Canterbury & South Island news:
Consultation: CCC Open Space Strategy for Christchurch and Banks Peninsula. How the Council plans to manage the provision of public open space for the next 30 years. The Draft Strategy is now out for consultation, and CCC is keen to hear communities’ views (due by 22 January). All the information can be found on the website: www.ccc. govt.nz/openspace. You can make a submission on the form available at all Service Centres, Libraries and Recreation centres, or online at: http://www.ccc.govt.nz/haveyoursay.
School to double community courses - flying in the face of major Government cutbacks. (2 December, The Press/Stuff).
River warnings for toxic algae: assume all waterways may have Phormidium present and check for obvious signs before swimming or letting dogs off the lead. (27 November, ECan).
Forum to explore social and environmental accounting: the eighth Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) takes place this weekend. (3 December, University of Canterbury).
Ellerslie designer asks NZers to help create 2010 garden: “What can we do to make the world a better place?”.
Edgeware pool site listed for tender on internet. (1 December, Stuff/The Press).
Banks Peninsula: Farmer wants weka on the menu. (3 December, Stuff/The Press).
Lincoln: 'No foul play' over breach on plants that tests show were genetically modified. MAF Biosecurity NZ is investigating the second possible breach in a year of strict GM containment rules by the Crown Research Institute. (3 December, Stuff/The Press).
Kaikoura: Whale watch fears effects of oil search. (2 December, The Press/Stuff).
Upper Moutere: F'N'Chipa's menu - features organic potatoes, spray-free tomatoes, fresh fish, organic batter and bread buns, and local produce. Gluten free and vegan sausages coming up. (2 December, Stuff/The Press).
Wairau River: Hydro plans akin to 'shooting the last tiger'. (2 December, Marlborough Express/Stuff).
Expert witness under scrutiny. TrustPower's proposed hydro scheme hearing. (26 November, Marlborough Express/Stuff).
Marlborough: Rabbit control 'inequitable'. Doesn't encourage effective management by farmers - MAF. (3 December, Marlborough Express/Stuff).
Marlborough: Fish company fined for poisoning workers. (3 December, Marlborough Express/Stuff).
Ashburton: Renowned bird conservation and education centre may be forced to close. (1 December, Ashburton Guardian).
Timaru coast: Ship drills for climate change secrets. (2 December, Timaru Herald/Stuff).
Timaru: Plea for South Canterbury to be more sustainable. (2 December, Timaru Herald/Stuff).
Lower Waitaki River: Fish & Game ponders setting up a salmon hatchery. (2 December, Timaru Herald/Stuff).
Otago: NZ's rarest fish being given a freshwater start. (3 December, Otago Daily Times).
Waipahi River, South Otago: River levels worry Fish & Game. (2 December, Otago Daily Times).
Queenstown: Fertiliser from people's poo option touted. Could be worth $200,000 a year. (3 December, Southland Times/Stuff).
North Island & national:
Key to attend Copenhagen climate change summit. (3 December, NZ Herald).
Massey University's Professor of Sustainable Energy: NZ climate policy is too weak. NZ's thinking on climate change lags far behind the rest of the world... Under the previous Labour-led government, NZ was seen as a world leader. (1 December, Manawatu Standard/Stuff).
Greens tip short life for ETS. (26 November, NBR).
Plant forests, create jobs, save climate - Launch of Greens' latest economic plan. (2 December, NZPA/Stuff).
Leaked report: recommends mining option for Mt Aspiring National Park. (1 December, NZ Herald).
Is mining compatible with managing conservation land areas? Readers' views. (1 December, NZ Herald).
NZ the 7th fattest country - latest obesity report from the World Health Organisation. (3 December, Dominion Post/Stuff).
New scheme aims to shield children from violence. Last year police dealt with 50,000 reports of family violence across the country. (3 December, NZ Herald).
Education: Standards delay for Maori schools. The Government's flagship national standards education policy will not be fully set up in Maori-language schools for three years, despite new figures showing Maori are far behind their Pakeha classmates. (2 December, Stuff/The Press).
Labour plans to scrap national education standards - Mallard. (3 December, The Press/Stuff).
Tasman migration hits te reo at home. Use of the Maori language increased in Australia but declined in New Zealand in the five years to 2006. (2 December, NZ Herald).
NZ scientists honoured with medals and awards: Annual RSNZ science awards. (18 November, RSNZ).
Auckland: What about the walkers? Take a hike you pesky walkers. Blueprint for the $1 billion a year Auckland Transport Agency unveiled. Brian Rudman. (27 November, NZ Herald).
Wellington: Plans to protect best of the region's scenery. The lifestyle property boom and big wind farm projects are about to be slapped with stringent controls. (3 December, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Wellington: Kids hang their hopes on climate change. New exhibition at Te Papa. (3 December, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Manawatu River: Farmers in pain for rivers' gain. (26 November, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Green groups seek urgent river clean up. (27 November, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Water fight begins at hearing. Many farmers are concerned the One Plan would limit their ability to apply fertiliser and fear it could lead to a cut in cow numbers, making their farms uneconomic. (2 December, Manawatu Standard/Stuff).
Foxton: Officiating Board chairman burns a photo of them, mixes the ashes with water and throws it ... but couple vow to continue green fight. (2 December, Manawatu Standard/Stuff).
Stratford, New Plymouth: Farm case widens protection - within the judge's decision a warning for anyone farming near conservation land. (27 November,Taranaki Daily News/Stuff).
New Plymouth: Kauri trees taking medicine. New treatment technique. (3 December, Taranaki Daily News/Stuff).
Coromandel: Board votes to ban 1080. (2 December, NZ Herald).
Never ending battle against plant pests. "The weed invasion of New Zealand has only just begun." NZ is host to at least 25,000 and possibly up to 40,000 exotic plant species and only 2500 indigenous species. (26 November, Taranaki News/Stuff).
Jeanette Fitzsimons launches website: Good farm stories. “There are great things going on and it’s time more of these good farm stories got told. Some farmers are proving that we can have a healthy farming sector and a healthy environment. Video clip introduction here. (1.40 min). (26 November, Greens.org.nz).
OURS on TV6: Emma Heke, creator of OURS dvd, a NZ nature documentary for young children, has made a television adaptation which will screen three times daily from 14 December 2009 to 18 April 2010 on TVNZ6 Freeview/Sky Digital 16. These will be 4 minute 'shorts' at 7.20am, 11.20am and 3.20pm. Visit www.oursdvd.co.nz for more details. An opportunity to get the message of conservation and sustainable living to ever more children.
Plea to protect longfin eels from fishing. (2 December, Dominion Post/Stuff).
Sign the petition: here. Campaign supported by Manaaki Tuna (Massey University Tuna Research and Restoration group), Forest & Bird, Greenpeace, Environment and Conservation Organizations (ECO), and a growing number of iwi groups. (source: Forest & Bird).
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