Forest & Bird
02/26/2017 at 09:18. Facebook
Monday the 27th of Feb - Forest & Bird will be in the Supreme Court arguing that NZ's conservation land belongs to all of us, and shouldn't be traded away and destroyed by business interests. Our opponent? The Minister of Conservation. Alongside her lawyers will be the Ruataniwha Dam company - who want to destroy part of Ruahine Forest Park and the Makaroro river in Hawkes Bay to build NZ's...
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02/24/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
Over the last few years Forest & Bird has had to respond to a disturbing new trend of specially protected public conservation areas being exploited for private development. Despite winning in the court of appeals last year, Forest & Bird will be facing the Minister of Conservation in the Supreme Court to defend 22 hectares of specially protected conservation land from being downgraded. ...
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Nature is not for sale

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“A river that by today’s rules would be described as only wadable will be defined as swimmable under the government's new standards.” Kevin Hague spoke to Checkpoint with John Campbell about the government's new water standards, which reclassify "swimmable" and increase the risk of getting sick while swimming a river 5-fold. Kimberley

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Environmentalists condemn new water quality standards

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Forest & Bird
02/23/2017 at 02:09. Facebook
The government has just announced its new water quality standards and it's not good news. They don't require any improvement to our water quality, except for the very worst rivers. This will lock in current levels of pollution and increase the risk of getting sick from swimming in a river 5-fold. Until now, the standard for our cleanest rivers allowed a one in a hundred chance of getting sick....
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02/21/2017 at 04:04. Facebook
A new study from The University of Auckland shows that kea could be as smart as chimps, elephants and children. Birds were separated and challenged to work together for food. If they both pulled a string, food would come close enough to eat; if only one bird did, neither would get their treat. Scientists think it's just the beginning in terms of understanding how intelligent the birds are....
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Kea show smarts like chimps, elephants and children

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Forest & Bird
02/21/2017 at 02:55. Facebook
Check out these yellow-eyed penguins (hoiho) taking a dip at Penguin Place - conservation reserve. They're currently caring for 26 birds, including 14 chicks, 10 juveniles, and two adults. What a great way to cool off! Kimberley
Forest & Bird
02/19/2017 at 23:00. Facebook
Critical habitat for some of Auckland’s most threatened native animals is being destroyed as the government uses the housing crisis to circumvent democratic processes. Forest & Bird will be opposing the Point England Development Enabling Bill at a hearing today. The area is home to up to 90% of the remaining native shorebirds in the Tamaki Estuary. If allowed to go ahead, the new legislation...
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02/19/2017 at 20:03. Facebook
What adventures did you have in nature this weekend? I went out with the South Canterbury branch of Forest & Bird to check out Wattie Bush, a privately owned bush with massive podocarp trees. This totara was so big it had a person-sized tunnel through its roots (which I had to crawl through). Kimberley
A big thank you to Health Pak NZ Ltd and Flox for helping to raise funds and awareness - making sure no more birds face the fate of the huia. Jess

HealthPak and Forest & Bird Partner with Kiwi Artist Flox

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A new survey about people’s perceptions of the environment was released today. It shows New Zealanders still think our environment is in a good state but are becoming increasingly concerned about how the farming and fishing industries are affecting nature. When asked about the most important environmental issue facing New Zealand, the top response was fresh water, followed by agricultural...
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Water, agriculture and climate change are top environmental issues for New Zealanders

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2016 was the hottest year on record for New Zealand, with record or near-record breaking temperatures for many locations. Across the country, it is causing drougts. And with droughts, come fire. Even before the outbreaks on the Port Hills near Christchurch this week, rural fire crews had been besieged with scrub and grass fires this summer, some destroying large areas and property. This is the...
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Adelia Hallett: Droughts, fire caused by climate change harm native species too - Opinion - NZ Herald News

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Do you want to be part of a growing community that’s helping to bring native birds back to Auckland? Yesterday over 100 people attended this event for North-West Wildlink, which is creating a safe wildlife corridor from the Hauraki Gulf Islands to the Waitakeres. The vision is simple - to connect nature and communities so the corridor overflows with native birds. And the actions are simple too...
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Leaf litter is the most amazing insulating layer on the forest floor. It's full of bugs and seeds and fungi that keeps moisture in the forest ecosystem. But in parts of Northland where possums are rampant and the forests are collapsing, the leaf litter has thinned out because possums eat the new buds and leaves before they can drop to the ground. Over summer, when drought hits, thin leaf...
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Hearings on a seabed mining application off the coast of Taranaki have started. If successful, it could have huge environmental impacts, plus damage New Zealand's "clean green" reputation and tourist industry. The ocean floor supports a wide range of organisms - plants, shellfish, worms and crustaceans that are a crucial link in the complex marine food web. It's also an important blue whale...
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EPA hearing opens on massive Taranaki iron sands project

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The drought in Northland is causing a shortage of food and forcing kiwi, which are usually nocturnal, out to forage in broad daylight. The ground is harder than usual so birds struggle to get their beaks into the soil and must continue their search for food in the daytime. Kimberley

Drought forces Northland kiwi out during daylight - Northern Advocate - Northern Advocate News

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“You should leave them a bequest if you care at all about the environment!” Wise words from Edna in Roger Hall's latest play about growing old disgracefully in an upmarket retirement village. Her character tells a friend to include a gift to Forest & Bird in their will and it's no wonder since Roger has been a member of Forest & Bird for over 20 years! You still have time to see Last Legs -...
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» Last Legs – 2017 return season!

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There's a sad story behind this cute photo. The New Zealand sea lion has the same Nationally Critical status as Sirocco Kākāpō and could be virtually extinct in two decades if current trends continue. The main preventable threat to Auckland Island sea-lions is nursing females being killed or injured in trawl nets or so-called sea lion exclusion devices (SLEDs). The fishing industry claims the...
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Great Barrier Island’s Mount Hobson (Hirakimata) stands 621 metres tall and is home to the largest breeding colony of black petrel (taiko) in the world. Ecologist Rachel Hufton shares her experience monitoring their populations. Kimberley

Monitoring black petrels on Great Barrier Island – Forest & Bird

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WELLINGTON: Join Kiwis Against Seabed Mining for hearings on a seabed mining application off the coast of Taranaki. Our ocean floor supports a wide range of organisms - plants, shellfish, worms and crustaceans that are a crucial link in the complex marine food web. If Trans-Tasman Resources are allowed to mine iron ore from the seabed, these creatures - and the ecosystem they support - could...
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Seabed mining hearings open: show our opposition

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Buller District Council has approved access for an open cast coal mine to be developed on public land near Westport. The mine would remove the top of an intact forested mountain, home to great spotted kiwi, fernbirds and geckos. Once again, our public land and natural heritage is up for grabs - to be turned over to developers for private gain. We already lost Stockton and Denniston to the coal...
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