Māori push for pandemic stimulus spend to save ancestral forest

Māori push for pandemic stimulus spend to save Raukūmara Forest

Two Māoriiwi, or tribal groups, are campaigning for a portion of the New Zealand government’s new COVID-19 economic stimulus package to help save their treasured, ancestral Raukūmara Forest from being overrun by introduced pests. The Raukūmaras stretch across around 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres) of national park and private land along the North Island’s East Cape. […]

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New Zealand bans swimming with bottlenose dolphins after numbers plunge

The New Zealand government has banned tourists from swimming with bottlenose dolphins in an attempt to save the struggling species. According to the department of conservation [DoC] research has shown that humans were “loving the dolphins too much” and human interaction was “having a significant impact on the population’s resting and feeding behaviour”. The ban […]

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New Zealand Bans Swimming With Dolphins in Bay of Islands Region After Population Decline

Swimming with dolphins in the open ocean might seem like a much better activity to pay for and support than swimming with dolphins in captivity, but the truth is that either way, dolphins are negatively affected. Many people don’t realize that swimming with dolphins in the ocean disrupts their routine and causes changes in their […]

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“Part of something bigger”: the social movement around New Zealand’s Predator-Free 2050 goal

In Whāingaroa/Raglan on New Zealand’s (NZ’s) west coast, trapping for introduced mammals that prey on endangered native birds is something of a competitive sport. Karioi Project, a local conservation NGO named after the bushclad volcano that backs the small surf town and houses a significant population of endemic oi (grey-faced petrels, Pterodroma gouldi), has established […]

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