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A Trio of Exceptional Wildlife Books for Youngsters

“Inside New Zealand’s Wildlife”, “Which/ What? Why?”  (subtitled NZ Country Life) and “Which? What? Why?” (subtitled NZ Forest Wildlife”) by Dave Gunson, published by Bateman Books. Price (each) $19.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman. People are becoming increasingly detached from the … Continue reading

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Book on the Delights of Dark, i.e. Nights

Book Review After Dark subtitled “Walking into the Nights of Aotearoa” by Annette Lees. Published by Potton and Burton. Price $39.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman Night is as certain as day and it occupies half our lives. Many people don’t … Continue reading

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Book on Mountain Huts is Impressive

Book Review “Bunk for the Night” subtitled “A Guide To New Zealand’s Best Backcountry Huts” by Shaun Barnett, Rob Brown and Geoff Spearpoint, published by Potton and Burton, price $49.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman New Zealand has a great range … Continue reading

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NZ Governments’ Stupidity Neglects Environmental Crisis

Opinion by Stewart Hydes   Humanity’s impact on climate change .. the degree to which we may or may not be accelerating it — is almost irrelevant — against our impact on our planet, which is undeniable. We are beyond … Continue reading

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Eyes Opened About Propaganda and Spin

Book Review “The Predatory Delay Diaries” by Terrence Loomis, published by Prismaprint, Blenheim. Price $25 plus postage. Available from http://www.terrenceloomis.ac.nz/latest-publication.html or by e mail to <loomistm@yahoo.com> I’m not a climate change proponent or a denier for the simple reason as seems to me, … Continue reading

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Some Wildlife Photography Thoughts

by Tony Orman There’s some basic rules to going hunting with your camera. Know your quarry There is only one way to get to know wildlife: – spend time watching. Sit and observe wildlife. Watch wildlife.  Observe habits. Wait – … Continue reading

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UN Declares Access to a Clean Environment a Human Right

From Geneva, Switzerland, Reuters reports that the U.N. Human Rights Council has recognised access to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental right, formally adding its weight to the global fight against climate change and its devastating consequences. The … Continue reading

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Book by “Pest’ Eradication a Good Read

Book review:- “Southern Wanderer – A Habitat Restoration Pilot’s Life” by Peter Garden published by Life Stories Publishing. Price $60. Price $60.00 Reviewed by Tony Orman Peter Gardner grew up in rural Southland and became a world renowned helicopter pilot … Continue reading

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Police “Distort Truth” Over Gang’ Firearms Accumulation

by Phil Cregeen Secretary, Sporting Shooters Assn of NZ Recent statements attributed to the Commissioner of Police, Andrew Coster, have repeated previous allegations from police that gangs acquire their firearms from licensed firearms owners. That is a significant distortion of … Continue reading

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Politicians Conveniently Ignore Last Sunday’s World Rivers Day

Press Release The New Zealand government and political parties have been taken to task by a New Zealand outdoor recreation advocacy for seemingly ignoring the significance of Sunday (26 September) as World Rivers Day. The Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s World Rivers’ Day is NZ’s Rivers Shame Day.

Press release September 27, 2021 World Rivers Day designated for Sunday 26 September, should be renamed ‘Rivers’ Shame Day’  according to the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers. Federation secretary David Haynes of Nelson, said in New Zealand, politicians, regional councils, so-called expert witnesses, independent hearing … Continue reading

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Book of a Fiordland Trek – a Great Read!

Book Review. “Transit of Fiordland” by Frank Yardley, published by Austin Macauley Publisher (London) Available in NZ  from online sources such as Booktopia, Papers Plus etc., Price Approx; $43 In 1973 New Zealander Frank Yardley and friend and mentor “Shorty’ … Continue reading

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Government Fails to See the Wood on Terrorist Acts

Opinion by Rupert Pye It was sort of deja vu – a feeling of familiarity – when Prime Minister Ardern told New Zealanders that the government did everything they could to prevent the New Lynn Countdown stabbings by an Isis … Continue reading

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Superb Book on Growing your Own Vegetables

Book Review. “The Edible Backyard” by Kath Irvine. Published by Godwit (soft cover) Price $50. Reviewed by Tony Orman I’ve never quite worked out why more outdoor chaps don’t get into vegetable gardening at home. It’s sort of back to nature, it’s organic-free like the game or fish you bring … Continue reading

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Time to measure Nation’s Well-being on Quality of Life

Opinion by Andi Cockroft, chairman CORANZ It’s well past time when New Zealand’s economic policy was examined and any shortcomings jettisoned. For example, New Zealand could well consider ditching  Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a measurement of New Zealand’s progress … Continue reading

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My Deer Woods and Trout Streams Are Getting Crowded

Opinion by Tony Orman All anglers who fish the Clinton and Worsley rivers must obtain a backcountry endorsement. Only Adult Whole Season, Family, Loyal Senior, Non-resident Whole Season and Local Area licence holders are eligible for a Backcountry endorsement. The concept is … Continue reading

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Trout and Rivers Advocacy Urges Rural NZ to Test Water Supplies

All rural households that rely on their own water supplies should get them tested for nitrate levels if that water flows through agricultural land says NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) spokesman Steve Gerard of Rakaia Gorge. His call came following nitrate … Continue reading

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A Terrific Book on Nepal’s Khumbu Region – Gateway to Mt Everest

“Khumbu: Gateway to Mount Everest” by Peter Lawrenson, published by Bateman Books, Price $69.99 Reviewed by Tony Orman Ever since Edmund Hillary’s historic ascent of Mt Everest and his subsequent humanitarian work in the Himalayan foothills, New Zealanders have had an enduring empathy and … Continue reading

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A “Must” Book to Read – if You Care About the Future

Book Review; He Puapua by John Robinson, published by Tross Publishing, Wellington. Available at good bookshops or ordered directly from Tross Publishing – https://trosspublishing.co.nz/ for $35. Reviewed by Tony Orman John Robinson is one of the country’s top historians a former university lecturer, and research scientist … Continue reading

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Draconian Fish and Game Restructure Proposals Shelved

(special report) Proposals to radically restructure Fish and Game, that administer and manage trout and salmon fishing and duck and game bird shooting, have been shelved according to a letter from Conservation Minister Kiri Allan sent to the New Zealand … Continue reading

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