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Southern Man: New Zealand Predator Free 2050

Posted by Iain on June 23, 2017, 6:41 p.m. in New Zealand

A few months’ ago the then-Prime Minister announced an aspirational goal to create a predator-free New Zealand by 2050. You may not be aware but New Zealand has a very unique fauna and flora profile. The country split off from the rest of what was then Gondwana some 60 million years ago before the rise of mammals. New Zealand has historically only had two species of land mammal; the short-tailed and long-tailed bat (both of which are now critically endangered). While we did have mammals around the coastline, such as fur seals, those two species of bat were it for the mainland and islands around the country.

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Southern Man: Watch Out, Immigrants - It's Election Time

Posted by Iain on June 15, 2017, 5:10 p.m. in New Zealand Politics

This week the major opposition party, Labour, released their immigration policy. I can only hope that this set of politicians understand a lot more about economics, health and education than they appear to know about immigration or they clearly take the voting public for fools. Having promised in recent months to ‘slash migration numbers by tens of thousands’ what did they actually ‘slash’ in terms of the current resident visa targets?

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**Newsflash Southern Man: The Politics of Immigration

Posted by Iain on June 12, 2017, 12:53 a.m. in Immigration

"Labour attempts to pick low hanging immigration fruit...that's already been eaten" - Iain MacLeod, Managing Director, IMMagine Australia & New Zealand Immigration Specialists The Labour Party’s announcement today that they will make moderate cuts to immigration numbers will make no significant difference to the numbers of permanent migrants coming to New Zealand.

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Southern Man: Milford Sound - A Landscape on Steroids

Posted by Iain on June 8, 2017, 6:07 p.m. in New Zealand

I have waited all my life to get to Milford Sound. Lying in the southwest of the South Island, it is most certainly off the beaten track but every year several thousand extremely fortunate people make the effort to get there and experience it. Everyone who has been there speaks with a hushed reverence about the place.

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Southern Man: Trekking the Queen Charlotte Sound

Posted by Iain on June 1, 2017, 4:33 p.m. in New Zealand

Do you remember the last time that you could only hear two or three sounds in any part of your day? Right now I am staying at Furneaux Lodge, an old Victorian homestead deep in Queen Charlotte Sound, one of numerous drowned river valleys lying at the top of the South Island. I am on my way to Queenstown for a couple of business meetings but decided to stop off here for some long forest hikes (two under the belt – close to 30km in two days) and a bit of a break after three busy weeks in South Africa.

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