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RNZ Navy chopper joins wilding pines fight in South Canterbury high country – Mathew Littlewood, Timaru Herald

A moderate to dense infestation of wilding pines at Tekapo East in the Mackenzie Basin.

A moderate to dense infestation of wilding pines at Tekapo East in the Mackenzie Basin.  The Royal New Zealand Navy Seasprite helicopter has surveyed about 400,000 hectares of tussock land in the Mackenzie Basin, Albury Range and the upper Waitaki River catchment as part of a combined project that aims to combat the spread of the invasive plant pest.

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Trout Anglers Advocacy Opposes Mackenzie Basin Dairying – Media Release, NZFFA

A nation-wide trout and rivers advocacy organisation has backed the Environmental Defence Society in its fight to save the Mackenzie Basin’s ecological values from the threat of wholesale irrigation and large scale dairy conversions. The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers’ president Graham Carter said the underlying principle was about the short-sightedness and folly of allowing dairying expansion in low rainfall areas such as the Mackenzie Basin.

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EDS joins High Court appeal on Simons Pass Station dairy conversion – EDS media release

The Environmental Defence Society (EDS) is applying to the High Court to join an appeal brought by Simons Pass Station Ltd against Mackenzie District Council.                                   The appeal seeks to overturn Environment Court declarations that mean discretionary land use consents will be required before dairy expansion can occur on the property.

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I worked on David Attenborough’s documentary – Liv Grant, The Guardian

We live in a time of loss. Wild places dwindle, the animals and plants that live in them disappear. Climate change is now a certainty, and it will without a doubt lead to the loss of land, species, and ways of life. In the abstract this is disconcerting. Up close it is devastating. I worked on the BBC’s Climate Change: The Facts, presented by David Attenborough, and have felt this pain first-hand.

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