As visitor numbers explode in the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park, the acting chairman of the Canterbury Aoraki Conservation Board is querying whether the national park should be extended.
Turqouise lakes and tawny tussocks draw more than a million tourists to the South Island’s Mackenzie Basin each year. But many believe irrigation-fuelled intensive farming – on former Crown-owned leases, often, within easy view of the highway – is ruining landscapes and sending mixed messages to turn tourists off.
New Zealand has too many cows for a pasture-based system. Having intensified and overstocked areas suitable for dairying (Taranaki, Waikato), farmers have relentlessly expanded into completely unsuitable areas (Canterbury, the Mackenzie Country, Southland)
Land Information New Zealand has been pulling up its socks since the Government changed two years ago.
One-hundred-and-thirty of the world’s smallest and rarest wading bird are being released into the Mackenzie Basin this week, off the back of a major trapping programme.
Mr Robson said as an individual – just a citizen of New Zealand, he had seen some things he felt he could not walk past. “The animal welfare issues, I don’t know how anybody could see that and just turn a blind eye. And the huge loads of pollution into our waterways and estuaries and coastal environment, if you think you can do something about it then you should.”
Wanaka-based volunteer Anne Steven joined others for two days to help with the clean-up job.
A US study has found 2300 to 12,594 nitrate-attributable cancer cases annually in the country, of which 54-82 percent are colorectal cancer cases.
Nitrates get into the water supply through the use of fertiliser and effluent from farm animals, and because it is a highly soluble chemical and not removed by normal filtration it can seep deep into aquifers.