Tourism benefits questioned

Tourism benefits
King Salmon are not saying salmon farms per se will increase tourism.

However, a unique salmon served to diners in a beautiful region abundant with wineries and excellent restaurants certainly will.

What draws tourists to a region is when it is famous for something.

We cannot help support Marlborough's renown unless we achieve a certain threshold and 12 additional surface hectares (or 0.01 per cent of the Sounds) will enable us to do this.

This is exactly why Destination Marlborough has a section on its website dedicated to food and wine and featuring available gourmet experiences and tours. Re ownership, our business is half-owned by New Zealanders including Direct Capital  whose investors include institutions such as the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and ACC  and senior staff and directors (49 per cent).

Our board is 100 per cent Kiwis. There are no foreign directors and no single shareholder has direct control over our salmon farming operations.

The fishmeal used in our feed is sourced from scientifically managed sustainable sources and is World Wildlife Fund (WWF) compliant.

Licences granted to us will not set a precedent as anyone else applying will need to comply with exactly the same approval process as us. We have no plans for further expansion beyond the consents applied for.

Everything humans do in the environment has some sort of effect, and in everything we do we remain in balance with the environment.
Operations and contracts manager
King Salmon

Preserve the Sounds
It has come to my attention that once again the pristine, faultless beauty of our Marlborough Sounds is under attack by some money-hungry businessmen.

We did not create this natural wonder, but it is in our hands now whether or not to let it be destroyed, bit by bit. In the same way some big boys around here are always too quick with their chainsaws around old trees which it is our duty to preserve for the next generation.

I must agree with the very wise gentleman who stated that once there is nothing more to take and their hungry salmon will have devoured everything in the area, the company will leave us, environment spoiled, and look for new places to exploit  just that there are hardly any left on this planet.

'Facts' questioned
Responding to Grant Rosewarne's letter [Express, April 23], the "facts" he refers to are those gathered by a survey company (Buzz Channel).

Buzz are paid by NZKS and know NZKS's preferred survey outcome. For example, the survey's first question starts with "A Marlborough company ... ". NZKS, which might have a small Picton presence, is registered in Nelson and majority owned in Malaysia.

By claiming it is a Marlborough company, he is immediately starting to bias the Marlborough respondents into thinking they are supporting a truly local entity. A subtlety, yes, but a few subtleties can paint a picture.

Mr Rosewarne continues to claim NZKS is not foreign-controlled. He's already claimed that NZKS is "half-owned by New Zealanders". Well this is not correct and is clearly one of Mr Rosewarne's "facts" that is not completely factual. NZKS is 49 per cent owned by New Zealanders  close to half, yes, but not half.

Why the majority Malaysian ownership? Is it not the same as our Government selling off only 49 per cent of some state assets  so the majority shareholder, with 51 per cent, holds control?

While the NZKS constitution is a public document, please show all the facts and release your shareholders agreement.

It's important to make a submission on this salmon farm expansion into a currently prohibited area. Unless you are 100 per cent convinced by NZKS, I urge Marlburians to make an opposing submission, as you can always request it be withdrawn but you can't make late submissions.

Sacred day
At the Ready Steady Pumpkin contest held recently, a wee lad featured in the Marlborough Express [April 12] held his Jack o' Lantern entry in the best dressed section. Almost certainly unbeknown to him, he was signalling the approach of Halloween, correctly All Hallows' Eve.

This year's warm autumn may not see us around the fire to observe the day, but our Jack o' Lanterns will be lit by nightfall  so much less achievable when it's marked in our October, no doubt due to the commercial hype.

Albeit in ignorance, it denigrates what of all our sacred days is the most such, because it is the time to remember and acknowledge loved ones now departed; so appropriate near to Anzac Day.

It's the end of the seasonal year on nature's calendar so is also Last Light; Samhein for the Celts and Haratura for Maori.

Part of a two or three-day period, Halloween is our New Year's Eve and brings in All Hallows' Day, our New Year's Day or seed fall and paengau-whawha for Maori. So the sombre side is offset by a lighter side, as is nature's way.

It's time to push for a public holiday, methinks. Happy new year. ARVENSIS
Arvensis is this correspondent's legal name. - Editor

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