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Choose wisely: A cycle or a McDonalds?

Sanjay Thakrar, CEO at Euro Exim Banlc Ltd. got economists thinking when he said: “A cyclist is a disaster for a country’s economy. He does not buy a car and does not take a car loan. Does not buy car … Continue reading

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Our little piece of paradise was ruined forever

AN OPEN LETTER TO AMANDA GILLIES by Jeff Patchett Introduction: On yesterday’s ‘AM Show’, the usual garbage about people opposed to 1080 was spouted by Duncan Garner and Mark Richardson. (Go to ‘The AM Show Catch-Up’, 9 March 2020 – … Continue reading

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Mother Nature and Bush Justice in Action Perhaps

Or beware your hatred of possum …..or Karma can be very quick. Guest Post by Andi Cockroft Every now and again, events conspire to create lasting memories – this one stands out in my mind as particularly black humour and … Continue reading

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Possums are Not Predators of Birds

by Andi Cockroft, CORANZ chairman Relative to the Sporting Hunters Outdoor Trust’s contention that possums are not predators of birds, it’s worth noting the research which the trust’s spokesman Laurie Collins quoted. Earlier this year I conducted a series of … Continue reading

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Who Wants Ten Million People in NZ?

by Andi Cockroft, Chairman Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of NZ Recently a Fairfax columnist Lana Hart advocated New Zealand could embrace a population of 10 million. This archaic thinking is still upheld by a few people and politicians. Even … Continue reading

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The Covid19 Conundrum and Destructive Poison Link

Opinion by Andi Cockroft Watching our Prime Minister at her regular Covid-19 press conferences, it was intriguing to see her draw a distinction between “elimination” and “eradication”.  Puzzled – because to me they have the same meaning – I went … Continue reading

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Who Cares if Government Amends RMA to Exclude Consultation?

A very personal opinion by Andi Cockroft Environment Minister David Parker wants to fast track important project consents by excluding public input. If the Government goes ahead with this threat to remove public consultation from the RMA process surrounding major … Continue reading

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On the Demise of Experts and Truth

An Opinion by Andi Cockroft We cannot say we were never warned. It is now at the stage where the very mention of the term “Expert” immediately raises mistrust in my mind’s eye. And seeing so many (especially the young) … Continue reading

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Anglers to Challenge Commercial River Rafting on Southern Rivers

Dated: 24 March 2020 This is NZ Southern Rivers continued request for funding through the Give a Little Platform to take to Judicial Review the Gore District Council’s(GDC) decision to grant a resource consent in November 2019 for a commercial … Continue reading

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NZ Outdoors Party

CORANZ is firmly apolitical in its dealings with the various parties. We do monitor their press releases however, and one in particular from the Outdoors Party caught our attention. We pass no comment on this, but reflect in precis form … Continue reading

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Get Off the Grass!

Opinion:- We take it for granted, for it is all around us. Whether it be parkland, football field, reserve or more likely pasture, grass is simply everywhere in our urban or in proximity to town landscapes. Yet other than a … Continue reading

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NZ’s Inhumane 1080 Use Slammed Overseas

New Zealand’s use of 1080 was been criticised internationally as word of the poison and its cruelty leaked out. Marc Bekoff, professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, US, said 1080 was an extremely … Continue reading

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INTERNATIONAL 1080 EXPOSURE BITTERSWEET

Those who oppose Aerial 1080 believe it is just plain wrong – on so many levels. Efforts to get it stopped are frustrating.  Growing international exposure may be the best tool in the toolbox – yet it’s bittersweet. So-called Anti-1080 … Continue reading

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My House Was Raided Over A .22LR Lever Action Rifle

Guest opinion by Dieuwe de Boer – 10 January 2020 On Thursday evening, I was just finishing up dinner with my two oldest kids. My wife was feeling unwell and feeding our four-week old baby in bed. I had just … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs – la Fin.

This is the fourth and final in a series observing behaviour of the Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus Vulpecula) when exposed to hen’s eggs. As previously stated, this is a series of simple high-school type experiments conducted to determine if the … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs – Part Trois

This is the third in a series observing behaviour of the Australian Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus Vulpecula) when exposed to hens’ eggs. A simple high-school type experiment is conducted to determine if the possum naturally consumes eggs. Although a hens egg … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs – Part Deux

Following on from my previous post https://coranz.org.nz/do-possums-like-eggs/, where I detail my first attempt at observing possums and their affinity or not to taking eggs. In part one, although food offerings were gratefully accepted, the hens egg I left for their … Continue reading

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Do Possums Like Eggs?

Doesn’t look like it – at least not at first sight. Out of idle curiosity, I did an experiment in my back yard where possums are frequent if slightly unwelcome visitors. Always getting into mischief by tearing into rubbish bags … Continue reading

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A Salmon Angler’s Lament

Guest Post by Rex N. Gibson We have heard a lot of our river’s plight, Of belligerent anglers demanding their rights, But this is an issue that hasn’t happened before Now the anglers are livid, they can’t catch fish any … Continue reading

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Why The Gun Is Civilization

Reproduced without comment Original from MARCH 23, 2007 by Marko Kloo Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either … Continue reading

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