Community Survey: Conservation and Ecosystem Management Plan feedback | Attica Project

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Attica Projects Conservation Policy is a shift away from the established policies. Attica believes New Zealand’s entire current conservation policy has been based on a flawed understanding of healthy, complete ecosystems.

“Forests without browsers are in an unnatural state. ATTICA believes in the scientific practice of biomimicry, particularly in natural ecosystems – Biomimicry learns from and mimics the strategies of nature to solve human design challenges.”

Attica Project also believes nature has a solution to all the challenges New Zealanders face. Biomimicry is based on an empathetic study of nature, observation of interconnections, and a deep understanding of how life works and ultimately, where New Zealanders fit in.

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1.) Protect the food web. Allowing gleaning, foraging, and hunting on the commons

2.) End the decades-old poison for profit Conservation Poison policy End the decades-old poison for profit Conservation Poison policy driven by ‘for profit’ state-owned assets, private-public partnerships, and private business. We cannot expect those who profit from a product to provide accurate information or studies to citizens, media, or the state.

Separate Interests: Ensure there is a fair representation of separate interests and antitrust legislation so ‘for profit’ cannot bypass democracy and best practice science, nor buy influence through media or lobbyists to sell their flawed systems.

3.) End the poisoning and killing of nature for conservation ethos: Remove the Cocknye ecological Remove the ‘Cocknye’ ecological management system, which denies grazing animals and plants evolved together and are interdependent and reintegrate conservation management as wholistic evolving ecosystems.

  • Repeal National parks Section 4(2)b as not fit for purpose. DoC are obliged to exterminate introduced species in National Parks Section 4(2)b of the National Parks Act.
  • Repeal remove Adjust PredatorFree 2050 as not fit for purpose. (Particularly Papps poison replacing 1080, data surveillance and algorithms to assess public opinion, drones, re-engineering public opinion and gene drives)


4.) Decentralize conservation management: which is to be directed by local communities and run through local and regional councils.

  • Close PredatorFree
  • Decentralize and shut down DoC.


5.) Restore legislation that local and regional councils can block any poisons, sprays, and new technology such as Gene Drives, on any land within their region. Substances blocked on a national level cannot be used anywhere in NZ. But substances approved on a national level still require local and regional consent for use. Should a region block a technology or substance, contamination of their land from other regions would be treated as a contaminant and be subject to liability and indemnity action – this a particular priority for regions with hunting programs to ensure the safety of possum pelts. Informed consent must be obtained by the community and not encroach onto private or waterways.

6.) The priority placed on natural pest control, such as hunting. With a view to eliminating poisons, prevent GEterminator technology or Gene Drives (inserting infertility in gene sequence) and prioritise ethical fur trade. This is particularly significant as possum fur is anti-static and is a high-quality resource for packaging electronic equipment. Local/Regional councils and police to run ‘hunting programs’ and training for growing an industry in conservation fur pelts, bush survival, and hunting. Ensuring gun registration and granting hunting licenses in a streamlined process for pest control employment.

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7.) Antitrust and liabilities – If we expect to stop the exploitation of nature for a quick profit, we must attach unremovable liability to those who profit from it. When a product or technique goes wrong within the natural or built environment – our enforcement bodies have fined the end user. ATTICA will reverse this – companies and corporations manufacturers, developers, salesmen, venture capitalists, angel networks, legislators and investors will all be held accountable for costs.


8.) Soil conservation and health, re-integrate the policy of soil conservation to our conservation policy. Adding Watershed function (how water moves across the landscape). Soil is natures filtration system. That our water is polluted is an indication our soils are broken.

9.) Building Productive Wetlands for pretreatment of stormwater and wastewater, to grow hemp, bamboo, and flax (linen) for fibers and fabrics. Restore the fiber industry and diversify the timber industry – public lands used productive wetlands for flax (linen). Fabrics, Fibres, Wool, Ethical Fur, Wood, Bamboo, polyculture forests, hemp for homegrown fabrics, and diverse building materials. Local processing of raw materials for the local and export markets. Prioritize KiwiSaver and social investment to local mills, including fiber carpet, bamboo, and timber. Broaden farm produce to include nut proteins and other tree crops. Supported by DSIR research. Natural skincare and makeup. No waste in Nature. Sewage, wastewater management, and stormwater treatment to convert to ONLY land-based. No ocean or river direct discharge. All sewage and stormwater treatment must be processed through ‘living machines’ and productive ecosystems such as bozo bamboo for building products and flax and hemp for fibers in productive wetlands. All sewage and wastewater should return a profit back to society and that profit and treatment system will be owned, operated, and managed by local stewardship.

  • Cities such as Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Hamilton should decentralise the collection of wastewater treatment to reduce infrastructure risk in natural disasters and ensure sustainable infrastructure.


10.) Forest Restoration Plan: Diverse Habitat Restoration, While continuing native forest restoration, model other restoration projects on regenerative and rewilding agriculture, model others on mixed native and exotics (novel eco-systems) to support abundant food sources for birds and robust support species for fragile native species.

  • Forest Restoration Plan: Study the most productive and abundant combinations of species under newly formed DSIR, with results open source for all kiwi’s and kiwi companies
  • Study multi-species forestry for food, fiber, and wood production in a conservation agriculture. In conjunction with farming, incorporating orchards, silvopasture, vineyards, productive windbreaks, and rewilding agriculture.
  • Integrate plants and animals. Plants and animals evolved together and carefully managed they flourish together in the same ecosystem.

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11.) Breeding programs: Create numerous Local Hubs to breed indigenous biodiversity and endangered species.

12.) Protect Bees and Birds. Reduce herbicides and pesticides in order to support bee and birdlife, including poultry. Bees are vital pollinators and birds provide natural insect pest control. The return to conservation in the image of nature and shift away from industrial monocultures and poisons which will provide a robust anti-fragile eco-system while allowing natural ecosystems to flourish. A significant increase in birds and bees and diversity within the food web will reduce fragility enhancing food sovereignty and security.

13.) Keep Aotearoa GE Free: Ban GMO, GE, Bio-fortified, Crispr, Gene Editing, and Terminator/Gene Drives Restore the Food Basket and Pure NZ, Focusing on Heritage and Organics (economics & agriculture) Ban Patents on Life (economics & agriculture)

What is the Cockayne Conservation Vision?
Leonard Cockayne was an Englishman who inherited wealth, relocating to NZ in the late 1800s. He, a passionate gardener and as a member of the leisure class used his time to gain influence. His passion for plants and zealous hatred of the grazing animals and birdlife colored his vision. Sadly given his extensive influence and typical colonist attitude, he crushed evidence, people, and experts who disagreed with him.

Evidence that Aotearoa’s extensive birdlife including the Moa functioned as grazing animals were ignored. Instead, the claim has been made NZ had no grazers, but this simply untrue. All forests evolve with grazing animals – plants survived because they reproduced abundantly. Cockayne, a gardener, regarded each plant as a precious specimen, not as part of a complex ecosystem. The early decline in our forests has largely been the loss of the 6-12 million Moa and the unique function they played in the ecosystem. New Zealand’s forest ecosystem was indeed unique in its evolution, in that all our graziers were birds – large and small. Cockayne reactions to deer browsing were hysterical and abhorred exotic plants

His influence and hysteria about purity ensured it was government policy that all mammalian browsers must be eradicated – this was 1930 and his policy remains intact today.  Cockayne also ignorantly claimed erosion was caused by grazing animals – not the sudden severe deforestation. Despite this introduction of deer brought Aotearoa’s forests back into some balance, the large grazing Moa was substituted.

Thane Riney challenged the Cockayne doctrine and proved that deer and possum came to a dynamic equilibrium with time, creating a sustainable, stable relationship with the forest, much how deer and pigs function in the Cumbrian Scottish forests and possums in the Australian forests.

Nevertheless, the Cockayne model persists, a man who dominated and subdued the early NZ ecological sciences. Today science and state agencies remain complicit, running a for-profit industry system of poison factories and state agencies to carry on the Cockayne’s model despite the protests of local communities.

Forests without browsers are in an unnatural state. ATTICA rejects the extermination policy of this colonizer, representative of the leisure class.


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