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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Environmental group ordered to help cover legal costs of Ohau couple – Joanne Holden, Timaru Herald

Ohau Protection Society has been ordered to pay $40,510 to Steve and Linda Simmons for costs incurred while defending their plan to develop their 20-hectare rural property at Lake Ohau. (File)

The couple want to build an 872sqm dwelling, 128spm implement shed, and associated facilities, and undergo necessary earthworks and vegetation clearance at the property….. What remained was OPS’s submission that introducing “clearly-evident buildings and domestication” to the land would disrupt the picturesque view from the cycle trail, the surface of Lake Ohau, and Glen Lyon Rd.

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