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Fenced Riparian Strips – a Clayton’s Solution?

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By Tony Orman In 2017  the late Bill Benfield wrote an excellent book “Water Quality and Ownership” published by Tross Publishing, in which he criticised the new found novelty for fencing riparian strips along rivers and streams. He wrote “the … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Stories from Our Back Roads” by Ray Stone. Two volumes at $49.99 each, i.e. North Island and South Island. Reviewed by Tony Orman Here’s a twin set of terrific books on driving back country roads and 4WD tracks. … Continue reading

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Dirty Truth About the Waikato River

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From Radio NZ Radio NZ journalist Farah Hancock has lifted the lid on the reality of the Waikato River which from its pristine water outlet from Taupo, spilling over the thunderous Huka Falls a few kilometres downstream, then collects chemicals … Continue reading

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National Geographic Calls for Halt to Salmon Farming in Key Chilean Region

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Special report The Kawésqar National Park extends over 2.8 million hectares, making it the second-largest park in Chile. However, the coastal areas in the park are considered a national reserve, a category that has less protection than a park. The reserve is … Continue reading

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Rakaia River National Water Conservation Order 1988 Worthless Thanks to Politicians and Bureaucrats

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Special Report   The Rakaia River, a public waterway of once outstanding trout, salmon and native populations with associated wildlife values, has been gutted by politicians and bureaucrats , says the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). Aggravating the … Continue reading

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Carbon Farming with Pines Bad for Environment

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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 … Continue reading

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The Art of Influencing Crucial Decision Making

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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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Public Access to Conservation Lands Under Threat?

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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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Politics and the Environment – Cause and Effect

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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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Two Wildlife Books To Delight and Educate Kids

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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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