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Why are we subsidising harm?

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Guest opinion by Dr Mike Joy  The school strikes for the climate are not a fad and they’re not going away. They should be a wake-up. The kids are telling us they have had enough, that we “grown-ups” aren’t grown-up … Continue reading

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Reprinted From 20 Years Ago – 2001

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The more things change, the more they stay the same New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers, (Inc.) February 2001 The Case Against the Importation of Trout Flesh into New Zealand Index: Introduction Issues of Sovereignty Issues of Biosecurity Issues of … Continue reading

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It’s sold as ‘100% pure’. But behind New Zealand’s clean, green image lies a dirty truth

From https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-03-16/new-zealand-rivers-pollution-100-per-cent-pure/13236174 New Zealand’s waterways are some of the most degraded in the developed world. Will the Ardern government clean it up or will the Maori take control? In New Zealand’s Southern Alps, braided rivers radiate turquoise from the glacial … Continue reading

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NZFFA Selwyn Water Zone Nitrate Results 9th March 2021

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Coe’s Ford NZFFA water testing NO3-N mg/L Year Two 2020/21 Location Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Jollies Brook 0.77 0.74 0.71 0.76 0.81 0.57 0.45 0.46 Cooper’s Lagoon 1.68 1.62 1.62 1.60 1.61 … Continue reading

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Dig that Cicada Rhythm n Blues

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It’s that time of year when the Cicada makes their circadian debut (yep pun intended) following a 17-year internment buried deep underground. Cicada give us a brilliant insight into the health (or not) of a particular ecosystem. With many different … Continue reading

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NZ Smelt Decline Crisis Mirrored Other Side of World

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by Dr Peter Trolove Press ReleaseNZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers17 January, 2021NZ Smelt Decline Crisis Mirrored Other Side of World A drastic decline in an important native fish in New Zealand has been matched by a similar decline in a … Continue reading

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There is a mismatch between what New Zealand’s government identified as the most pressing environmental issues and the investments in environmental research it actually makes

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An article by Troy Baisden, professor of Environmental Sciences at University of Waikato, Stuff Environment 10/12/2020; Report shows New Zealand’s ‘fragmented’ environmental research funding doesn’t match most urgent needs | Stuff.co.nz New Zealand spends about $500m on environmental research each … Continue reading

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Siltation a Major Environmental Problem mostly Unseen and Out of Mind

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Opinion by Tony Orman   Satellite imagery carried out by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council reveals hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sediment in some of our major rivers and spewing out 20 kilometres offshore following the region’s recent storm. … Continue reading

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Are trout a threat to native fish species?

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This is a situation where you have to see the forest, and not just the individual trees; or more correctly see the ecosystem and not just individual species interactions. Brown trout (three in total) were first successfully introduced to the … Continue reading

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A Stream with no Trout

After a 2019 trip to North Queensland I was reminded of Slim Dusty’s 1957 classic Aussie song, “A Pub With No Beer”. It was based on a poem written back in 1944 by a local (Dan Sheahan) from Ingham; near … Continue reading

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