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Fishing letter reveals intense industry opposition to transparency – Forest And Bird

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Fishing letter reveals intense industry opposition to transparency – Forest And Bird

A letter from fishing industry heavyweights to Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash reveals the extent of pressure to prevent cameras on boats, at the same time the industry was running an advertising campaign promising greater transparency. The letter, dated 27 July 2018 and released to Forest & Bird under the Official Information Act states: “The purpose […]

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SPCA’s 1080 position will lead to cruel deaths and extinctions – Forest and Bird

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Forest & Bird says the SPCA’s statement calling for 1080 to be banned shows a naïve failure to understand how nature works in the wild, and they will be seeking a meeting with the organisation to discuss its position. Forest & Bird CE Kevin Hague says “The SPCA’s statement on the use of 1080 is […]

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Locals raise environmental risks from ‘Coromandel Gateway’ – Forest And Bird

By   /  December 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Forest & Bird is urging the government to consider the toxic heavy metals that would be released from seabed dredging for the Coromandel Gateway Proposal. The controversial project would involve the removal of 100,000 cubic metres of sediment from Coromandel Harbour to create a marina basin for twelve permanent berths, a terminal for a daily […]

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Legal action likely over council’s failed biodiversity protection – Forest And Bird

By   /  December 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Legal action likely over council’s failed biodiversity protection – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is considering legal action in response to Hutt City Council’s decision to abandon plans to protect significant native habitat on private land. The council has abandoned its plan to identify and map Significant Natural Areas (SNAs) on private land, something it is legally required to do by the Wellington Regional Policy Statement. […]

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Seven years after Rena disaster, marine environment still not protected – Forest and Bird

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Forest & Bird and the Motiti Rohe Moana Trust say it’s high time the Bay of Plenty Regional Council got on with protecting the marine environment around Motiti Island in the Bay of Plenty, seven years after the Rena disaster. The Trust has been battling for decades to protect their local marine environment, and their […]

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No concessions agreed on tahr cull – Forest And Bird

By   /  October 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on No concessions agreed on tahr cull – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has written to the Department of Conservation and the Deerstalkers Association regarding inaccurate media reports that the hunting lobby has gained concessions on the upcoming tahr cull. Forest & Bird attended yesterday’s meeting of the Tahr Liaison Group, along with the Minister of Conservation, DOC, hunting groups, iwi, and other conservation and […]

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Hoki quota cuts may be too little too late – Forest And Bird

By   /  September 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Hoki quota cuts may be too little too late – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is welcoming a fishing industry commitment to reduce the West Coast hoki quota by 22 percent, but is worried it may have come too late. “For years we’ve known that warmer sea temperatures mean less successful breeding for hoki,” says Forest & Bird’s chief conservation adviser Kevin Hackwell. Mr Hackwell says that […]

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Seabed mining decision quashed in High Court – Forest And Bird

By   /  August 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

New Zealand’s only known population of blue whale has been granted a reprieve from the imminent threat of experimental seabed mining, and conservationists are celebrating. The High Court has quashed the Environmental Protection Authority’s green light for Trans-Tasman Resources’ (TTR) experimental seabed mining operation off the coast of Pātea, in Taranaki. TTR was granted consent […]

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NZ seas worst in world for seabirds eating plastic – Forest And Bird

By   /  July 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

NZ seas worst in world for seabirds eating plastic The seas around New Zealand are the riskiest in the world for seabirds eating plastic rubbish, Forest & Bird has warned MPs, ahead of Plastic Free July. Forest & Bird has presented research to Parliament’s Environment Committee, showing the risk to seabirds from plastic rubbish is […]

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Fisheries Minister urged to drop marine protection challenge – Forest And Bird

By   /  June 25, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Fisheries Minister urged to drop marine protection court challenge First steps by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to protect the Otaiti/Astrolabe Reef are at risk, unless a court case challenging Resource Management Act (RMA) management of our coastal marine area is dropped. Following a High Court judicial ruling last year, an Environment Court decision […]

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Conservation land saved from coal mine – Forest And Bird

By   /  June 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Forest & Bird is congratulating the Government on today’s announcement protecting pristine conservation land from the proposed opencast Te Kuha coal mine. “This is a hugely significant, forward-thinking decision, that future generations of New Zealanders will be thankful for,” says Forest & Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague. In the decision today, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage […]

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Conservation land needs urgent protection from mining – Forest And Bird

By   /  May 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Conservation land needs urgent protection from mining – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird welcomes Government moves to ban mines on public conservation land, but says that action needs to be urgent. The intended ban was announced at the opening of Parliament last year, but since then the Department of Conservation has continued granting mining companies permission to dig up conservation land, destroying habitat for threatened […]

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Forest & Bird congratulates Beef + Lamb NZ – Forest And Bird

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Forest & Bird congratulates Beef + Lamb NZ – Forest And Bird

Beef + Lamb NZ strategy aims for carbon neutrality by 2050 Forest & Bird is aplauding Beef + Lamb NZ for its new commitment to a carbon neutral industry by 2050. The goal of carbon neutrality is a part of a long-term environmental strategy anounced today, which covers climate change, freshwater, biodiversity and soil health. […]

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Seabed mining appeal in Wellington High Court – Forest And Bird

By   /  April 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Seabed mining appeal in Wellington High Court – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird will be appearing in a four day hearing starting Monday 16 April, to appeal a controversial Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) decision to allow seabed mining in the habitat of critically endangered blue whales. The EPA granted consent for Trans Tasman Resources Limited (TTR) to mine iron sand in the South Taranaki Bight, […]

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Five Hector’s dolphin deaths: Set nets have to go – Forest and Bird

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Five Hector’s dolphin deaths: Set nets have to go – Forest and Bird

Confirmation that five Hector’s dolphins have been killed in a single set net off Banks Peninsula will shock the country, and confirms that set nets have no place in a modern fishing industry, says Forest & Bird. Forest & Bird’s Marine Advocate Anton van Helden says “Set netting is an indiscriminate fishing method that kills […]

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New footage shows destroyed penguin habitat… – Forest And Bird

By   /  March 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New footage shows destroyed penguin habitat… – Forest And Bird

As storms hit native species hard As tropical Cyclone Hola looks set to hit New Zealand, Forest & Bird is revealing the enormous toll climate change has had on our native species this summer. Earlier this summer, an entire breeding season of little blue penguin chicks nesting around the foreshore on Otata Island, part of […]

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