A storm erupted in December over a new walking track on the western side of Te Mata o Rongokako / Te Mata Peak in Havelock North, overlooking the Tuki Tuki river valley. Craggy Range winery successfully applied to Hastings District Council (HDC) for a consent to build this track, and reportedly paid $300,000 for track… Continue reading What’s in a track?
What is Forest & Bird Youth? Forest & Bird Youth is a new division of Forest & Bird tailored specifically for high school and university students. It’s for those that have grown out of KCC and are looking for the next challenge and those new to Forest & Bird who are passionate about conservation and… Continue reading Interview with Connor Wallace: Forest & Bird Youth
The Forest and Bird ‘Ratpack’ team has joined forces with other Shoal Bay community members to monitor a total of eight bait lines and will soon add a ninth. This was originally funded as part of the North-West Wildlink Assistance programme by the Devonport and Takapuna Community Board in 2016. We have a vision of… Continue reading Shoal Bay Report
Nature is in Crisis A Vote for the Environment – Defending Nature As we make our way towards the election we are increasingly subjected to confusing bickering and accusations from all parties. However, if we stick to our priorities and vote for our environment, we will be doing the best for Aotearoa and the generations… Continue reading Vote for Nature
The battle to protect land surrounding the Okura Estuary from urbanisation has been a thirty-year struggle by successive councils and community groups. Two exhaustive Environment Court hearings have seen the requests of developers rejected. Just last year an almost unanimous vote by Auckland Councillors also rejected the latest developer’s urbanisation plan. The developer, however, appealed this decision, so Long Bay –… Continue reading Help Save Okura
Forest & Bird (F&B) recently withdrew from the Land & Water Forum (LWF) after 9 years hard slog working with all sectors, including the polluters, to try to improve the ecological health of our rivers. The need is clear – our freshwater fish are in steep decline and many of our rivers are unsafe to… Continue reading What’s up with our water?
New Zealand’s Environmental Commissioner, Dr Jan Wright, warns that climate change is the ‘most serious environmental issue’ we face. ‘It will impact on the health of our sea, land, and freshwater, our unique and precious biodiversity and our economy.’ A paper published by the Department of Conservation (DOC) on the ‘Potential Effects of Climate Change on… Continue reading Climate policy goals – international/national focus