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Joint Statement on Proposed Reforms to Resource Management Act

Ecologic Foundation Fish and Game NZ Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc. Major environmental and recreation organisations are deeply concerned about key features of the proposed reforms to the Resource Management Act announced today. Speaking together with Fish & Game and Forest & Bird, Ecologic’s Guy Salmon said that the proposals […]

Sam Judd: Easy resolutions for the planet

Basket of fresh veggies

Source: NZH, Photo by Liesl ♥ Resolution 1: Use it again, Sam Many people out there think that just recycling is enough to do their bit in the battle against waste. Most recycling is inefficient and only about 20% of what can be recycled actually is. Re-usable products are far better and you can start […]

Sam Judd: Top ten eco-friendly gifts

The onslaught of hurried shoppers spending a heap of their hard-earned cash on unnecessary gifts that are invariably wrapped in single use plastic is about to ensue. It doesn’t have to be that way. Check out my top ten gift ideas that are both easy on your wallet and easy on the planet. Read the […]

How do you know if a brand’s ethical claims are fair?

Fairtrade on branding ethics

Check out this clever and informative page on the Fairtrade website looking at the issue of branding and labelling.

NZ tops British holiday destination survey

Beach at Kaiteriteri Nelson, New Zealand

New Zealand is the best holiday spot in the world, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. Aotearoa edged out the stunning Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean and also South Africa to be voted best destination in a poll of 17,000 readers. Tourism New Zealand chief executive Kevin Bowler said the accolade was a huge […]

Study on Manuka honey divides experts

Jar of Honey

More than half the brands of manuka honey tested in a recent university experiment did not match the pollen count promised to shoppers on the label.

Alliance calls for urgent ban on shark finning

Matt Watson at Kelly Tarlton's with NZSA message

The ITM Fishing Show host Matt Watson says shark finning is a disgusting practice and is calling on the government to ban the practice in New Zealand.

Dole faces pressure over Ethical Choice brand

Dole's controversial 'ethical choice' labelling

Source: Company accused of seeking to “escape scrutiny and potential challenge” by trademarking own version of Fair Trade label A number of reports in New Zealand have claimed that fresh produce group Dole Asia Fresh Produce – recently sold by US multinational Dole Food Company to Japanese firm Itochu Corp – has lodged a […]

NZ falcon wins Bird of the Year


The New Zealand falcon (karearea) has been crowned Bird of the Year in Forest & Bird’s eighth annual poll. This year 10,292 votes were cast in this fiercely contested poll, with the karearea snatching 1261 votes in total, followed by the kokako (965) and the ruru (663). “The karearea is a bird that’s most worthy […]

UC Researcher: Too many eco-labels ‘green washing’ products

Pavel Castka UC profile

A Canterbury University researcher is slamming consumer goods companies for green-washing supermarket shelf items with a flood of eco-labels.

Bird of the Year poll open

Forest and Bird logo - giving nature a voice

TV personality Te Radar, comedian Raybon Kan and actress Jennifer Ward-Lealand will be championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year poll, which kicks off today

Organic Farming Course – Nelson & Marlborough – March 2013

Exciting opportunity for self-directed learning of organic farming offered by the acclaimed Biological Husbandry Unit / Lincoln