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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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Fishing boss admits it’s “commonplace” to not report bycatch – Forest and Bird

By   /  February 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A director of West Coast fishing company Robson Fishing Partnership/Impulse Fishing admitted the company failed to report seabird deaths for three years, in an Employment Relations Authority case. Forest & Bird has referred the case to the Ministry for Primary Industries for investigation. In 2014 the fishing outfit sacked a skipper who took a personal […]

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Minister rejects industry plan to hide dead dolphins from NZ – Forest And Bird

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minister rejects industry plan to hide dead dolphins from NZ – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is welcoming the call by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash to reject a fishing industry proposal to exempt footage from fishing boats from the Official Information Act. “New Zealand has lost faith in the management of our fisheries and we are pleased to see the Fisheries Minister draw a line in the sand […]

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Zero Carbon Act campaigners welcome Govt announcement – Forest And Bird

By   /  December 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Zero Carbon Act campaigners welcome Govt announcement – Forest And Bird

The Zero Carbon Act campaign partners welcome the first concrete steps the Government has taken today towards strong legislation for a safe climate future, with its announcement of the plan for developing the law and establishing an independent climate commission. The partner organisations – Generation Zero, WWF-New Zealand, Forest & Bird, Oxfam New Zealand and […]

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Government Must Heed Report on Adapting to Climate Change – Forest and Bird

By   /  December 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Forest & Bird calls on the new government – which has staked its reputation on dealing with climate change – to recognise the critical role our natural world plays not only in our economy, but also in protecting us against the worst impacts of climate change. Climate Change Minister James Shaw today released a report […]

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