Forest and Bird

Environment Court gives powers to councils, government wants them back

via Astrolabe Reef


A landmark court ruling which allows councils to place restrictions on fishing is being challenged by the Government.

The Environment Court ruled in December that councils were able to impose fishing rules in their regions for the purpose of protecting native species. It was hailed at the time as a “very important” decision by environmental group Forest and Bird, who said it could be applied by councils across the country. Read more »

Toodle pip Kevin. Enjoy the good life at Forest and Bird

The third-ranked Greenie will give his valedictory speech in the debating chamber at around 5:30pm before a shindig at the Green Party headquarters at Bowen House.

He quit earlier this month after being shoulder-tapped to be the new chief executive of Forest and Bird.

Mr Hague says he has mixed feelings about leaving politics, especially without having the chance to be in Government.

“We’re in politics because we believe in a vision, and so every day that takes us further away from that vision is one more blow. Eight years of daily blows is pretty tough.”

He’s held a raft of different portfolios over the years, his most recent being conservation, health and rainbow issues. Read more »

Green Party: Trougher in, trougher out as Kevin Hague resigns


Mr Hague has announced he will be taking up the role of chief executive of environmental organisation Forest and Bird.

He has been a Green MP since 2008, and is currently the party’s spokesperson on health, conservation and rainbow (LGBT) issues. Read more »

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.

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Apparently in New Zealand, fraud is to be admired



Forest & Bird, which runs the annual competition, says it has been “rocked by scandal” after hundreds of fraudulent votes were made overnight.

“Someone has used fake email addresses to vote over 200 times for the kokako, briefly getting it to first place,” contest co-ordinator Kimberley Collins said.

Even the team backing the bird was dismayed at the cheating. Read more »

Will the Green Taliban ever be part of a coalition government?


I don’t think so. ?They are petulant and self righteous, and expect way too much in return for their actual support base.

What about Labour and the Greens, eh? Can’t live together, can’t live apart.

Just how the two parties can co-habit on the Left has been one of the longest-running conundrums since MMP was a pup.

How can they turn being allies – or is that just very good friends – into benefits for both? And how can they draw the line between potential co-operation in government and competition for votes?

And then there have been the parties playing gooseberry: once upon a time United Future; ever and always New Zealand First.

As centre parties camped on the fulcrum of power they have been able to force the Greens out of government, when Labour has been in power, leaving them no option but to grimace and bear it.

The real problem for Labour is that it needs to position itself as partnering with Winston instead of the Greens, because not enough voters like the idea of the Green Taliban getting near the levers of power on the back of a Labour vote.

A vote for Labour is a vote for a Labour Green government. ?And how much did the voters run away from that? ? ?Last time, they did it in unprecedented numbers.

Instead of learning from this, the Greens are even more self-righteous! Read more »

John Roughan: Nature, business and the RMA

Let me ask this. Is the protection of New Zealand’s natural environment more important than its economic development? Or are they equally important?

I know, too easy.

So try this. Must they be given equal consideration under the law that governs almost everything New Zealand industry can do?

I had assumed so, too. The vast majority of us, I suspect, have supposed the Resource Management Act, for all its drawn-out procedures, allowed economic benefits to be weighed against environmental costs.

Not so. That became evident last year when the Government tried to write economic considerations into the act. An outcry erupted from non-government organisations. It came not just from the extremes of Greenpeace but from reasonable voices such as Gary Taylor’s Environmental Defence Society and the Fish and Game Council.

The “father” of the RMA, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, weighed in with a warning that to give equal standing to economic development would upset nearly 25 years of case law under the act.

By implication, and sometimes admission, they told us environmental arguments could not compete with economic gains if they were given equal consideration.

I’m not sure that’s true. ? There is a balance to everything. ? The problem is that the balance is currently way too far towards preservation at all costs. ? As with most things in life, positions on the extreme ends carry a high opportunity cost. ? Read more »

I will bet you a bazillion carbon credits that he ain’t coming and going by kayak

The sanctimonious and hypocritical Greens are up to it?again.

This time they have chosen a Nelson Candidate imported porridge wog who “commutes” to a job?at Parliament in Wellington (He’s an IT trainer).

A 37-year-old single Scot who lost his heart to the region is the Green Party’s last-minute candidate for the Nelson seat, and says he will campaign “very hard”.

Colin Robertson has stepped up after the party dumped its first choice, Aaryn Barlow, over the way he left his job at the Nelson Environment Centre. His selection was confirmed on Monday night, two months after Barlow stood aside.

Robertson told the Nelson Mail his first choice to replace Barlow was someone else “but because of her young family she wasn’t so keen, so I decided I’d be a good fit and could serve well”. ? Read more »

Forest and Bird hypocrisy


Forest & Bird logic at its finest:

So let me get this clear. ?Forest and Bird continue to block the Escarpment mine but want the government to subsidise the broken Springcreek mine to save the Coasters’ jobs… and it is all the fault of the government.

Hmmm… if the Coasters had somewhere else to work, a more profitable mine, then isn’t it likely they would choose to work there? ?Do Forest and Bird really think that Coasters will appreciate Forest & Bird’s continued objection to a new employer being set up on the Coast? ?The Government isn’t standing in the way of the Bathurst project – Forest & Bird are.

This is the sort of silly environmentalism that regional economies can’t handle.

Steven Joyce is right:

?The Escarpment Mine is an open cast mining project that is ready to go and would provide 225 jobs and incomes for workers and their families on the West Coast straight away,? .

?The developer is being held up from opening the Escarpment Mine by on-going litigation that has gone through the Environment Court, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

?These on-going objections are to resource consents which were granted more than a year ago. The whole consenting process for this development has now taken a staggering seven years.

?I call on those objectors to the mine to reconsider their appeals and consider the economic future of the West Coast and its people.

?I also call on the EPMU, Labour and the Greens to join my call and back the West Coast community by supporting the immediate development of the Escarpment Mine.

The Opposition and unions are too busy playing politics to really care about the well-being of Coasters. ?There is a perfectly viable opportunity on their doorstep. ?Governments should never subsidise job creation schemes as Labour and the Greens would like – especially when there is a perfectly suitable private company willing to set up shop and provide real jobs.