Call for more detail from Leona

CATHIE BELL
Last updated 11:30 22/02/2013
Leona Plaisier
Leona Plaisiers petition against increasing the number of salmon farming in the Sounds

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Parliament's primary production select committee has asked for more information from officials and Marlborough Sounds teen Leona Plaisier as it considers her petition against increasing the number of salmon farming in the Sounds.

Select committee chairman Shane Ardern said the committee had considered Miss Plaisier's 11,000-signature petition against salmon farms being built in recreational water space during its meeting in Wellington yesterday.

"We have called for further information in regard to the petition. We went back to Ms Plaisier herself and asked her to resubmit some more information. We have called for further information from officials on it, too."

Mr Ardern said no date had been set for further consideration of the petition.

Miss Plaisier's petition was formally presented to Green Party MP Steffan Browning on the steps of Parliament on December 11, and was referred to the primary production select committee for consideration.

Mr Browning is a member of that committee, as is Kaikoura MP Colin King.

Miss Plaisier, 18, lives in the outer Pelorus Sound, where her family runs the Tui Nature Reserve. She was recently named a Department of Conservation conservation champion and was last month named a "Local Hero" as part the Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year awards.

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- The Marlborough Express

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