Bullies who waste other people’s time and money

It must be the handful of greens in government who have made Forest & Bird push for a law change specifically to target and disadvantage Southland farmers.

Forest & Bird have got far too big for their boots by taking a Southland farmer and the Christchurch City Council to the Environment Court.

They are taking the farmer to the Environment Court for inadvertently destroying about a third of a so-called rare and endangered native plant on his farm. They are taking the Christchurch City Council to the Environment Court to force them to remove a clause in their district plan that currently allows indigenous vegetation to be removed to improve pasture.

The plant in question is the shrubby tororaro and Forest & Bird have gone to the Environment Court to order rehabilitation of this privately owned land. They also want the farmer’s action to be classified as illegal and seek a law change to effect this.

An example of Muehlenbeckia astonii in a nursery Credit Stuff

Does any farmer want Forest & Bird dictating what they can and cannot do with their land? Do we want their minions peeking over our fences and reporting back to Forest & Bird about what we’re planting in our own gardens? We don’t.

But if Forest & Bird did peek over our fences they are likely to find this so-called rare endangered plant growing in our backyards. This is because it is only extremely rare and threatened in the wild.

The real crime is that Forest & Bird are wasting other people’s time and money because the shrubby?tororaro is available in garden centres! This is of absolutely no interest to Forest & Bird whose?Chief Executive Kevin Hague said: quote.

That these plants remain in people’s gardens does nothing to mitigate the impact ? we have a responsibility to not let these species go extinct in the wild. End of quote.

What utter nonsense!

The farmer being made a pariah is clearly mortified. He was unaware of the significance of the shrubby tororaro and went to the trouble of hiring experts to check planning regulations before he recently bought the land. The local council were perfectly within their rights to allow him to clear his land and plant winter stock food.?Quote.

After being contacted by a member of the public concerned about the clearance, Forest & Bird employed ecologist Christopher Davis to assess what was happening, and used a drone to capture aerial footage of the land.?End of quote.

Sneaky stuff! Why didn’t they just talk to the farmer? ?Quote.

In an affidavit to the environment court, Davis said up to 30 per cent of the nation’s shrubby tororaro was likely to have been destroyed from spraying or drilling ??a process that?sows oats to be grown as cattle feed.

‘The scale and extent of the clearance has resulted in severe adverse effects that cannot be remediated or mitigated, and adverse effects of clearance cannot be offset.’ End of quote.

Forest & Bird, and their expert who said that?30 percent of it had been destroyed, were lying?because they could not possibly know how much is growing in domestic gardens. ?Quote.

The Department of Conservation (DOC), which along with Environment Canterbury and Ngai Tahu owns the majority of the spit, is now working with Thomas in a bid to buy a piece of land to protect the remaining shrubby tororaro population. End of quote.

Forest & Bird are unwelcome bullies who should be put back in their place. Let’s hope?the Environment Court knocks them back by sending both trumped-up charges packing quick smart.