Forest & Bird Magazine

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In the Autumn 2017 Issue

Forest & Bird is taking legal action to stop an opencast mine at Te Kuha, an untamed natural wilderness on the West Coast. The proposed 100ha site (pictured on the cover) has high ecological values and will be visible from Wesport and the Lower Buller Gorge, a popular tourist route. We ask why publicly owned water conservation land with high ecological values is being sold off to a private mining company.

Our Big Read story looks at the ground-breaking Te Awa Tupua legislation that makes the Whanganui River a legal person in its own right. Do Pākehā conservationists need to adjust their way of thinking in the light of this new framework? We also find out what prompted two Forest & Bird members to donate $5m towards our freshwater conservation work and celebrate a Forest & Bird win for Hochstetter’s frogs.

Also in this issue: cheeky kea, how to become a rātā detective, Auckland’s reserves under pressure, fabulous fungi, not-so-scary sharks, smart maps, backyard bugs, and our first short story – about birdwatching of course!

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