News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Action needed to secure future of migratory birds

17 October 1999


Action needed to secure future of migratory birds

Contact: Kevin Smith phone 04 385-7374 work or 04 934-2473 home

An action plan to secure the future of New Zealand's migratory seabirds was presented to the Welcome Back the Birds gathering at Miranda near Thames on Sunday.

Speaking at the Miranda Naturalists Trust gathering, attended by over 150 people, the Conservation Director of the Forest and Bird Protection Society, Kevin Smith, described the annual migration of over 150,000 wading birds from Siberia to Alaska as one of the world's great wildlife events.

But he warned that though the godwits, knots, curlews and other waders had survived the rigors of the 20th century this did not guarantee their survival in the 21st century.

"Intensive development along many New Zealand coastlines is leaving coastal birds with fewer of the quiet estuaries and coastal areas essential for their survival."

Mr Smith said coastal subdivisions, marinas, marine farming and sheer people pressure were reducing the areas of optimal seabird habitat.

Key proposals in Forest and Bird's migratory wader action plan included legal protection for the major estuaries as marine reserves, marine parks or taiapure, and major amendments to the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Bill to give priority to habitat and wildlife protection.

Mr Smith said the Ministry for the Environment and the Department of Conservation needed to be resourced and directed to play more pro-active roles in Resource Management Act processes to defend New Zealand's coastlines from harmful development.

"Pressure from some politicians for DoC to be restricted or prevented from undertaking conservation advocacy outside existing parks and reserves would leave them unable to defend the migratory waders. Most of these birds spend virtually their whole time in New Zealand each year outside established reserves."

"The threats to estuaries include poor management of adjacent catchment areas resulting in pollution and excessive sedimentation."

Forest and Bird believed New Zealand also needed to take a leading role in persuading Japan, Korea and China to protect their coastal wetlands as these were vital feeding areas on the waders' Asian-Pacific flyway.

........ ends

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
K Emma Ng's Old Asian, New Asian

This book, written by a young second-generation Chinese New Zealander, gives many examples of the racism that Asian New Zealanders experience. More>>