Forest & Bird's legal team outside the Supreme Court today. We are arguing that Minister Barry's decision to trade away public conservation land so it can be flooded by Ruataniwha Dam is illegal. The minister's lawyers are presenting their case in favour of allowing conservation land to be downgraded and destroyed today. Forest & Bird are likely to be up tomorrow. Caitlin
Couldn't quite get there in the Hamilton rain tonight against the Chiefs Rugby but fought to the end with second half tries to TJ Perenara and Julian Savea giving us a chance to snatch some points. No time to dwell on what might have been. Time to set our sights on the Pulse Energy Highlanders at Our House Westpac Stadium next Saturday. Read the full match report from Hamilton here: https://goo.gl/iwOXqt PHOTO: Getty Sport
To celebrate 25 years of supporting Starship Children’s Hospital, we’re aiming to raise $200,000 to help upgrade Starship’s Emergency Department. You can help by texting ‘Starship’ to 833 to give $3 or donate here: http://asb.co/2lKiXal
Another one of our region's stunning waterfalls, the Omaru Falls track is a gentle 30 min walk through bush surrounds and farmland to the lookout point with views of the 45m falls. Have you done this great short walk? https://goo.gl/XxRSAJ #WalkingWednesday Photo Credit: Carmen Huter
WATCH NOW! Tears were shed at the final reading and passing of a bill in Parliament today that legally recognises the Whanganui River as a living and indivisible entity with its own rights and innate values.
Happy International Women's Day! Sorry I can't offer you a more cheerful clip, but this is the Government's response to the gender pay gap. It strikes me that as employers, the government should be a much better role model - how bout we start with home care workers?
We're excited to visit Alexandra Primary School this Saturday with Project Crimson Trust to transform the school’s outdoor space with the planting of a kowhai grove and mini orchard! Make sure to pop by if you’re in the area. The school is the first of five receiving a $10,000 Treemendous School Makeover in 2017 thanks to the Mazda Foundation #Treemendous #MazdaFoundation #ProjectCrimson
What a way to start the weekend when we take on 2016 champions the Hurricanes this Friday night! Make sure you get your tickets for this massive game - both teams are unbeaten and there'll be thrilling match ups all across the field! Invite your friends and let's create a huge atmosphere 👍 #CHIvHUR BUY: http://bit.ly/chiefsvcanes
Our environment is in crisis and is being mismanaged. When the top international economic development agency says the same thing, the Government must listen to reason.
Three quarters of our native freshwater fish are heading for extinction, and none of them are legally protected. Ninety per cent of our wetlands have been destroyed, and two thirds of swimming spots in New Zealand have been deemed unsafe for swimming.
The OECD has identified that commercial water users are not paying society for the private benefit they get from nature’s clean water. It is recommending that irrigators and water bottlers should pay a resource rental for the water they use that could go back into maintaining and improving the quality of our rivers, lakes and ground water.
Just some thoughts to ponder regarding some negative feedback on the motorbike video from yesterday. As of right now this page has just clicked over 112000 followers, so it is a real art to provide a wide range of material that people like to see and engage with. As most of you will have realised by now a good amount of what we post is of a humorous nature involving real people doing real things that may include doing things they enjoy like being naked, drinking a stubbie through the vat hose or god forbid doing something on a motorbike in first gear. As we are mostly farmers ourselves, we know there is a big cross over with work and play time that mostly occurs on the farms we struggle to find the time to get away from, so after the work is done often having some fun with our workmates is the only social engagement we may get to have on a regular basis. The best thing about this is it brings the team closer together which also benefits everyones mental health also, you just never know which one of your workmates needs to let off some steam to stay sane or just to keep the black dog at bay. If this is unacceptable to you because its 'not professional' then honestly you probably need to take a good hard look at yourself, this land was built by people that live & breathe the quintessential Kiwi rural lifestyle of working hard & playing harder. In my humble opinion since depression & suicide is the greater issue than H&S compliance, then its of greater importance that we keep our sense of humour, remember to have fun, not take ourselves too seriously and push our limits to grow as a person.
If you're looking for a page with boring content and a lack of authentic grass roots farming culture thats by the people, for the people, then NZF probably isn't for you, and for everyone else we hope you keep enjoying the wide range of stuff we get sent.