Author Louisa McKerrow

Louisa is the Communications Manager for WWF-New Zealand (World Wide Fund for Nature). She has extensive experience in the areas of media, communications and public relations. Her pen, camera and sense of humour have led her to wonderful work locations throughout Australia, Canada, USA, Solomon Islands, Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and Peru. She was raised on a sheep and cattle farm in Outback Australia. Her specialty sectors are the environment (forest/marine/species conservation and climate change), crisis communications (biosecurity, floods and cyclones), and agriculture (livestock and broad-acre farming). She is an Open Water-accredited diver and has explored underwater ecosystems in the Solomon Islands and Cambodia.

New Zealand Government Asked to Urge US to Stay in Paris Agreement

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WWF-New Zealand has written to the Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett and senior officials in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry for the Environment, urging them to use diplomacy to encourage the United States of America to remain in the Paris Agreement, the global treaty on climate change. It is anticipated that the US government will decide whether to stay in or leave the Paris Agreement sometime within the next week. On the campaign trail, US President Donald Trump had pledged to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. However, senior members of his Administration have urged him to keep the…

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Māui Dolphin Challenge Launches

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What would you do to save the last 63 Māui dolphins? Today, WWF-New Zealand officially launched the Māui Dolphin Challenge, a fundraising campaign to save one of New Zealand’s most endangered and beloved animals. The campaign challenges New Zealanders to fundraise by pledging to do something involving the number 63. Whether it’s walking 63 kilometres or picking up 63 kilograms of rubbish, people across the country are already signing up to take part in creative fundraising challenges. WWF-New Zealand Campaigner David Tong said the focus of the campaign was saving the last 63 Māui dolphins, the smallest and rarest marine…

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Technology Changing the Game for Fisheries Management

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Majuro, Marshall Islands: Real or near real time management of Pacific purse seine tuna fisheries is now possible for the first time in history, changing the game for fisheries management. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) and WWF are celebrating the rollout of observer electronic reporting tools – through the new Observer eReporting App – that will reduce Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and bolster supply chain transparency and traceability in the Western and Central Pacific tuna fisheries. A 2016 analysis conducted by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) showed that non-reporting, misreporting, and under-reporting represented the greatest proportion of…

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New poll reveals Nathan Guy out of step with public opinion on dolphin protection

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An opinion poll published today shows the Minister for Primary Industries, Hon. Nathan Guy MP, is out of step with public opinion on protecting the critically endangered Māui dolphin, said WWF-New Zealand. The recent poll, conducted by respected opinion research company Colmar Brunton, asked if people think the government should financially assist fishers to transition to dolphin-safe fishing methods in Māui dolphin habitat. 75% said yes, 13% said no, 12% were unsure. Commenting on the poll, Peter Hardstaff, Head of Campaigns for WWF-New Zealand said: “We know that the vast majority of New Zealanders want dolphin-safe fishing in Māui dolphin…

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Kiwis Unite to Call for Action on Climate Change

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Just home from UN climate talks in Marrakech, Climate Change Minister, Paula Bennett was sent an open letter recently from businesses, health professionals, climate scientists, academics, faith groups, and prominent New Zealanders calling for action on climate change. The letter has been signed by 60 signatories – representing a wide cross section of New Zealand interests, such as finance, transport, retail, fishing, tourism, hospitality, wine, conservation, science, beauty, medicine, health and religion. Signatories include Z Energy, The Warehouse Group, Fuji-Xerox, Ernst & Young, Sanford, Moana New Zealand, Whale Watch Kaikoura, Logan Brown, Villa Maria, The Body Shop, Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Dame Ann…

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