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Horizon Poll Shows National Voters Worry About Fast Track Bill

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There is widespread public concern about the Fast Track Approvals Bill being pushed by the coalition government’s two cabinet ministers Shane Jones and Chris Bishop. According to an article by Greenpeace, that concern has spread to many who voted National … Continue reading

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Inspiration Book on Fighting for the Environment

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Book Review “Environmental Defenders – Fighting for our Natural World” by Raewyn Peart Price $79.99. Reviewed by Tony Orman This beautifully produced book published by Bateman Books, runs to 368 pages with a liberal sprinkling of excellent photos and tells … Continue reading

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Angling-Conservation Group Sees Fast Track Bill as Undemocratic

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Special Report   A national angling conservation group opposes the government’s proposed legislation for fast track approvals for development projects. Principal reasons for the opposition are the loss of the public’s democratic right to have “a fair say” and the … Continue reading

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Book on Foraging an Intriguing Wealth of Information

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Book Review: “Foraging New Zealand” by Peter Langland’s. Published by Penguin, price $50.00 Reviewed by Tony Orman   “Foraging New Zealand” by Canterbury’s Peter Langlands is a meticulously researched guide to foraging, i.e. gathering leaves and flowers for eating. Author … Continue reading

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Government Proposals Will Worsen NZ’s freshwater crisis

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Special report In December 2023, fifty-one (51) freshwater experts, along with national and regional leaders on freshwater issues and restoration, published an open letter to the newly elected Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and his Cabinet Ministers urging the new Government … Continue reading

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It is Not Just About Irrigation

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by Dr. Peter Trolove NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers executive member   The Environmental Law Initiative ELI has met with success in seeking a judicial review of the Environment Canterbury Regional Council’s (Ecan’s) illegal renewal of the Ashburton Lyndhurst Irrigation … Continue reading

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High Court Rules ECan Acted Illegally Giving Green Light for Irrigation

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The High Court has told Environment Canterbury (ECan) to reconsider its decision that allows nitrates and to other pollutants from irrigated dairy farms into the aquifer and rivers and streams. The court ruled that ECan had unlawfully given a resource … Continue reading

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Eel Deaths in Southland Stream Investigation

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In February,, almost 3,000 eels were found dead in the Low Burn Stream, a tributary of the Mataura River. Environment Southland began an investigation which revealed a poison the waterway. Environment Southland said the still an active investigation, showed the eels did … Continue reading

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Europe’s Dams Dismantled – Salmon Return

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From BBC Future Planet Three years ago, when construction workers started demolishing a series of dams on the Hiitolanjoki River in Finland, they were greatly surprised to spot a run of salmon. Part of the country’s last wild and landlocked population, the … Continue reading

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Norwegian Salmon Farms Gobble up Fish that could feed Millions in Africa – Report

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27 February, 2024 Extracts from an article by Francesco De Augustinis in “Mongabay” Norwegian salmon farms are taking huge amounts of wild fish from West Africa, mining the food security of the region, according to a report from the U.K.-based … Continue reading

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