Category: Resource Management

The Bird Debate

 To coincide with the Beech Mast Season of 2014-2015 the Department of Conservation will extend their predator control program in 2014 with the  $21 million “Battle for our Birds”. This will see increased aerial 1080 drops in South Island native forests to counter the expected increase in predator numbers following the anticipated beech mast season.…

Planning and Protest – A Rock and Hard Place

The residents of Brighton (20 kilometres south of Dunedin) have been occupying a narrow strip of insignificant road reserve on Scrogg’s Hill Road for some weeks now as they continue to frustrate efforts by telecommunications new comer Two Degrees in their efforts to establish a 12 metre cell phone tower. It’s rather a classical David and Goliath battle…

St Clair Sea Wall Erosion

The problematic St Clair Esplanade has dominated the news in Dunedin recently. Since the undermining and collapse of the paving areas Dunedin City Council staff and contractors have been feverishly working to stabilise and protect the eastern end of the wall. The wall has been problematic for the City Council since it was rebuilt in…

A New Year’s Resolution

The traditional summer camping holiday is a New Zealand institution when we  pack up our tents, stretcher beds and Christmas gifts and enjoy or endure whatever the fickle summer weather brings. Many New Zealanders awake from their urban slumber and venture to their traditional river, lake or beach for a “return to the land experience.”…

Writing for Wetlands

Spiralis Director Paul Pope has recently published an article for New Zealand Local Government Magazine on community initiatives in wetland management. The article discusses how local government and agencies respond to those initiatives and how they can be collaborators rather than administrators who share their skills with the community to ensure a project’s success. The development of community…

Wetland Restoration – A Collaborative Approach?

The recently reported disagreement between the Otago Regional Council and Fish and Game over the resource consent for a 60 hectare wetland restoration project being undertaken by Fish and Game is deeply worrying in the context of regional wetland restoration efforts. The decision by the Otago Regional Council to recommend declining the application  coupled with the removal of Fish…

A Cool Drink of Water

The management of water in as key resource to human welfare, agriculture, recreation and ecology and a cornerstone of resource management. However, water management is becoming an issue that is fast reaching a critical mass locally in Otago and throughout New Zealand. The government’s decision to continue to sell assets despite the Waitangi Tribunal’s recent request to resolve the ownership…

Spiralis Ltd Sponsors Pikao Planting

Pikao or pingao (Ficinia spiralis) is a beautiful golden sedge that once covered the coastal sand dunes from Northland to Stewart Island. In Otago pikao is largely missing from the coastal dune systems where it was once  prevalent due to imported marram grass (Amophila arenaria) that has largely dominated dune systems since its introduction in the 1890’s. Today, on the Otago…

National Wetlands Symposium

The National Wetland Symposium held this week in Invercargill was attended by nearly 200 delegates. The symposium draws together  practitioners, scientists, and local government agency staff from throughout the country. Spiralis Ltd was represented by Paul Pope who presented a paper on his project management of the Waihola Waipori Wetlands weed control programme. The variety of papers and…