Sweeping change to stop biodiversity crisis – Farah Hancock, Newsroom

It’s believed a Canterbury farmer destroyed a third of New Zealand’s population of muehlenbeckia astonii shrub when he cleared land on Kaitorete Spit for grazing. Photo: supplied.

Described as a “breakthrough” and a “game-changer”, a draft report aimed at halting New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis calls for sweeping measures covering conservation and private land.

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Mike Joy welcomes swimmable rivers across NZ pledge – RNZ Morning Report

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A new government plan is aiming at healthy, swimmable rivers and lakes throughout the country within five years. Environment Minister David Parker released a blueprint for improving water quality yesterday. Freshwater ecologist Dr Mike Joy has been a strong critic of the country’s water quality. Now he is a member of the new science and technical advisory group announced along with the plan yesterday. He talks to Guyon Espiner.

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DOC spends thousands investigating scientist – Newsroom, David Williams

The Department of Conservation has spent more than $20,000 on external consultants in the case of a scientist who was suspended after photos he sent to conservation groups were passed to the media……..

As revealed by Newsroom in July, Christchurch-based ecologist Nick Head was suspended after photos of work on an irrigation pipeline he sent to conservation groups Environmental Defence Society and Forest & Bird were then sent to the media.

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