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Bird Of The Year Is Ready For Take Off!

Friday, 25 September 2020, 9:43 am | Forest And Bird

New Zealanders are getting ready to campaign and vote for their favorite native birds in the nation's most popular annual bird contest. Forest & Bird's Bird of the Year 2020 will spread its wings for lift off on 2 November 2020. Voting closes ... More >>

All Parties Urged To Match Green's Agricultural Policy

Saturday, 12 September 2020, 12:10 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird says the Green Party’s Farming for the Future policy, released today, is the kind of economic transformation all political parties should be offering as part of New Zealand’s COVID recovery. Forest & Bird has been calling ... More >>

Stewardship Land Is Conservation Land

Friday, 11 September 2020, 11:23 am | Forest And Bird

Following comments by the Prime Minister about the part of the public conservation estate known as stewardship land, Forest & Bird is rereleasing a report on value of conservation stewardship land, available here . Stewardship land is conservation ... More >>

New Protection For Mackenzie Drylands A Welcome Start

Saturday, 5 September 2020, 12:03 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is welcoming new protected areas as a starting point for improving protection of the Mackenzie Basin, but lamenting the vast areas which remain unprotected. "If you look at the map of Tū Te Rakiwhānoa Drylands , it's clear too much ... More >>

Cameras On Boats Must Now Happen

Friday, 4 September 2020, 11:55 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird welcomes this morning's announcement that the Government intends to put cameras on boats on over 300 commercial fishing boats, but warns that the industry and Government needs to get on with job.  The Fisheries Minister ... More >>

Nature Not Prioritised In National's Conservation Policy

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 5:05 pm | Forest And Bird

  Forest & Bird is urging the National Party to rethink many of its conservation policies, which will let pests run rampant on conservation land, allow grazing in precious high country areas supposed to protect native species, ... More >>

Parties Must Declare Stance On Mining On Conservation Land

Friday, 7 August 2020, 12:22 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling for all political parties to back an end to mining conservation land, after a permit was issued to mine the home of a critically-endangered native animal. This week Oceana Gold was granted a 40-year mining permit from the ... More >>

New Zealand Rivers Need Further Freshwater Improvements

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 4:48 pm | Forest And Bird

Most of our rivers, lakes, and wetlands have better protection from new freshwater rules announced today, but a few key omissions leave our fresh water at risk.  "This is better protection than our rivers have ever had, but it is still piecemeal, ... More >>

New Law Risks Ongoing High Country Loss

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 1:01 pm | Forest And Bird

A new Bill before Parliament needs to be strengthened before it can stop long-term biodiversity loss on New Zealand’s nationally-treasured high country landscapes, says Forest & Bird. The Crown Pastoral Land Reform Bill, due for its first ... More >>

Tarakihi Overfishing Goes To High Court

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 9:34 am | Forest And Bird

Fisheries NZ Minister Stuart Nash’s 2019 decision to allow East Coast tarakihi stocks to remain overfished for the next 25 years is not environmentally sustainable or legal, Forest & Bird will argue in the Wellington High Court from July ... More >>

National Park Plan Breaches Proper Process

Friday, 17 July 2020, 1:24 pm | Forest And Bird

  Forest & Bird and Federated Mountain Clubs are taking court action over management of Paparoa National Park. The judicial review filed in the High Court yesterday challenges a New Zealand Conservation Authority decision to approve the ... More >>

Too Many Tahr, High Court Says

Saturday, 11 July 2020, 4:38 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is pleased Friday’s High Court ruling on the introduced tahr population control is clear - Himalayan tahr must be reduced to 10,000 animals, removed entirely from National Parks, and the Department of Conservation (DOC) can ... More >>

Forest & Bird Supports Primary Sector Vision

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 1:02 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird welcomes a new sustainable vision for the primary sector, but says it needs to be backed up with strong rules, meaningful support, and a change of attitude from industry laggards. The Government has released a report outlining ... More >>

Loopholes Remain In Māui And Hector's Dolphin Protection

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 3:44 pm | Forest And Bird

The Government has listened to public demands to save Māui and Hector’s dolphins, but loopholes remain in the Threat Management Plan announced today. Forest & Bird is welcoming significantly greater restrictions on fishing methods that threaten ... More >>

Court action over legality of tahr plan

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 9:47 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is seeking a declaration from the High Court that an operational plan to control tahr is illegal, and fails to meet the requirements for national parks and wilderness areas. More >>

Fast-track Bill Must Protect Nature

Monday, 22 June 2020, 4:48 pm | Forest And Bird

Without change, the RMA fast-track bill will sacrifice environmental protection to speed up projects which may not even help with the economic recovery, Forest & Bird told the Environment Select Committee today. However, the organisation says ... More >>

Drinking Water At Risk As High Pollution Levels Revealed

Sunday, 21 June 2020, 5:03 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling on the Government to reinstate a freshwater nitrogen limit of 1.0 mg/l into its proposed freshwater reforms, after the organisation obtained alarming readings of nitrate-nitrogen in public drinking water supplies. See the ... More >>

Auckland Budget: Nature Will Suffer

Thursday, 11 June 2020, 2:19 pm | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird is calling on Aucklanders to tell their council to reinstate protection for nature in this year’s budget. The Council’s ‘Emergency Budget’ more than halves the Environmental Services capital expenditure budget dropping support ... More >>

New Goal Of Zero Seabird Deaths On Fishing Boats

Wednesday, 27 May 2020, 2:50 pm | Forest And Bird

The new National Action Plan for protecting seabirds from commercial fishing hooks and nets has made a big leap forward, with a new goal of reducing seabird deaths to zero. However, Forest & Bird is warning that without cameras on boats ... More >>

MBIE Secrecy Not How Democracy Should Function

Friday, 22 May 2020, 8:43 am | Forest And Bird

Forest & Bird has laid an urgent complaint with the Chief Ombudsman, after MBIE officials took 30 days to refuse a request to release information on how the decisions are being weighted on nearly 2000 ‘shovel-ready’ project proposals. ... More >>