We have just received a letter from WCC saying that a significant part of our land is going to be designated as Significant Natural Areas (SNA).
To put it as not so fine a point, SNA is more akin to a blatant land grab whereby your private land is being treated almost like Council reserve land. Anything more than minor maintenance of your land eg. trimming *will* require a resource consent. Essentially SNA strips away many of your rights as property and land owners.
We are all in for natural conversation but this is a a very heavy handed approach more like what happens to other overseas authoritarian regimes where land grab is a given. What annoys us the most is when there were property development in the neighbourhood and the developers were cutting down *ALL* the trees on road reserve, we wrote to WCC and they decided to turn a blind eye. And now WCC is talking about SNA. What an unprincipled and a hypocritcal proposal.
You can read more about SNA on WCC site here:
and the map of Significant Natural Areas in Wellington:
A commentary by Barbara Mckenzie on Scoop, she had started a petition for WCC to abandon its SNA policy:
Submission to WCC can be made here ( due 14 December 2021):
Simon Woolf visited the South Island over Christmas and he took this beautiful picture of a kotuku.
"Back in the 1970's I got to know National Forest Service Photographer John Johns. John was a phenomenal photographer, who was both technically and creatively brilliant. John was a true gentleman. He shared his knowledge freely too.
One of his many amazing photos was a Kotuku in flight, however his photo was very different to other Kotuku photos I had seen. It was the white bird against a white sky, and in Black and White. It was a beautiful piece of art and showed The Kotuku, our White Herons features so precisely.
John Johns along with Geoff Moon would be our greatest ever wildlife bird photographers. They largely worked with film, creating images in a darkroom, and shooting with manual lenses, They respected their environment immensely.
This Kotuku photo, taken yesterday, is a tribute to John, and what he taught me all those years ago. I was very fortunate to have John and Geoff, who both passed away some years ago now, as friends and mentors".
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