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MP Duncan Webb Has it Wrong on Firearms

Opinion by David Mack Introduction: Lawyer and currently Labour MP for Christchurch Central Duncan Webb in his latest newsletter said this on the coalition government’s moves re firearm ownership. Under a heading Backtrack on Gun Safety, Duncan Webb wrote:- The … Continue reading

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Does New Zealand Need a Constitution.

Opinion by Andi Cockroft, Chairman CORANZ Inheriting the British governmental style, GodZone relies on “Common Law” as a backstop to judicial thinking. Common Law acts as a precedent-setting set of decisions that are passed down over the years. We still … Continue reading

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School Possum Hunts have Negative Consequences for the Healthy Development of Empathy In Children

Opinion:- Lynley Tulloch  University Lecturer, Early Childhood Education School possum hunts in Aotearoa New Zealand tend to be polarising.  On the one hand is the school’s touted mission of environmental conservation couched in community values and identity. On the other … Continue reading

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What are Effects of Fluoride in Rotorua’s Town Water Supply?

By Alan Simmons      The Rotorua Council is considering a directive from the Health Department to add fluoride to Rotorua’s water supply.  Some Councillors and many of the public are opposing this.  As councils countrywide ramp up the addition … Continue reading

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Fast Track Bill Threatens Democracy and Environment Says NZFFA

Special Report A nationwide sports fishing and environmental advocacy, the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers has told a parliamentary select committee that the Fast Track Approvals Bill threatens both New Zealand’s  environment and democracy. “ We strongly oppose the … Continue reading

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“Pest Problem Pretty Scary” says DoC

Speaking at the Environmental Defence Society conference in Ōtautahi/Christchurch on 11 June, Minister of Conservation Tama Potaka told of a dismal outlook for a stressed Department of Conservation due to cyclonic storms, e.g. Gabrielle  the challenge of combatting “invasive species” … Continue reading

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Impulsive, Injudicious Cat Eradication Attempts “Fraught With Danger”

by Laurie Collins Editor’s note: Laurie Collins is now retired but still active recreationally in the “bush” particularly in the West Coast and Lewis Pass areas. His working career dealing with wildlife embraced early trials of 1080 poison, field work … Continue reading

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Police Not Fit and Proper to Run Firearm Ownership System

Press release Through an Official Information Act request, the Sporting Shooters Association of New Zealand says it has uncovered that the police have been “quietly engaged” in a multi-year harassment campaign targeting legal firearm owners following the March 2019 shooting … Continue reading

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Horizon Poll Shows National Voters Worry About Fast Track Bill

There is widespread public concern about the Fast Track Approvals Bill being pushed by the coalition government’s two cabinet ministers Shane Jones and Chris Bishop. According to an article by Greenpeace, that concern has spread to many who voted National … Continue reading

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Inspiration Book on Fighting for the Environment

Book Review “Environmental Defenders – Fighting for our Natural World” by Raewyn Peart Price $79.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman The Environmental Defence Society often referred to as EDS, was established over 50 years ago in April 1971. It went into … Continue reading

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Minister Promises Improved Regulatory Approach for Clubs and Ranges

Special report Minister Nicole Mckee ACT spokesman for Firearms and Minister for Courts and the Associate Minister of Justice (Firearms) says the coalition government is positively working towards easing the regulatory burden imposed on shooting clubs and ranges by the … Continue reading

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New Book on Hunting Both Underwater and on Land

Book Review “Further Off the Beaten Track”, subtitle “Epic Hunting Adventures on Land and Sea” by Dave Shaw. Published by Bateman Books. Price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Available August If there’s one fishing or hunting programme I especially like … Continue reading

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Pause in Wapiti Legal Action a Win for Fiordland

Special report The Game Animal Council has welcomed an agreement between Forest and Bird and the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation to pause legal proceedings over the management of wapiti deer in Fiordland National Park.   “Notification that the parties have asked … Continue reading

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Meddling With Nature Can Create Ecological Disasters

by Tony Orman Macquarie Island  halfway between Australia and Antarctica is a prime example of Man meddling with Nature and causing ecological disasters.  In 1985, Australian scientists set about a plan to eradicate wild cats that had been introduced in … Continue reading

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A Religious fervour – Hatred Amounting to “Anti-introduced Wild Animal Phobia”

Opinion by Tony Orman On April 22, Stuff newspapers ran an opinion column by Andrew Shepherd, a senior lecturer in theology and public issues at the University of Otago. In the article Andrew Shepherd told of a tramping trip to … Continue reading

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Angling-Conservation Group Sees Fast Track Bill as Undemocratic

Special Report A national angling conservation group opposes the government’s proposed legislation for fast track approvals for development projects. Principal reasons for the opposition is the loss of the public’s democratic right to have “a fair say” and the vital … Continue reading

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Fishing Industry Under-reporting Dolphin Deaths

Opinion by Rebekah White, “The Weekender” Turns out that we’ve been making decisions based on bad data: the fishing industry has been underreporting deaths of ocean wildlife, and the numbers of dolphins and birds being killed are drastically higher than … Continue reading

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Last Chance

Today is your last opportunity to make a submission on the proposed Fast-Track Approvals Bill. It doesn’t matter what your views are, just make your submission and make your feelings known. You have until midnight 19th April to make a … Continue reading

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Forest and Bird Wants Fiordland’s Wapiti Herd Gone

Opinion by Tony Orman   Forest and Bird according to a recent article in the ”Southland Times” has applied for a judicial review of whether wapiti should be allowed in the Fiordland National Park. The Fiordland National Park has an … Continue reading

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Government’s Fast Track Bill Ignores Democracy Obligations

Special report A government proposal to fast track development projects would further hasten the erosion of democracy and leave public lands wide open for commercial exploitation  according to the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ (CORANZ).  In a written … Continue reading

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