The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is fighting a High Court appeal by Simons Pass Station Ltd regarding the consenting pathway for further expansion of intensive dairying in the Mackenzie Country.
“The appeal brought by Simons Pass Station Ltd is seeking to overturn an Environment Court decision that granted declarations sought by Mackenzie District Council as to the correct activity status for agricultural conversion consents on the property,” said EDS CEO Gary Taylor.
Wilding pines near Lake Pukaki in the Mackenzie basin.
This species is only found in the Mackenzie Basin, which is a national hotspot for this whole genus.
OPINION: The clock is ticking down to the Government’s long-awaited decisions on water policy.
Is the Labour-led coalition going to fail New Zealanders on fresh water, as every previous Government has done? Or will it make history, listening to the public and putting our country on the path to healthy, swimmable rivers as promised in 2017?
A much-delayed project to better protect the Mackenzie Basin’s stunning landscapes and bolster biodiversity has a new boss.
DOC ecologist Brian Rance in the Ben Ohau Range on Tuesday.
The Department of Conservation and hunters have culled more than 12,000 tahr in its “feral range” in the Southern Alps since July, but there is still much work to do.
Regional councils and farmers are doing the best they can but it’s expensive to control wallabies and they really need central Government to step up to the plate.
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Overseas investors who bought three large chunks of land in Twizel have been ordered to sell because they didn’t get permission from the Overseas Investment Office to buy it.
Otago University PhD student Nick Foster began tracking and monitoring hedgehog behaviour in the basin, particularly in the alpine zones, in late January.
Day-old kaki chick at DOC captive breeding centre, Twizel Photo: Liz Brown, DoC
Being the rarest wading bird in the world isn’t really something to be proud of. When you are down to your last 23 birds it’s pretty clear that a serious intervention is needed. Kakī (black stilts) have been intensively managed since 1981 when their population declined to that “practically extinct” level. A captive breeding centre was set up near Twizel in the Mackenzie Basin to protect remaining birds from predators and boost breeding success.