Had a nice chat with Molly from Forest and Bird



A lovely young lady called Molly knocked on my door in Arkles Bay today. She works for Forest and Bird . After our conversation I promised to write an article to draw our readers attention to the good work that this not for profit organisation does.

Poor Molly had no idea whose house she was visiting and I had to shut the door to Cam’s office to stop him butting in with his views about Maui dolphins. One of the first things she talked about was how they are trying to save the Maui dolphins and how our fishing industry is responsible for them being endangered. I politely explained that we disagreed about that and how cat poo washed into our oceans was what was really killing the Maui dolphins.

When Molly left I went to the Forest and Bird website and read what they had to say about Maui dolphins. They want the government to ban set netting in the areas where the Maui dolphins live up to 100m depth which seems perfectly reasonable. They acknowledge on their site that it is net netting that is the main cause of Maui dolphin fishing related deaths. Here in Arkles bay Cam has been fighting the reintroduction of set netting and he has been in the local paper a couple of times because of it.

Molly explained that Forest and Bird are not just about trying to protect the Maui dolphin but do many other things. She talked about reintroducing the brown kiwi into Shakespear bay and planting thousands of native trees.

2014 Forest and Bird

2014 Forest and Bird

She also mentioned that they have saved a bird from extinction that was down to only one female. She said the bird now numbers around eighty and only time will tell if the limited gene pool will survive. She told me about the bird when I expressed the view that the Maui dolphin numbers are too low now to bring back from inevitable extinction.

I asked where the money they raise goes, as I said I did not want to support propaganda campaigns to damage our fishing industry. She indicated that the money goes on positive actions to help protect our native flora and fauna.

Molly was upbeat and enthusiastic and did a really good job explaining the good that Forest and Bird  do, so this post is my contribution towards to their fundraising and awareness raising campaign.

We all care about the environment no matter which side of the political spectrum we fall on. I value our wonderful native birds and trees and support organisations who want to protect and preserve them.

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