Predators Are Not Evil But are Mostly Part of Healthy Ecosystems

Opinion by Tony Orman New Zealand has for many decades waged a war against predators. Currently there are a number of anti-predator campaigns, often using public money in big spend-ups on futile aerial poisoning exercises. In addition, in the end, … Continue reading

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A Look at New Zealand’s Conservation Science

 by Dr Jo Pollard (BSc (Hons), PhD) Supporters of NZ’s conservation by aerial poisoning have commonly defended their position with the statement “Look at the science.” Most of the published science on conservation in NZ is accessed readily, appearing in … Continue reading

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$208 Million to Satisfy Government Firearm Curiosity Doomed

A recent government announcement that it will spend an extra $ 562 Million on the police with $208 million allocated to setting up a new register of firearms is doomed to failure says the Sporting Shooters’ Association of  NZ (SSANZ). … Continue reading

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Mosque Tragedy Rushed Firearm Law Could be Reversed

The coronial inquiry into the March 15 terror attack is now likely to highlight the inadequacy of the firearms legislation that was rushed through by Government afterwards, says the Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO). The coronial inquiry into the … Continue reading

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Nicole McKee: Correction from Police Minister “Not Nearly Enough!”

“ACT  welcomes a correction of the record in Parliament from Poto Williams after she repeatedly used incorrect figures,” says ACT Firearms Law Reform spokesperson Nicole McKee. Poto Williams, Stuart Nash and other Government Ministers have repeatedly said that 60,000 Military … Continue reading

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Police Determined to Make Kiwis Less Safe

SSANZ press release New Zealand Police claim they wish to make New Zealand the safest country in the world, yet in their 62 page discussion document proposing regulations to govern shooting clubs and ranges they are doing the exact opposite, … Continue reading

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‘Dangerous’ Rules for Firearms Ranges Revealed

Press release The Council of Licensed Firearms Owners (COLFO) says members making submissions on proposed regulations for firearm clubs and ranges are finding worrying new rules that will diminish public safety rather than improve it. COLFO spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack says; … Continue reading

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Exotic Forestry – a Monolithic Monoculture of Environmental Degradation

by Ben Hope The Marlborough Sounds is facing a crisis due to accelerated runoff and deposition of silt into its bays. The environmental degradation and smothering of the inner marine ecosystems of the Sounds has occurred because of extensive planting … Continue reading

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Carbon Farming with Pines Bad for Environment

The following press release of the Environmental Defence Society was made in February last year when the “price of carbon had soared to over $60 per tonne.”. The price of carbon is currently at $76 per tonne. The Environmental Defence … Continue reading

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Influencing Crucial Decision Making

Subtitle:-Influencing Policy/Proposals at Conception by Infiltration An opinion by Tony Orman – intended to promote discussion and political action April, 2022 Most advocacies and lobby groups seem to ignore getting involved around the table where policies are formulated. Policies are … Continue reading

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New Firearm Range and Club Rules “Excessive Beyond Stupid”

Special report The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) has slammed a newly released 50-page set of rules for ranges and firearm clubs which its members say is illegitimate, unnecessary, and error-ridden. COLFO spokesperson Hugh Devereux-Mack says that the planned … Continue reading

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Public Access to Conservation Lands Under Threat?

by John Porter This is an abridged version from Waikanae Watch site The public’s conservation estate is being readied for control by Maori radicals says John Porter writing for Waikanae Watch.  “The indicators are there for all to see,” he … Continue reading

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Wider Benefits To Youth of Going Outdoors

Opinion by Tony Orman Outdoor sports have modified with modern pursuits of frenetic activity like mountain marathons, mountain bikes and bush runs and others and a strong sense of competitiveness. It doesn’t need to be competitive, in fact passive recreation like fishing, … Continue reading

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Politics and the Environment – Cause and Effect

Opinion by John B Henderson  The late John B Henderson was national president of the NZ Deerstalkers Association. He wrote many editorials in NZDA’s magazine “NZ Wildlife”. In this editorial of Autumn 1973, he wrote of the relationship between politics … Continue reading

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NZ Gripped by Illogical Pest Phobia

Opinion by Tony Orman In 1958 an American professor of zoology visited New Zealand. Dr William Graf from San Jose university in California came to study the wild deer situation on behalf of Hawaiian Board of Agriculture which was considering introducing … Continue reading

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“Pointless” Firearm Registration Proposal Doomed to Failure

Opinion by David Mack I spent an hour or so ploughing through the appalling “consultation document” last night. It fills me with dismay. Endless pages of garbage that will have absolutely no effect on the illegal use of guns by … Continue reading

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Stupidity of Governments Causes Neglect of 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.  But Humanity’s impact on our planet is undeniable.We are beyond crisis point.  There’s been … Continue reading

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Firearm Law Changes Miss Target

Opinion by Stewart Hydes Past and on-going changes to firearms laws and regulations badly miss the target resulting in largely only impacting on the law-abiding firearm owner. Like all things within our society, the possession and ownership of firearms in New Zealand … Continue reading

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Two Wildlife Books To Delight and Educate Kids

Nature’s Alphabet – A New Zealand Nature Trail by Andrew Crowe, illustrated by Dave Gunson. Published by Bateman Books. Price $21.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman.   It’s more important than ever, in the continuing urbanisation of New Zealanders, to ensure … Continue reading

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Licensed firearms owners to Police: “It’s not personal.”

The Council of Licensed Firearm Owners (COLFO) annual survey of members for 2021 shows that while confidence in Police ability to administer firearms laws is low, the unhappiness is with the system, not individual officer’s general conduct. COLFO spokesperson Hugh … Continue reading

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