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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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TrustPower Corporate “Scandalous” Take of Rakaia River Water Questioned

Special Report TrustPower a NZX corporation, has allegedly been selling water to irrigators outside limits laid down by the 2013 amended Rakaia Water Conservation Order (WCO) says the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). “In addition evidence strongly points … Continue reading

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DOC Slowly Kills Black-backed Gulls in a Culling Exercise

special report The Department of Conservation is embarking on a cull of black-backed gulls on the Waitaki River bed using a method that causes a slow death by hypothermia. An advertisement says the exercise will take place in November using … Continue reading

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Marlborough’s Wairau River Threat Defeated

TrustPower’s recent decision to not renew its resource consent application for a hydro-electricity scheme for the Wairau River has been applauded by the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). NZFFA secretary David Haynes of Nelson said the “virtual victory” had … Continue reading

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Poison 1080 Being Dumped in Public’s Landfills

From “Rangitikei Watch” 1080 poison (Sodium Monofluoroacetate) is a hazardous chemical that is repeatedly dumped in New Zealand’s landfill sites (official and unofficial) without consideration for the potential harm writes Pam Vernon.  Contrary to some claims, 1080 does not easily … Continue reading

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Hunters help Hungry in Nelson Initiative

A donation of venison by the Nelson NZ Deerstalkers Association’s branch will help feed needy people says a report on Radio NZ. The Nelson branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association has given “Kai Rescue” more than 30kg of venison … Continue reading

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