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Insects Zapped by 1080 Blitz

By Ben Hope An unique New Zealand native butterfly, the forest ringlet or Dodonidia helmsi, is on the brink of extinction, according to experts back in 2016. Keen observers say a major cause could well be 1080 poison. Further explanation shows … Continue reading

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Ruahine Rat Explosion Caused by DoC

Department of Conservation reports of a rat explosion in the Northern Ruahine Ranges defy credibility and show the department was “out of its depth” in wilderness management according to a sporting hunters’ organisation. Laurie Collins spokesman for the Sporting Hunters … Continue reading

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Too Many Dead Fish With Fish Farms

Fish farming has its limitations for New Zealand and contradicts the country’s clean green branding image says an aquatic veterinarian and president of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers Dr Peter Trolove of Canterbury. Peter Trolove said a graphic … Continue reading

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Anglers Warn of Risk of 1080 Contaminated Trout

A trout and waterways advocacy organisation has warned trout fishermen to avoid eating trout from rivers which have had surrounding countryside dowsed with the highly hazardous 1080 poison.  President of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers and veterinarian Dr. Peter Trolove … Continue reading

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Total Ecosystem Vital with 1080 say Hunters

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The total ecosystem should be the top priority in assessing the damage by 1080 poison aerial drops says the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust. Laurie Collin, a spokesman was responding to news that the wild deer by-kill from a 2017 poison … Continue reading

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The Price of Apathy

by Ben Hope Apathy is commonplace. Just think back to general elections where usually about one million New Zealanders did not vote or were just so disinterested they didn’t register as voters. Recent Fish and Game elections showed a minority … Continue reading

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Anti-Wild Animal Phobia Creates Imaginary Pests

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by Ben Hope   In 1958, a Californian Professor of Zoology Dr William Graf, after studying New Zealand’s wild deer situation on behalf of the US state of Hawaii wrote that there existed “an anti-exotic wild animal phobia — not … Continue reading

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Marlborough Anglers Scold Fisheries Minister For Breaking Election Promise

Special Report A Marlborough region recreational sea fishing group has challenged the Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash over the Labour Party’s 2017 election promise to investigate the quota management system, often referred to as QMS. On February 5, the minister … Continue reading

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Old Whangamomona Road Under Threat

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Guest Post by Andi Cockroft It all started back in 2000 when Stratford District Council became so concerned with the state of a locally renowned bridge over the Arnold Stream. So much so that they attempted to block the bridge … Continue reading

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Scientists Criticise QMS Fisheries “Mismanagement”

A group of scientists have come out critical of the New Zealand fishery’s quota management system. Claims that New Zealand has a “world leading” system for sustainably managing sea fisheries are in error, says an international team of fisheries experts. … Continue reading

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Is The Environment in Chemical Cuckoo Land?

by Tony Orman The arrival of the migrant native bird the cuckoo used to be eagerly listened for around October 1. The bird is small and is more often heard than seen, identified by its distinctive whistling call repeated several … Continue reading

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