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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.

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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Wasteful Spending on an Imaginary Pest

In 2016  the late Bill Benfield, co-chairman of CORANZ wrote two excellent books “At War with Nature” and “The Third Wave” both published by Wellington publisher Tross Publishing. Also back in 2016 Bill Benfield challenged an advertisement by OSPRI, the agency … Continue reading

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The Possum – a Forest Pest?

by John McNab   “We shall be doing a great service to the country in stocking these large areas with this valuable and harmless animal.”  So said the Auckland Acclimatisation Society’s Annual Report 1917, about possums. But possums have become … Continue reading

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High Court Decision Embarrasses Government

A High Court decision today on a case taken by the Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO) is an “intensely awkward and embarrassing moment for the Government”. The Court found that the Minister of Police had acted against property rights … Continue reading

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Kea, Dolphins and Other Wildlife Likely Casualties in Fiordland 1080 Drop

by Ben Hope A host of Fiordland wildlife, ranging from favourites like kea and dolphins to seals, fish and birds are almost certain to be exposed to 1080 poison says an Otago scientist Dr Jo Pollard, a specialist in ecology … Continue reading

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Forest Poisoning Threatens Fiordland World Wilderness Status

Special Report) With the imminent aerial poisoning of the Wet Jacket area in Fiordland, Dr Jo Pollard has written to Peter Shadie, Director, IUCN World Heritage Programme. Dr Pollard argues that the poisoning is not justified, and is inappropriate for … Continue reading

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Vote I Must – but Who For?

Opinion by Tony Orman   There’s an election coming later this year and in today’s increasingly bizarre world, I am in a real quandary who to vote for. I must vote.  I have a duty and responsibility to do so.  I’m … Continue reading

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Who Issued the Mosque Terrorist With a Firearm Licence?

An Opinion by Rob McMillan There needs to be accountability around how police issued a firearms licence to Brenton Tarrant – the Australian who is charged with, on March 15, 2019, the murder of 51 people, 40 counts of attempted … Continue reading

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Government-backed “Hunting” Ad Gets Bad Rap

A Government-sponsored advertisement depicting rabbits and shooting screening on National TV has provoked a flood of criticism on facebook. Some of the comments were as follows:- “More left wing tree hugging crap, trying to demonise hunting and shooting, they are … Continue reading

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Terrible Injustice With Firearm Law Passed

The passage through Parliament of the Arms Legislation Bill yesterday is a ‘terrible injustice’ imposed upon the licenced firearm owning community to cover Police mistakes says Michael Dowling Chairman, Council of Licenced Firearms Owners (COLFO). “Despite the evidence, despite the … Continue reading

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