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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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Yellow-eyed penguin crisis requires urgent Govt action – Forest And Bird

By   /  November 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Yellow-eyed penguin crisis requires urgent Govt action – Forest And Bird

Nearly half the breeding population of endangered hoiho (yellow-eyed penguins) on the island sanctuary of Whenua Hou (Codfish Island) have disappeared at sea, and Forest & Bird says the evidence indicates they most likely drowned in a commercial set net. Forest & Bird is calling on the Government to urgently call together Ngāi Tahu, the […]

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Climate Report Must Spur Action from New Government – Forest And Bird

By   /  October 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

A new climate report being released today must spur New Zealand’s political and industrial leaders into reducing greenhouse gas emissions, regardless of who takes the reins of government later today, says Forest & Bird. “New Zealand’s wildlife and coastal communities are already experiencing the early effects of climate change, but we still have a chance […]

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Stockton mine changes hands in a terrible deal – Forest And Bird

By   /  September 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Stockton mine changes hands, in a terrible deal for taxpayers and environment Forest & Bird is calling today’s takeover of the country’s largest coal mine by BT Mining a terrible deal for taxpayers and the environment. BT Mining, a venture between Australian mining company Bathurst Resources and Motueka food company Talley’s Group, has bought three […]

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Taxpayers left with costly environmental liability from Solid Energy mines – Forest And Bird

By   /  July 31, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Taxpayers left with costly environmental liability from Solid Energy mines – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says evidence of corporate welfare and dirty deals is mounting up as the Government’s sale of Stockton coal mine progresses. “This sale is a terrible deal – for the environment, and for taxpayers,” says Forest & Bird’s Chief Executive Kevin Hague. Last week the Overseas Investment Office approved BT Mining’s purchase of […]

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West Coast needs a bold, smart vision – not more ‘boom and bust’ – Forest And Bird

By   /  July 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Forest & Bird is calling for a bolder vision for the West Coast in response to new plans to smooth the way for more of the same ‘boom and bust’ industries. Today Ministers of Conservation, Economic Development, and Tourism launched the Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Development Action Plan. “We congratulate the West Coast for […]

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Clarifying the facts: Supreme Court land swap ruling – Forest And Bird

By   /  July 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Daily Gallery  /  2 Comments

The Minister of Conservation and the Government are presenting ‘alternative facts’ in their response to the Supreme Court ruling yesterday on whether specially protected conservation land can be swapped. This backgrounder provides verifiable facts for journalists covering this issue. Alternative fact 1: The Minister of Conservation has told journalists that the 22 hectares she tried […]

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Sea Lion plan has fishing industry blind spot – Forest And Bird

By   /  July 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  Comments Off on Sea Lion plan has fishing industry blind spot – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says New Zealand’s sea lions are in serious trouble, but the Sea Lion Threat Management Plan released today does not address the fishing industry’s deadly impact on the species. The conservation organisation says NZ sea lions are the world’s rarest, and is calling for a zero by-kill goal in all fisheries. “It’s […]

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Environmental victory for coastal marine species – Forest And Bird

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

In a significant victory for New Zealand’s coastal wildlife, the High Court has backed a landmark 2016 Environment Court finding that Regional Councils can protect their marine environment using the RMA. Forest & Bird has previously criticised the Government’s appeal as an attempt to road-block regional councils from acting to protect New Zealand’s marine environment. […]

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Call for zero bycatch after MPI admits 2016 a bad year for seabirds – Forest and Bird

By   /  June 7, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Forest & Bird is calling on the Ministry of Primary Industries to set a zero bycatch target for seabird deaths after official figures revealed an estimated 1000 albatross, petrels, and shearwaters were killed by surface longline fishing boats during the 2015/16 fishing year. MPI, the government department in charge of regulating fishing-related seabird deaths, has […]

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Budget delivers $12 million less for native wildlife – Forest And Bird

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Budget delivers $12 million less for native wildlife – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has calculated that the 2017/18 budget has delivered a $12 million real term reduction in the Department of Conservation’s core biodiversity funding. “The Government is trying to confuse the true picture by including its one-off emergency spending on the ‘Battle for Our Birds’ response to the latest beech masting event,” says Forest […]

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MPI & industry keep quiet on two more NZ sea lion deaths – Forest And Bird

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on MPI & industry keep quiet on two more NZ sea lion deaths – Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the Ministry for Primary Industries and the fishing industry is once again playing underhanded games, this time over two newly reported NZ sea lion deaths. The environmental organisation says MPI and the fishing industry appear to have been colluding by withholding news of two recent sea lion deaths in fishing nets, […]

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Freshwater consultation goes toxic – Forest and Bird

By   /  May 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Forest & Bird has joined the call asking the Government to extend its fresh water submission deadline equally to everyone, not just scientists. The Government is due to provide evidence on its new standards to a select group of scientists this week. “The public deserves the whole story. How can we make an informed submission […]

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