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Letter calling for urgent review of South Canterbury rivers rejected

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From Timaru Herald: Supplied Otop members Elizabeth McKenzie, Dr Phil Driver and Tom O’Connor say the Pareora River (above) has been “over-allocated.” An attempt to urge Environment Canterbury (ECan) to undertake an urgent review of South Canterbury rivers has been … Continue reading

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Flow-on effect ‘Modest’ improvement to water quality from plan change

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Courtesy of Fuseworks: Horizons Regional Council has adopted recommendations that will allow some intensive farming operations to apply for resource consent – after a gap of three years. At its strategy and policy meeting on Tuesday, councillors adopted the recommendations … Continue reading

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Joni Mitchell Was Right

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Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone                                    Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi   Recently dead vegetation – North Rakaia River April 2021         Going, going, gone!   1.      … Continue reading

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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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Government Needs to Come Clean on Foreign Buy-ups of NZ

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The current government needs to instigate far stricter controls on foreigners buying up New Zealand’s countryside says the Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations as well as keeping the New Zealand public informed of the extent of outsiders buying up the … 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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Fish are suffering on an industry-wide scale, scathing Scottish salmon farm investigation reveals

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An undercover investigation of the Scottish salmon industry and its accompanying report recently released reveal suffering, breaches of Scottish animal welfare law and shocking mortality rates. It uncovers the grim reality for many fish raised in sea cages to produce … 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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