Right now, Forest and Bird are in the Supreme Court defending a challenge from the Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry. The Minister wants to remove the protected status of 22 hectares of Forest Park land in order to allow it to be flooded for the Ruataniwha irrigation dam to go ahead. Think about that for […]
Today, the Government announced its draft kiwi recovery plan, which seeks to turn around the current decline in kiwi numbers. It is an ambitious plan that rightly recognises that predator control and habitat protection will be key to saving the kiwi. What is most concerning however, is that there is an acknowledged annual funding shortfall […]
We were on our first visit to the Oparara Basin, on the Karamea side of Kahurangi National park, famous for its large natural rock arches.
This week is Conservation Week. We all benefit from conservation, so we all must play a part in protecting our future. 10 questions with Green MP Gareth Hughes.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been making a big deal about cuts to Conservation funding and the impact they are having on the work the Department of Conservation is charged with doing. Yet Maggie Barry, the Minister of Conservation, says I’ve got it all wrong. So I thought a review might be in order.
Seeing swamp kauri mining for the first time this week was a shock. Dark peaty soil had been stripped of its plant cover and giant excavators were digging into wet, swampy soil to unearth logs that had been buried for thousands of years. The land was raw and cut by deep drains. Huge kauri logs […]
A fuel spill that has coated at least one shag in oil and marred Tauranga Harbour shows how damaging offshore oil and gas exploration could be to the environment. At least one shag has been found with its body coated in oil from the spill, and teams have been out assessing the environmental impact. The […]
The Environmental Defence Society’s new book Vanishing Nature – facing New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis, should be read by every New Zealander concerned about our native plants and wildlife and striking natural landscapes; and particularly by Government Ministers before Budget Day on 21 May. The book authored by Marie Brown, Theo Stephens, Raewyn Peart and Bevis […]
It is amazing that you can hear the song of the endangered North Island kokako in South Auckland’s Hunua Ranges, less than 50 kms from the central city. A heavy schedule of policy workshops at the Green Party’s Policy Conference at nearby Camp Adair last weekend meant there was no time to go in search […]
New Zealand needs to remedy the impact of irrigation and hydro development or lose a majority of our native freshwater fish species, 74 per cent of which are threatened and at risk of becoming extinct. Irrigation, hydro development, fishing and introduced species have reduced the populations of native fish species such as the galaxiids, a […]