I have always been suspicious of smoke since the curtains and wall in my student flat caught fire. A sleeping bag had fallen onto a one-bar electric heater on a freezing Christchurch winter day. The speed with which the curtains ignited was frightening. Beating the fire out with a woollen blanket was an experience I […]
Photo credit: Greg O’Beirne. Waimakariri River, Canterbury, New Zealand. *A version of this column appeared on stuff.co.nz and in The Dominion Post Where have you been swimming this summer? The beach? A river? Or have you avoided swimming because you’re not sure about whether the water will make you sick? Or maybe your local swimming […]
Every New Zealander should have the right to speak out if a major development threatens their home, livelihood, or a place they care about. Yet this right is increasingly at risk, including in places like North Canterbury. Issac Road near Eyrewell Forest on the north bank of the Waimakariri River is an attractive rural road […]
When a new political party like Gareth Morgan‘s Opportunities Party (TOP) launches, its promoters obviously see a gap in the political line-up, an area where it can promote policies and actions that other parties aren’t. That’s why the environmental policy released by Gareth Morgan’s party released today is surprising. It’s a pick and mix of […]
The Sea Change Tai Timu Tai Pari report (Hauraki Gulf Marine Spatial Plan) launched last month makes a strong case for ending bottom trawling, purse seining, and dredging in the Gulf as fishing methods which damage the seabed. The report notes that there was “overwhelming support” for this in public surveys and consultation during the […]
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has more than halved the number of fisheries observers in the East Coast North Island snapper trawl fishery (SNA1). This reduction in observer days, combined with major failures in an unproven and controversial video monitoring system, means commercial trawlers in one of our most important fisheries are not being […]
Today, Christchurch City Council considered the National-led Government’s Block Offer 2017 proposal to tender for permits which allow companies to explore for oil and gas in New Zealand, including off the Canterbury coast . Thankfully, the City Council voted by 15 to 1 not to support the proposal and to ask Ngai Tahu and Environment […]
New Zealanders who care about Maui dolphin should prepare to feel embarrassed: the Government is about to be put to shame on the international stage for its lack of action to protect Maui’s dolphin.
Sooty shearwater are amazing and deserve your vote in Forest and Bird’s Bird of the Year competition. They make one of the longest known bird migrations, flying an annual round trip of 64,000 kms across the entire Pacific Ocean, from NZ to feeding grounds off the coasts of Japan, Alaska and California, and back.
Like the kakapo, New Zealand sea lions/rāpoka are classified as critically endangered. There are only an estimated 11,800 of them left on the planet. Their numbers are falling each year.