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The Perch is a Valued Sporting Fish – not a Pest

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Opinion by Tony Orman Currently  Fisheries NZ has a discussion document open for public submissions, in which it is proposed to list perch as a “pest fish” –  contrary to the current legal status of perch as a “sporting fish.” Over … Continue reading

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Warning About “Alarming” South Canterbury Freshwater Fishery Decline

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A former Fish and Game NZ chairman and currently Central South Island Fish and Game councillor Matthew Hall has sounded a loud warning about the region’s fishery decline. The report came from Stuff February 6, 2021, written by journalist Mathew … Continue reading

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Why are the Polluters “Managing” our Freshwater?

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by Dr Peter Trolove President NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) In the US the Environmental Protection Agency EPA sets the limit for safe drinking water at 10mg/L NO3-N In New Zealand the maximum acceptable value for nitrate in drinking … Continue reading

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Trinity Lands Corporate Dairy Farms Fined – Fonterra Links

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A very recent Radio NZ report of 26 January has told of Waikato farmers being warned to clean up their farms. Recently seven farms across the Waikato have been prosecuted under the Resource Management Act for discharging farm effluent into … Continue reading

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New PR Direction for Fish and Game NZ?

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The winds of change may be about to blow away years of antagonism by Fish and Game New Zealand towards farming writes Neal Wallace in the latest issue of Farmers Weekly. In the article Neal Wallace interviewed Fish and Game’s … Continue reading

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Radio NZ reveals Big Companies Big Polluters

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Radio NZ has reported Talleys, Ernest Adams and Yoplait are among hundreds of manufacturers and brands dumping contaminants into New Zealand’s drains and getting away with it. The same sorts of bloody, greasy scenes are playing out across New Zealand. Even … Continue reading

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Forget Latin Insect Names, Focus on Fly Presentation

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by Tony Orman In my job as a farming journalist, I attended many field days aimed at making farmers more efficient. Two things struck me but both are interrelated. The same keen local farmers attended – perhaps 25 percent of … Continue reading

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The Life and Work of NZ Naturalist G V Hudson

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Book Review:”An Exquisite Legacy” by George Gibbs. Published by Potton and Burton. Price $59.99 Reviewed by Tony Orman. This book is the life and story of George Hudson (1867-1947 an amateur naturalist with a passion for insects, particularly butterflies and … Continue reading

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Waikato Dairying Corporate Pollutes Trout Stream

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A farming company, Trinity Lands Limited, operating 20 farms in south Waikato has been convicted in the Tokoroa District Court on January 16 for polluting a Waikato trout stream and fined $46,900. Six others also were fined in a succession … Continue reading

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Scientists Warn of Urgency Action Desperately Needed To Avert Insect Declines

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by Tony Orman Nineteen scientists from European countries such as Germany and Netherlands, USA, South Africa, Australia, Philippines and Brazil have given a strong warning about dramatic declines of insects. The warning in February 2020 and published in “Biological Conservation” … Continue reading

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