Reviewed by Francis Albert. Available from Paper Plus stores or direct from the publisher through the website … Continue reading

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Eroding the Rakaia River’s Lawful Protection Branded “Unacceptable”

Special Report The protection status by way of the long-standing Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Rakaia River is being eroded by efforts by Trustpower and Environment Canterbury says the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). Federation president Dr … Continue reading

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Withheld Firearm Data Shows Buyback Never Worked

Wednesday, 9 March 2022, 6:07 pm Press Release: COLFO The “GunSafe” firearm data withheld from the New Zealand Herald for two years proves that the firearm confiscation following the Christchurch terror attack did not work, and the Government was wrong to … Continue reading

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DoC and Kea: Is This the End?

Opinion by Dr Jo Pollard (BSc (Hons, PhD) Kea have been in the news again, with TV1 viewers one Wednesday night (9/2/22) treated to the story that tradespeople are sought to help in kea habitat, replacing lead in roofs. This … Continue reading

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Police Apology Over March 15 Terror Attack Remains Hollow 3 Years Later

Monday, 7 March 2022,  Press Release: Council of Licensed Firearm Owners The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) is calling for Police to make good on their three-year old apology for firearm licensing errors which contributed to the deaths of 51 … Continue reading

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DoC and Kea: is this the end?

Guest post by Dr Jo Pollard (BSc (Hons, PhD)) Kea have been in the news again, with TV1 viewers on Wednesday night (9/2/22) treated to the story that tradespeople are sought to help in kea habitat, replacing lead in rooves. … Continue reading

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What Happened to the Moa?

Book review: “What Happened to the Moa” written and illustrated by Ned Barraud. published by Potton and Burton. Price $29.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. The demise of the moa to extinction by the time the European settlers arrived in new … Continue reading

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Outdoor Groups Urge a “New Look’ for DoC

Special Report Some outdoor recreation-conservation groups are calling for a revision of the Department of Conservation priorities and targets following a recent National Radio interview with the department’s newly appointed director-general Penny Nelson. The new director general of DoC has … Continue reading

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Youngster Writes Great Nature Book for Other Kids

Book Review “Nature’s Wildlife Weapons” by James Ryan. Published by Bateman Books. Price $19.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Twelve year old James Ryan has long been fascinated by natural history from a very early age. Oh what a pity more … Continue reading

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Collaborative Deer Management Project for Fiordland

Media release regarding the latest Collaboration between the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation, Department Of Conservation, and the Game Animal Council. Media Statement  24 January 2022 A deer management project jointly developed by the Department of Conservation, Fiordland Wapiti Foundation (FWF) and … Continue reading

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Book on NZ Wilderness Wanders is Delightful

Book Review “Gone Bush” by Paul Kilgour, published by Harper Collins. Price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. English writer Tolkein of Lord of the Rings fame once said “Not all those who wander are lost.” “Gone Bush” author Paul Kilgour … Continue reading

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Targeting Licensed Firearms Owners Will Not Help Lower Crime Rates

Friday, 21 January 2022, 8:36 am Press Release: COLFO The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) says that punitive action from Police against legal firearms owners will not help reduce firearm thefts. Recently, Police Commissioner Andrew Coster indicated in the annual … Continue reading

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The Real Story Behind ‘firearms misinformation’

COLFO Press Release The public is in fear of firearm violence because of deliberate misinformation, but the real story is that the 2021 statistics on firearms violence are no different to the previous three years. President of the NZ Police … Continue reading

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Call to Stop East Coast Station Becoming Pine Monoculture

(Social Credit Party media release) from Chris Leitch, Leader Social Credit is calling on the government to step in and stop the sale of Huiarua Station on New Zealand’s East Coast. If the sale to foreign buyers gets overseas investment … Continue reading

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Haast Eagle and Moa

By John Gornall This Raptor was the top predator among New Zealand’s prehistoric fauna and the largest ever known anywhere in the world. It is the heaviest eagle species yet described. Skeletal remains indicate that it weighed up to 17.8 … Continue reading

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Forest and Bird “Off Beam” Blaming Wild Animals for Global Warming

A Forest and Bird claim that wild animals browsing foliage are hampering carbon sequestering has been strongly challenged by a recreational hunting advocacy. Laurie Collins, convenor of the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust (SHOT) and former Marlborough pest officer, says the … Continue reading

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2021 firearm statistics show NZ not safer – COLFO

Gun crime over 2021 was comparable to the previous two years, showing that the Government’s much vaunted $150 million dollar gun buyback in 2019 has not made New Zealand a safer place, says COLFO. Police firearm data shows that there … Continue reading

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Access- “Three Little Words” Languish Due to Inertia

by Tony Orman If you go trout fishing, a landowner is not permitted by law, to charge you a fee to go fishing.  It’s all to do with “The Section 23 principle,” as I term it. Section 23 is a … Continue reading

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