conservation Archive

  • Catherine Delahunty

    Net Conservation Benefit - by Catherine Delahunty

    The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau. As DOC is increasingly required to commercialise and mining is promoted, […] read more
    June 25, 2014 1:23 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    The monorail that wasn’t - by Eugenie Sage

      Congratulations to Save Fiordland, Forest and Bird and the more than 18,000 people who spoke out to protect the Te Wahipounamu SouthWest World Heritage Area and Fiordland’s beautiful river valleys and the ancient beech forests of Snowdon Forest from a destructive and risky monorail. The reality would have been nothing like the glossy PR […] read more
    June 3, 2014 3:52 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Action for Archey’s – The Parakiwai Protest - by Catherine Delahunty

    Early on Saturday morning, residents and friends of the Coromandel led by the legendary Coromandel Watchdog group took a two hour walk uphill to the Newmont gold drilling rig in the Wharekirauponga area of the Forest Park. Newmont has been drilling in this area for several years and claims to be pretty excited by the […] read more
    July 9, 2013 3:07 pm - 7 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Bus tunnel better in Auckland than in national parks - by Eugenie Sage

    Glenorchy based Stop the Tunnel  is presenting a series of stunning photographs of Mt Aspiring and Fiordland National Parks  to the Local Government and Environment select committee today. The presentation is in support of their petition to Parliament to stop the proposed $150 million Milford Dart bus tunnel.  The online petition has now been signed […] read more
    July 4, 2013 12:54 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Water and Biodiversity - by Eugenie Sage

    Yesterday was the UN International Day for Biological Diversity. The theme for this year was Water and Biodiversity. In New Zealand our native freshwater species are extremely vulnerable. Our longfin eels are on a pathway to extinction yet are still being caught commercially. Other freshwater species have no or little protection compared to our terrestrial […] read more
    May 23, 2013 2:59 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Akaroa Harbour marine reserve welcome news - by Eugenie Sage

    Gareth has previously posted about the Dan Rogers marine reserve in Akaroa Harbour.  Living on Banks Peninsula and having helped promote the reserve I wanted to share my thoughts and thank and congratulate the reserve applicants, Kathleen and Brian Reid and the Akaroa Harbour Marine Protection Society who When the Government is opening up conservation […] read more
    April 18, 2013 4:28 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Denniston too precious to mine - by Catherine Delahunty

    I am concerned that the interim decision of the Environment Court does not rule out the mining of the Denniston Plateau. The interim decision of the Environment Court acknowledges that the Denniston Plateau has high biodiversity values which would be impacted by mining and that the situation is too close to call. However the decision […] read more
    March 28, 2013 2:53 pm - 9 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Whales needlessly dying on the doorstep of our largest city - by Gareth Hughes

    Imagine if a Japanese whaling fleet every year came down to New Zealand and hunted and killed two critically endangered whales in the Hauraki Gulf, just off Auckland? read more
    March 6, 2013 4:28 pm - 27 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    The Routeburn tunnel – National Parks or National disgrace? - by Eugenie Sage

    Birdsong should not be replaced by the sound of diggers in our National Parks. Promoters claim that the Department of Conservation (DoC) will soon decide whether Milford Dart Ltd’s application for a proposed 11.3km private bus tunnel from the Glenorchy end of the Routeburn track to the Hollyford Valley near Te Anau goes ahead. Our six […] read more
    January 23, 2013 12:12 pm - 2 Comments
  • 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
  • frog

    Descendants of Sir James Clark Ross talk about Ross Sea - by frog

    What would Ross think of NZ’s treatment of the Ross Sea? We asked his descendants. Descendants of Sir James Clark Ross talk about Ross Sea protection, from Green Party of Aotearoa NZ on Vimeo. read more
    October 3, 2012 10:51 am - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Love Our Parks, Save Our Parks - by Eugenie Sage

    I visited Te Anau and Glenorchy recently to meet with representatives of Save Fiordland and Stop the Tunnel.  They are working to protect Fiordland from Milford Dart Ltd’s preposterous proposal to mine a 11.3 km long, 430m deep tunnel from the start of the Routeburn Track to the Hollyford Valley and its destructive twin – […] read more
    September 18, 2012 4:21 pm - 7 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Where is the Minister of Conservation? - by Gareth Hughes

    Has anyone seen the Minister of Conservation, Kate Wilkinson? Maybe we should send out a search party because she is missing in action. She’s clearly not doing her job which is using her powers to protect threatened species. On her watch we are seeing the critically endangered Maui’s dolphins and the New Zealand Sea Lion on a fast-track to extinction. read more
    August 29, 2012 11:13 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Protecting the Mokihinui - by Eugenie Sage

    At its July meeting the West Coast Conservation Board decided unanimously to request the New Zealand Conservation Authority to use its powers under section 8 of the National Parks Act to investigate adding the Mokihinui River catchment to Kahurangi National Park. I have written to Conservation Minister Kate Wilkinson and asked her to request the […] read more
    July 18, 2012 10:29 am - No Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    History (sometimes) repeats – Saving Fiordland - by Eugenie Sage

    Some 40 years ago the Save Manapouri campaign began with a meeting in Te Anau. Protecting Lake Manapouri from being raised and operated as a hydro lake and the lake shore forest inundated involved the biggest public mobilisation for the environment New Zealand had ever seen. Lakes Manapouri and Te Anau together with the rest […] read more
    July 16, 2012 1:48 pm - 5 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Let’s catch up with Australia on marine conservation - by Gareth Hughes

    Today the Australian Government announced the creation of the world’s largest network of marine reserves, covering 3.1 million square kilometres of ocean including the entire Coral Sea! The marine reserves will protect a third of Australia’s territorial waters. It’s amazing news for the oceans, and a responsible move by the Australian Government. read more
    June 14, 2012 5:58 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    What protected NZ species is being sold as pet food? - by Eugenie Sage

    What native species is as endangered as Great Spotted Kiwi is being sold as cat food? Longfin eels deserve protection from being killed for upmarket cat food. Populations of longfin eels are declining and the species is at risk of extinction yet they have no legal protection in New Zealand and they can still be […] read more
    June 7, 2012 9:33 am - 5 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Planet Economy lives on Planet Earth not in some distant galaxy - by Eugenie Sage

    For National, Planet Economy is somewhere distant from Planet Earth. Bill English’s Budget speech didn’t even mention the environment or conservation. National demonstrated once again that it doesn’t understand that a healthy economy depends on a healthy environment. Instead of investing in biodiversity protection National produced a zero sum budget for our native plants and […] read more
    May 25, 2012 1:27 pm - 11 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    The link between environmentalism and social justice - by Holly Walker

    I’ve been doing some thinking about the links between the environment, the economy, and social justice. So have Ban Ki-moon and Tim Flannery. read more
    March 24, 2012 10:30 am - 26 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Mad monorail proposal in Southland tussock grasslands and beech forests - by Eugenie Sage

    Various alternate routes to Milford Sound have been proposed over the years to solve the perceived problem of travel time to, and congestion at Milford Sound. They include the train tunnel, the highway from Haast and the gondola. Two new proposals now seek concessions from the Department of Conservation. Milford Dart Ltd wants to build […] read more
    February 24, 2012 10:23 am - 35 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Protect our critically endangered New Zealand sea lion - by Gareth Hughes

    I was fortunate to see some sea lions in the wild yesterday on the Otago Peninsular as I launched our push to protect these critically endangered animals. Along with sea lion expert Dr Bruce Robertson and Sea Lion Trust Chairman Stephen Broni, I launched an online submission that people can send to the Government urging […] read more
    December 19, 2011 5:39 pm - 7 Comments
  • David Clendon

    A precautionary tale - by David Clendon

    Following is an extract from Hansard, recording an exchange I had with energy Minister Hekia Parata back in April.  The question was asked at a time when iwi, hapu, environmental groups and others were trying to persuade the government that issuing permits for deep water drilling is a bad idea. David Clendon: What is the […] read more
    October 10, 2011 9:52 am - 9 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Blackball Mayday Speech - by Kevin Hague

    While some others were focused on political events elsewhere in the country, I was in Blackball for the annual Mayday celebrations and for the launch of a memorial wheel for those who have lost their lives in West Coast mines in recent years, most notably the Pike River 29. Families had made tiles with the […] read more
    May 1, 2011 11:59 am - 2 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Restoring the Kaipara Harbour - by David Clendon

    I was really inspired when taking part in a hui at Puatahi Marae on Sunday, an open day for the Integrated Kaipara Harbour Management Group.  The group’s title is a mouthful, but there is nothing complicated about the vision they share, which is to restore the Kaipara, its mauri, its quality and its ecosystems back to what […] read more
    April 18, 2011 5:58 pm - 1 Comment
  • Gareth Hughes

    Making origami whales to save the whales - by Gareth Hughes

    Yesterday I launched a nationwide sister cities whale tour in Wellington for ordinary people to do something about whaling, rather than leaving it up to the activists and international lawyers. We set up a stall where passers-by could sign a letter to Wellington’s sister city, Sakai, and then fold it in to an origami whale. […] read more
    January 12, 2011 4:12 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Interesting answers to hard questions (for public servants!) - by Kevin Hague

    Sometimes it can be tricky being a senior public servant. The Department of Conservation senior management just fronted up to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee for the Department’s ‘financial review’. This is the Department’s accountability mechanism to Parliament for how it spent its public money in the 2009-10 year, but in practice the […] read more
    December 9, 2010 4:41 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    Rafting the majestic Mokihinui - by Russel Norman

    Over 100 of us rafted and kayaked down the Mokihinui River on Sunday. The Mok is a fantastic wild West Coast river, a river full of life which makes its way through some of the last of our great lowland forest. Meridian Energy wants to dam and destroy the Mokihinui and drown the surrounding forest, […] read more
    October 27, 2010 3:59 pm - 10 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Conservation week – wetlands and kokako - by Kevin Hague

    There is a perceived conflict between the environment and the economy. John Key often talks about balance but the reality as we all know is somewhat different. Personally I, like many New Zealanders am happy to protect areas like the Whangamarino wetland just because there are special. Some members of our society want to take […] read more
    September 17, 2010 3:40 pm - 5 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Conservation week – lords of the forest - by Kevin Hague

    Tane Mahuta, lord of the forest. A tree that is truly magnificent, along with Te Matua Ngahere, father of the forest, who is our second largest Kauri. Estimated to be over 2000 years old, this means that it is possible that it lived through the large Taupo eruption of 180CE. Both trees grow in the […] read more
    September 16, 2010 5:17 pm - 5 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Conservation week – under the sea - by Kevin Hague

    I live on an island close to the sea. The opening lyrics of Jess Chambers memorable song Island which featured in our 2008 election campaign will ring true with many. Our coastline features heavily in our recreational opportunities. Many of us yearn for a sunny day at the beach under a deep blue sky or […] read more
    September 15, 2010 5:14 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Saving the Mokihinui River - by Kevin Hague

    Well it’s Conservation Week and my inbox is full of email from people who saw the WhitewaterNZ film “A Tale of Two Rivers” on TVNZ 6 last night. It’s being repeated three times before the end of the week and is well worth a watch. Essentially it compares the disastrous Meridian Energy plan to build […] read more
    September 14, 2010 5:42 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Let’s Celebrate Conservation Week - by Kevin Hague

    To celebrate Conservation week we are doing a short series of blog posts about conservation in New Zealand, celebrating how lucky we are. We will cover some the current conservation issues and, since this is a political blog, highlight some of our solutions. What does conservation mean? Like sustainability the meaning often changes with context, […] read more
    September 14, 2010 1:23 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kevin Hague

    Young people inspire others to believe change is possible - by Kevin Hague

    One of the events I really wanted to take part in last year was a festival called “A Day at the Beach”. It was the idea of a couple of young West Coasters, Louis Brown and Guy Ryan. Louis would walk 350km (to represent 350 ppm Carbon in the atmosphere) down the beach from Karamea […] read more
    September 5, 2010 11:00 pm - 5 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Reading the National Government’s playbook - by Kevin Hague

    It’s a bit of a hobby of mine – trying to infer the content of the advice they have received from Crosby-Textor from the behaviour of the Government. Of course it may not be that it’s just Crosby-Textor’s advice: some might come from Stephen Joyce himself, but you get the idea. Some of it’s obvious, […] read more
    July 22, 2010 6:00 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Deep South has strong conservation message for Government - by Kevin Hague

    I’m sure that when the Government first developed its plan to “unlock” for mining conservation areas currently protected by Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act, it anticipated that the plan would be opposed by conservationists and trendy lefties. But – the Government would have reasoned – such people don’t vote National anyway. What an […] read more
    June 28, 2010 5:34 pm - 15 Comments
  • frog

    Sign petition to stop National developing Waitakeres - by frog

    As David Clendon blogged last week there has been a lot of concern in West Auckland about the  impacts the third super city bill might have on the Waitakere Ranges. First, Westies were concerned that the Bill might lead to the Waitakeres being taken away from the Auckland Council and made into a National Park. […] read more
    February 24, 2010 1:36 pm - 5 Comments
  • David Clendon

    Stop National stealing the Waitakeres - by David Clendon

    I put out a press release yesterday highlighting a well-hidden clause in the third Auckland Council Bill which aims to nationalize Waitakere Regional Park. On Page 163 of the Bill is a clause which would repeal Section 77(1) of the Local Government Act. This means that the Waitakeres would no longer belong to Auckland Regional […] read more
    February 11, 2010 12:24 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    Fish industry uses net to catch hoki criticism - by frog

    To the surprise of conservationists, in 2001 the New Zealand hoki fishery was recognised as a sustainably managed fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council. Yet conservationists have continually raised concerns over how the fishery could possibly be sustainable when bycatch rates of NZ fur seals and seabirds are so high and the bottom trawling equipment […] read more
    December 12, 2009 10:05 am - 9 Comments
  • Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Herd homes vs cubicles like home vs prison - by Jeanette Fitzsimons

    Have you ever felt that after a long day inside a building you just have to get out and feel the sun and breathe some air? I guess not being able to do that is one  of the punishments the prison system imposes on offenders. But even they get an hour or so out in […] read more
    December 9, 2009 3:35 pm - 11 Comments
  • frog

    Global concern at Nats’ plan to mine national parks - by frog

    Scrutiny of Government plans to mine our conservation lands is deepening internationally. And it’s got people hot on Facebook too. The Sunday Star Times ran a powerful feature on the weekend called “Picture imperfect”. It looks at international concern at New Zealand’s environmental performance, including National’s plan to mine conservation land: IT’S JUST a stock-take […] read more
    December 7, 2009 8:30 pm - 10 Comments