Posts tagged "DOC"

Myrtle rust found on West Coast

[10 May/The Country] Myrtle Rust has been detected on the West Coast for the first time, on a young pohutukawa tree in Greymouth. This is after DOC announced last year that the disease had spread from the North Island to the Tasman region. Myrtle rust attacks myrtle species, including pohutukawa, manuka, kanuka and rata. Pohutukawa...

Avocado growers in Environment Court water fight over wetland’s aquifer source

[10 December/Stuff] The Department of Conservation (DOC) is appealing a resource consent granted by the Northland Regional Council (NRC) allowing 17 avocado growers to take over two million cubic metres of groundwater a year from the Aupouri aquifer in the Environment Court this week. The growers plan to plant over 600 hectares of avocados, and...

Speaker Trevor Mallard lays complaint with police after dead birds left on steps of Parliament

[13 September/The Country] A complaint was laid with police by the Speaker of the House after native birds used in a 1080 protest appeared to be bludgeoned to death. Protesters laid dead birds on the steps of Parliament alongside fake 1080 pellets. The claimed the birds were killed by 1080 poisoning, however Trevor Mallard said...

Ministry defends kauri dieback programme performance

[5 July/Radio NZ] The Ministry for Primary Industries defended its leadership of the kauri dieback programme. Dr Amanda Black of the Lincoln University Bio-Protection Research Centre said the programme was a trainwreck. She added there was week governance around the programme, and people involved with management of the programme did not know how to procure...

Tourism is all take and no give, research finds

[7 August/ Farmers Weekly] Victoria University research has found tourism contributed less than 3.5 percent of the Department of Conservation’s (DOC) budget while DOC spent 34 percent of its budgetary allocations on recreational expenses including tourist facilities and services and managing tourism concessions. Victoria’s School of Government Senior Lecturer Dr Valentina Dinica said DOC is...

Jon Morgan: All is not lost for Ruataniwha Dam

[17 July/ Opinion Piece- Stuff] NZ Farmer Editor Jon Morgan believes it is encouraging that the Government thinks the law around land swaps, such as the swap of DOC Ruahine Forest Park land for farmland to pave the way for the Ruataniwha Dam, should be clarified. Mr Morgan said the dam’s future is in the...