Posts tagged "Forest & Bird"

Pamu, Forest & Bird to work together

[6 August/Radio NZ] Pamu, formerly Landcorp, said it will cut down on the number of cows it stocks on each of its Canterbury dairy farms. It declined to put a number on the reduction. It managed six dairy farms in Canterbury. Its Chief Executive, Steven Carden, announced a deal with Forest and Bird to improve...

Many skippers accused of avoiding fisheries observers

[11 June/Radio NZ] Forest and Bird accused fishing boat skippers of wriggling out of oversight by an observer from the Ministry for Primary Industries despite being legally obliged to do so. Some boats are required to have an observer on board to check up on environmental requirements such as not catching too many fish and...

Fishing industry open to cameras, but worry how data will be used

[8 June/The Country] The fishing industry was not opposed to the deployment of monitoring cameras on commercial boats, however was worried about the access to catch data and the cost of the policy. Fisheries Minister, Stuart Nash, said the deployment was on hold as he wanted more information. The cameras had been installed by Seafood...

Whio gets extra help to survive predators

[26 October/New Zealand Herald] 44 new stoat traps have been deployed in the Mākaroro River to protect New Zealand’s endangered blue duck or whio. The traps have been funded by Forest & Bird’s new Grants for Nature Fund. The local Central Hawke’s Bay branch with support from the Ruahine Whio Protection Trust will maintain the...

Ruataniwha setback?

[6 September/ Rural News] Forest & Bird have successfully appealed against a High Court decision which would have allowed a controversial land swap deal to take place. The land swap deal would have enabled the Ruataniwha dam scheme to go ahead, a project which aimed to irrigate 25,000 hectares of Central Hawke’s Bay farmland. Forest...

Forest & Bird contests ECan water compliance claim

[26 August/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Forest & Bird have challenged Environment Canterbury’s claim that all farmers illegally taking Canterbury water were now compliant with the rules. Forest & Bird Spokeswoman, Megan Hubscher said Environment Canterbury had acknowledged that its claim was incorrect, and issued a new statement saying that it had issued 26 abatement...

Government reveals conservation project with aim to be predator free by 2050

[25 July/ NZ Herald] Forest & Bird Advocacy Manager, Kevin Hackwell said New Zealand was on track to have a predator free country by 2040, ten years earlier than the formal 2050 target announced by the government. The government’s policy was centred around a $28 million joint venture, Predator Free New Zealand, which would identify...

Millions of litres of water illegally taken: Is ECan doing enough?

 [20 June/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Environment Canterbury data, collected between 2013 and 2014, showed that approximately 20 percent of consented users were taking hundreds of millions of litres of water above their entitlements. The data showed that others were still taking incorrect measurements of how much they took, or not taking measurements at all,...

‘Zero market’ for wind-felled rimu negates bill

[28 June/ Business Day] The West Coast Windblown Timber (Conservation Lands) Bill was passed under urgency on June 26, in order to allow native trees blown down by Cyclone Ita in April to be salvaged from the conservation estate, which is believed to have 20,000 hectares of forest felled and 200,000 hectares damaged. Loggers will...