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  • Eugenie Sage

    Fair hearing for Denniston in Environment Court - by Eugenie Sage



    Forest and Bird deserves every success in its Environment Court case to protect the distinctive coal measures ecosystems and landscapes of the Denniston Plateau. This week the Court began hearing the Society’s appeal against West Coast councils granting resource consents under the RMA to Australian miner, Bathurst Resources’ destructive plans for an open cast coal […] read more
    October 30, 2012 2:04 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    Meridian wastes millions on Mokihinui - by Gareth Hughes



    Meridian Energy has pulled the plug on their controversial West Coast Mokihinui hydro-electricity project and this has brought a number of issues to the surface. read more
    May 23, 2012 3:09 pm - 11 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    BioBlitz on the Denniston Plateau - by Eugenie Sage



    I’m heading down to the Denniston Plateau this weekend for Forest and Bird’s BioBlitz of the area, as part of their wider campaign to Save the Denniston Plateau. The Denniston Plateau is a upland wonderland of wetlands, streams and ancient rock, home to many unique native species including the great spotted kiwi, green geckos, ground […] read more
    March 2, 2012 8:51 am - 5 Comments
  • frog

    I can’t write satire, but Secret Agent ‘Lhaws’ can - by frog



    I’m a rather boring political blogger. I like to look at the evidence, see if it supports the political spin, and comment accordingly. But it seems we have a ‘secret agent” in the Greens who can write very clever satire, at least on mining. The agent’s under cover name is “Lhaws” read more
    July 25, 2010 9:16 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Hague calls on Nicky Wagner to withdraw false assertion on mining - by Kevin Hague



    Misinformation from the Government continues on mining. Nicky Wagner, on her Facebook wall in response to someone pointing out the nature of the Pike River mine approved by Labour and opposed by the Greens said this: “You may be interested in these quotes Metiria Turei (on Pike River): “This case clearly shows that it is […] read more
    April 14, 2010 1:11 pm - 31 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Coal and Sustainable Energy: An exciting essay topic - by Kennedy Graham



    To the CEO of Solid Energy: Dear Sir, I understand that your corporation is sponsoring an essay competition for schoolchildren in Southland, West Coast, Canterbury and Waikato. The essay, up to 1500 words, must address “The Role of Coal in Sustainable Energy Solutions for New Zealand.” read more
    March 13, 2010 10:20 am - 21 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    To Save Happy Valley Coalition, From Jeanette - by Jeanette Fitzsimons



    I was absolutely gutted yesterday to hear that Solid Energy has moved into our beautiful valley to begin its destruction. I wish I could be here [in Christchurch] with you today. I want to celebrate all the people who have kept vigil at the camp, walked five hours to get there in hard weather, given […] read more
    April 26, 2009 8:01 pm - 70 Comments
  • frog

    Save Happy Valley celebrates 3rd anniversary - by frog



    The Save Happy Valley Coalition celebrated the occupation’s 3rd anniversary on the weekend. The valley is home to endangered kiwi and snails in a precious forest-edged red tussock wetland. Destroying this special place to mine coal that will contribute to climate change is doubly criminal. While the occupation has so far protected the valley from […] read more
    January 27, 2009 9:43 am - 1 Comment
  • Metiria Turei

    Dolphin CSI – National crisis - by Metiria Turei



    Forest & Bird has released photos and data showing increased Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin mutilation: Forest & Bird obtained data from DOC under the Official Information Act about the number of Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins found mutilated round New Zealand’s coastline. The records show there have been 36 cases of dolphins found mutilated since 1980, […] read more
    December 4, 2008 1:27 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    Imminent extinction for august snail - by frog



    The Department of Conservation says that the powelliphanta augustus snails are not faring so well in their new homes. Up to 40% mortality is evident in the new populations established just within the last 2 years.Over 6000 snails have been gathered up and thrown in DOC fridges for the crime of daring to live on […] read more
    November 28, 2008 3:39 pm - 13 Comments
  • frog

    Here’s a challenge - by frog



    A British schoolgirl, Tiana Walton, has smashed the world record for number of snails on your face at one time, previously held by an Australian, as she let 25 snails slide across her face. This seems like the sort of record a New Zealand schoolgirl could claim off England and thus bring some Guinness Book […] read more
    September 3, 2008 11:43 am - 1 Comment
  • frog

    Which animals and plants should we choose for extinction? - by frog



    Dot Earth has been hosting an interesting discussion over the last few days by asking what creatures we can afford to allow to slip into extinction?  The premise is basically that we humans are not very good at protecting or preserving other creatures and plants in our environment and its kind of inevitable that some […] read more
    June 12, 2008 7:13 am - 21 Comments
  • frog

    Damming the Mokihinui River eels - by frog



    One of the things both Russel and Metiria can get really passionately fired up about is eels. I’m telling you, don’t let either of them catch you saying nasty things about eels, let alone damming or irrigating their rivers; off come their calm, reasonable Green Party politician personas.So, you can imagine their current consternation over […] read more
    April 3, 2008 11:31 am - 10 Comments
  • frog

    Solid Energy trumpets its environmental performance - by frog



    Yesterday Solid Energy was complaining that snails and associated protests had cost it millions of dollars. Today it is celebrating it’s greenness by talking about the snails it is saving and how it’s carbon emissions were less that its offsets last year (probably thanks in part to protests by the Save Happy Valley crew which […] read more
    March 27, 2008 4:19 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    Celebrating a loss - by frog



    Solid Energy is in the news blaming protesters for its loss of $2.7 million dollars for the year. If only. Actually a lot of that loss came from costs associated with its legal requirement to move the threatened Powelliphanta Augustus snail. Remember that the Department of Conservation’s original recommendation to the Minister was that the […] read more
    March 26, 2008 1:37 pm - 14 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    All things are connected - by Russel Norman



    Frogs are getting terrible deformities in the US because of phosphorous and nitrogen run-off from farms, according to this report. The interesting aspect is the way that the connectedness of ecological systems results in cascading events. The runoff sets in motion a series of events in lakes and ponds where frogs live, the researchers said. […] read more
    September 26, 2007 5:14 pm - No Comments
  • frog

    Unhappy protesters settle into Happy Valley - by frog



    While most most of us are today returning to work after the weekend (or enjoying a holiday if we’re lucky enough to be in Auckland or Nelson), 75 protesters at Happy Valley are settling in for a long stay in the great outdoors as they begin an indefinite occupation to protest Solid Energy’s proposed open […] read more
    January 30, 2006 12:22 pm - 4 Comments

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