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Spectators Never Win in Political Decision-making

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Opinion by Charles Baycroft There are two ways to regard government:- 1. “The Government”, which is what most people talk about when often saying “The Government Should or Should not ———“ You hear most people talking about this all the time because … Continue reading

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Time to Repair Damage Done to Nature

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Abridged from “Newsroom” The time for exploiting nature is over and we need to focus on putting things right, writes Rod Oram in a recent “Newsroom “column. He had just attended the annual conference of the Environmental Defence Society, which … Continue reading

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Kahawai and Estuary Trout Love Whitebait

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by Tony Orman Whitebait in couple of months, will be coming into river mouths and running up river to spawn. Predatory fish such as kahawai often home in on the whitebait shoals. So too do trout and, of course, humans … Continue reading

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A Tip for Late Winter/Spring Trout

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by “ Matuka” I always look sideways at fly fishers who say “I don’t care if I catch any fish or not, it’s just nice to get out there.” Sure it is. But then if you think that way why … Continue reading

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Rifle, Rod and Gun Public Have Lost To “Omnipotent Moral Busybodies”

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Opinion by Dr. Charlie Baycroft and Tony Orman Born in Belfast, Ireland, Clive Staples Lewis (1898–1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He held academic positions in … 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, a very competent trout fly fisherman. and saltwater angler  He wrote many editorials in NZDA’s magazine “NZ Wildlife”. In this editorial of Autumn 1973, he … Continue reading

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Action Needed to Secure Public Ownership of Water

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Opinion by Tony Orman Late 2019 when visiting Tasmania I bought a newspaper “The Australian” and read an article about the impact of tradable water rights on Australian farmers. The headline was “Plea to Rein in Water Barons to Help … Continue reading

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Fishing and Shooting Public Overwhelmingly Opposed to Government Interference

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The trout fishing and duck shooting public are overwhelmingly opposed to a proposal to inject Government appointees into Fish and Game. That is the interim result from an on-going survey by the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) of the anglers’ and hunters’ opinion … Continue reading

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Swiss Voters Referendum on Becoming Pesticide-free

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(special report) Switzerland is holding a referendum over whether or not to ban synthetic pesticides. Environmentalists, are battling the powerful lobby of farmers and agrochemical companies over the issue. The pesticide issue has been simmering for some time with the … Continue reading

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Historic Hawkes Bay Farm Homesteads book

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Book review “Historic Homesteads of Hawkes Bay” by Angus Gordon, published by Mary Egan Publishing, Price $50. Reviewed by Tony Orman Hawkes Bay has a rich istory of early pioneer farming settlement. Often grand homes were built on farms and … Continue reading

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