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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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Oh No, Not Another Conspiracy Theory!

An Opinion by Benjamin Hope Recently I was talking to a trout fishing friend we’ll call Bob and in his study over a cup of tea, we were discussing the current somewhat volatile political scene and the increasing draconian moves … Continue reading

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There And Back Again – a Turtle of a Trip

by  Louis Houlbrooke (Taxpayers’ Union) Taxpayers shelled out thousands of dollars transporting a dead turtle from Banks Peninsula to Wellington, storing it in a freezer for 21 months, then sending it back down to where it washed up for a … Continue reading

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Amazing Book on 25 Year Wilderness Sculpture Project

Fine Line – subtitled Twelve Environmental Sculptures Encircle the Earth by Martin Hill and Philippa Jones, published by Bateman Books, price $69.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. This is a most unusual book as it’s about a series of 12 ephermeral … Continue reading

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‘Negligent’ DoC Lets Cattle in National Park

Taxpayers spend $362,000 on a kilometres-long fence to keep a farmer’s cattle from a national park. David Williams of Newsroom reports It’s a proud and straight-forward statement. “There is no stock grazing within Fiordland National Park,” the park’s 2007 management … Continue reading

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NZ No Safer Following Anti-firearm Laws

Continuing firearm violence means New Zealanders are no safer despite the promises made of legislation passed against licensed firearm owners, according to COLFO. COLFO spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack says the recent gun violence is undeniable evidence that New Zealanders have not … Continue reading

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Welcome Reprint of a Great Book on Moa

by Tony Orman Quinn Berentson’s book “Moa – The Life and Death of New Zealand’s Legendary Bird” published in 2012 has been reprinted. It is a very welcome reprint for the story of the moa is a fascinating one that … Continue reading

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“Wacky” Forest and Bird Blames Wild Animals For Global Warming

Press Release Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust A call by Forest and Bird to eradicate wild animals such as deer and chamois to combat global warming is out of touch with reality says a recreational hunting advocacy. Laurie Collins, convenor of the … Continue reading

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The Suffocating of the Marlborough Sounds by Sediment

Opinion by Pete Watson of Marlborough The Marlborough Sounds has been suffocated by silt. There is no denying this fact. It has been going on for over 40 years. Therefore it was startling to recently read that Marlborough mayor John … Continue reading

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An Engaging Book About a Great Polar Explorer

Book Review “Shackleton” by Ranulph Fiennes, published by Michael Joseph (Penguin, Random House NZ) Price $38. Reviewed by Tony Orman Let me say at the outset, “Shackleton”- a biography on the great polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton – should appeal to … Continue reading

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