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Opinions expressed are not necessarily the views of CORANZ. But in the interests of open and fair debate, CORANZ prints opinion pieces.

Police Raids on Firearm Owners Unlawful

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has released its decision on three firearm raids by Police, finding that the Police’s actions were unlawful.  Last year Nicole McKee of COLFO expressed concern about a series of Police raids of the homes of … Continue reading

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Stream-side Riparian Strips – No Solution

In 2017 Wairarapa conservationist and trout fisherman the late Bill Benfield wrote a book  titled “Water Quality and Ownership” in which he said the much vaunted riparian strips failed to deal with the big real problem.  “The fad of fencing … Continue reading

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On Apathy, Critics and and Vigilance

Opinion by Tony Orman Greek philosopher Plato once observed, “The price of apathy is to be ruled by evil men.” Take “evil” in the broader sense. You might use “corrupt”, “arrogant” or some other adjective. You might even use the … Continue reading

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Watch Out For Tradable Water Rights

by Tony Orman   Late last year when visiting Tasmania I bought a newspaper “The Australian” and read an article about the impact of tradable water rights on Australian farmers. The headline was “Plea to Rein in Water Barons to … Continue reading

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The Madness of Governments

Opinion by Ken Sims I swear to God, the longer I observe politics in this country, the less I understand it.  There is something about politics that can make an apparently sane, cognizant, rational human being behave totally irrationally, and … Continue reading

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Democracy Becoming a Wide-Ranging Major Election Issue

The New Zealand Outdoors Party believes fundamental democracy is a rising election issue that should be at the forefront of major issues come the September election, says the party’s co-leader and lawyer Sue Grey. “We have taken for granted that … Continue reading

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Time to Stand Up!

Opinion by Angus McIntyre Originally on Facebook This is a pretty standard photo (below) of myself, on a hill, in the middle of nowhere, with an animal harvested to fill my freezer. This photo is who I am, I am … Continue reading

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New Conservative Party Slams Government Tahr Plan

New Conservative candidate Caleb Honiss, Banks Peninsula Candidate has fired a broadside at the government’s tahr plan saying government had failed to consult the hunting public.. “New Conservative is appalled by the lack of consultation provided by DOC to stakeholders in the management of … Continue reading

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NZ First calls For Halt to Sage’s Kill

New Zealand First is supporting calls by hunters and the New Zealand Tahr Foundation to halt a large scale cull of Himalayan Tahr by the Department of Conservation in National Parks. The calls are supported by a 40,000 strong petition … Continue reading

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Society Benefits From Going Outdoors

Opinion by Tony Orman Over recent years the word  “eco-therapy” has been coined aand increasingly used. In essence it means deliberately seeking a close association with nature. Avenues can be several such as by walking, cycling, fishing, hunting, canoeing, four wheel … Continue reading

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Cameras on Fishing Boats Stymied by NZ First

Public concern is growing after revelations about New Zealand First’s role in delaying the installation of cameras on all commercial fishing boats. LegaSea said that six years after the Government first promised cameras onboard commercial fishing boats to prevent dumping … Continue reading

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Police Must Come Clean on Gang Access to Frearms

The Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) says Police are not giving the whole story behind their claims that licenced firearms owners are the source of firearms for violent criminal gangs. The claim was made on 1 July  by Detective Superintendent Greg Williams … Continue reading

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Corporates Fouling USA Waterways

by John McNab “Corporate Agribusiness and the Fouling of America’s Waterways “ by Environment America in 2016 has revealed pollution from agri-business is responsible for many of the most serious water problems. The report says according to the U.S. Environmental … Continue reading

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NZ Outdoors Party Horrified at Government Tahr Eradication Plan

The New Zealand Outdoors Party has called the government’s plan to extensively cull tahr as tantamount to an eradication campaign. NZ Outdoors Party co-leader Alan Simmons of Turangi said he was horrified by the audacity of Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage … Continue reading

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DOC’s Tahr Plan Threatens a Great Big Game Herd

The New Zealand Deerstalkers Association has rejected the Department of Conservation’s plan to extensively cull tahr. “The draft plan is a slap in the face for hunters and threatens the future of tahr.” said NZDA chief executive officer Gwyn Thurlow. Consequently the … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry About Pathetic Critics

by Ben Hope Theodore Roosevelt was one the USA’s greatest presidents. He was principled and had firm views. He was an ardent conservationist, a successful enthusiastic bg game hunter, an outdoorsman to the core and an environmentalist as shown by the following quote. “There is a … Continue reading

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A 1080 Drop stopped – Mt Roy, Wanaka

by Carol Sawyer In these sad times of senseless mega-drops of 1080, it is perhaps worth remembering that there was an aerial 1080 poison drop that we did stop, five years ago – Mt. Roy in Wanaka. That was a … Continue reading

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Fisheries Quota System a Failure

by Fred Hemi  The Quota Management System (QMS) for sea fisheries management is a failure and needs dumping says national advocate Legasea. In 1986 the Government introduced the QMS as a way to halt the dangerous depletion of fish stocks. Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Weep For Wet Jacket’s Kea

An Opinion by Carol Sawyer of WanakaDo you know what happens to 1080-poisoned Kea? They stagger around taking hours and hours to die. They bury their heads in the snow to try and get relief from the pain. Dr.Jo Pollard … Continue reading

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Spinning, Self-serving Bureaucrats

Opinion by Tony Orman in which he recalls the 2007 ERMA review into 1080 poison and the nature of bureaucrats In 2007 along with a number of people –  scientists, conservationists, deerstalkers and others –  I made submissions to a government appointed panel … Continue reading

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