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August 2006 Manawatu, Royal Forest and Bird Protecton Society Newsletter

August 2006 Manawatu, Royal Forest and Bird Protecton Society Newsletter

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Manawatu Forest & Bird:
connecting people with nature
Your new Regionalevents
 is enclosed, wehope you joinmany of the funtrips, branchnights, and workparties!
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Plans for Turitea Reserve threaten an industrial-scalecommercialization, fragmenting 1,600 hectares of nativeforestlands. Forest & Bird is 100% in favour of all appro-priate renewable energy projects, but we say “keep wind-farms on farms, and out of the biodiversity reserves!”~ details inside
AotearoaEnvironmentalFilm Festival
14—17 SeptemberThe Globe TheatrePalmerston Northdetails insidewww.aeff.org.nz
Page 2Issue 17
Your Manawatu Branch UpdateYour Manawatu Branch UpdateYour Manawatu Branch UpdateYour Manawatu Branch Update
Winter ~ nature slows; if only to catch breath for spring’s triumph. We of Forest & Bird are lookingforward to a spring season rich with nature’s won-der. A warm welcome to new members of the Soci-ety, we are glad you have chosen to join the coun-try’s leading conservation team!Being now four months wearing the chairperson’shat, I am pleasantly surprised at how busy and di-verse a group we are, each going about savoringand saving NZ’s natural heritage in our own way.Keep up the good work!
~ Recent Highlights ~
Celebration :: Team Te One Wins Award
 Team Te One (pronounced ‘tae ohnee’), led bySally Pearce and comprised largely of Rangitikeiand Manawatu Forest & Bird members, was nomi-nated by Margi Mitcalfe into the Weedbusters com-petition run by DoC, MfE, and every other NZagency under the sun. And WE WON!!! Top prizein Horizons region for projects on private land. Ahugely rewarding note of recognition for all the goodwork Sally and those before her have organised.From the chair, thanks to Sally for leading, Margi for nominating, and the entire team for their steadyhelp. The project has bounded ahead, and we for-ward to another good season there.
Challenge :: Industrial-Scale windfarm pro-posed in Turitea Reserve
Being slickly sold to thecommunity as an eco-park; we face the proposedtransfer of 60% (16 km
) of our biodiversity-rich Wa-ter Supply Catchment to the control of Mighty River Power for windfarm development, complete withmulti-lane roads, etc.Forest & Bird is 100% in favour of all appropriaterenewable energy projects. This project is not ap-propriate. A survey of Branch members in whichmany of you participated indicated >90% oppositionto the proposal to site a major windfarm in the re-serve. The survey result also clearly shows that our highest collective priority is biodiversity, followedclearly by natural landscapes. This proposal putsboth these values at risk in the Turitea Reserve.In addition to a real chance at fouling the nest of our city’s water supply, it is frustrating to see our cityfund most projects purely from rates (e.g. theSquare, our lovely Ring Road Raceway, etc.), butwhen it comes to outdoor recreation, they join handswith corporate greed to hold habitat at ransom. “NoWindfarm = No EcoPark” is our council’s mantra.What truly Neolithic priorities. Forest & Bird is chal-lenging this ill-conceived industrial plan, and will doso at every opportunity granted and created. Weseek your support. Please make a submission toPNCC on the issue (before 4 September), and raisethe public’s awareness by writing to your local pa-per.Don’t live in Palmy? Turitea still needs your help.The proposal sets a death-drop precedent in termsof industrialization of the conservation estate. Assuch it is an issue of national significance, and re-quires widespread resistance.
Cinema :: Aotearoa Environmental FilmFestival
It is with some pride that we welcome theFestival’s return to the Globe Theatre in PalmerstonNorth, stronger than ever and poised to be a genu-ine forum for environmental advocacy and educa-tion in the broadest sense. I trust you will supportthe Festival, and find attending a rewarding experi-ence. Dates are 14—17 September. It is the onlyevent of its kind in New Zealand, and has a greatfuture based in Palmerston North, so long as thecommunity supports it.
F&B Events Programme ::
Enclosed you willhave found a trip card full of highlights, including atrip through to the National Aquarium (Napier) inSeptember, and the Opening of the Manawatu Estu-ary as a Ramsar Wetland of International Signifi-cance in the middle of October. Peruse, join, enjoy.
Sealions Petition ::
One Jo McVeagh (but notthe one chained to a bottom trawler in Nelson) setup an excellent display in the Palmerston North CityLibrary to garner signatories to the popular F&B pe-tition to stop the needless death of our endemicsealions. Once widespread, the sealions are nowrestricted to a few tiny strongholds in our sub-Antarctic Islands. The petition urges the govern-ment to switch the industry rules re: sealion by-kill topromote a move away from favouring their archaictrawl nets; and into the global best-practice jiggingtechnologies currently available. Get along to signthe petition online at www.forestandbird.org.nz. If you would like to host the petition display in another library or public area before October, ring Jo on 3566054.
Brent Barrett 
, ChairpersonManawatu Branch of Forest & Bird
With 16 square kilometres of biodiversity reserve at risk, your submission is vital. This is your guide to the issues, written byDonald Kerr, our Branch Advo-cacy Coordinator.The Turitea Ecopark proposal isthe most significant conservationissue in our region for manyyears. At first glance, renewableenergy and biodiversity fundinglooks good, but what is there adevil in the detail?Turitea Water Reserve currentlyhas two purposes – water supplyand protection of indigenous floraand fauna. Adding a third purposeto the reserve – renewable elec-tricity generation – would allowbulldozed tracks through 60 % of the reserve and windmills visibledown virtually every south facingroad (Fitzherbert Ave and everyparallel road).Palmerston North City Councilhas a history of under-funding lo-cal biodiversity reserves under itscontrol (recently stated in its 10year plan).As a result, in the 100 yearsthat PNCC has managed the wa-ter reserve, the high altitudenorthern rata and kamahi foresthas totally collapsed due largelyto possum browse.But won’t the windfarm moneyhelp the reserve? PNCC prom-ised spending money on reservesafter selling its Railway Land re-serve – in the Green for Greenpolicy. It subsequently decidedthat no extra spending was re-quired. PN struggles with an in-creasing rates’ burden. $1 millionextra income is something thatcouncil – who are also judge and jury in this decision – are unlikelyto refuse. Unless you tell them.Your submission is vital.The council’s consultation docu-ment is at www.pncc.govt.nz, or by request at the PNCC customer service centre.Key points for your submission.
Reject adding a third purpose(Renewable Electricity Genera-tion) to the reserve.
The change from a reservefunctioning to protect forest andbirds, to a reserve which has bull-dozed tracks and windmills as apurpose, is unacceptable.
Renewable electricity genera-tion is hardly a “local purpose”.
A decision would be unin-formed without any details of thewindfarm.A fourth “purpose” of the re-serve – dominating the landscapeto the south of the city – is ig-nored.There is a better way, an alter-native way that PNCC could useto allow a limited windfarm withinthe reserve, by allowing ease-ments within the current purposesof the reserve. This would ensureprotection of indigenous flora andfauna, and stop bulldozing newtracks through the reserve. Itwould also give the Minister of ((continued next page))
Turitea Decision Time
Page 3Issue 17
Proposed changes to managementinclude permission to drown thisshoreline forest
Turitea Reserve :: Habitat at Risk. Lets keep windfarms onfarms, and out of biodiversity reserves! City proposal is tolease 100% of the land above the red contour line to MightyRiver Power for windfarm development.

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