Letters to the editor
It is most unfortunate that Marlborough's Te Atiawa Trust has reversed its opposition to King Salmon's salmon farm expansion in the Marlborough Sounds.
The details are secret, according to media reports, for the usual cliched reason of "commercial sensitivity".
Was there, or is there to be, money involved? If so, how much? For the sake of credibility, morals and mana, details should be public knowledge.
Te Atiawa Trust reckoned its concerns have been satisfied by evidence. But not all evidence has been heard and much of King Salmon's evidence and claims have been challenged and found wanting.
Te Atiawa have a legacy from their forefathers in the interests of all indigenous New Zealanders, no matter their ethnic ancestry.
The Marlborough Sounds are a nationally iconic public recreational, environmental and scenic area and salmon farms occupy public space.
The board of inquiry must distinguish "bought" support and evidence from credible, independent evidence and viewpoints.
A concern is that the board was appointed by the National government, which is hell-bent on industrialised fish farming with no regard for environmental consequences.
The bias of government showed in the recent arrogance of former Cabinet minister Nick Smith and local MP Colin King in name-calling a peaceful, legal protest a "lynch mob".
The Norwegians farming caged salmon on a huge scale in Chile's pristine coastal waters have got a management system to deal with the infectious salmon anaemia virus, which is caused by the high density farming that creates an excess of waste.
I understand that they secure leases of new, clean waters in advance so they can move on from the anoxic, deadened waters where it is no longer viable.
You would have to empathise with the locals, who are left with waters devoid of what was once a pristine environment.
When does the greed stop and common sense and an eye for the future take over?
I refer to commercial scallop dredging and the intrusion by Nelson-based scallop boats into the Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Sound in particular.
The recreational public have been unfairly penalised over blue cod with bans and draconian, unjustified, regulations because the ministry wrongly considers the blue cod endangered. Well if the ministry sincerely and genuinely cares about the blue cod, why are they letting Nelson boats come in to ransack the Queen Charlotte and Pelorus beds?
A lot of effort is going into trying to look after the blue cod habitat and it would be a total disaster to think the ministry will let commercial dredgers plough up more blue cod habitat.
We need areas in the Sounds left untouched and free from commercial dredging. In fact, such inroads make the case for the Marlborough Sounds to be recreational fishing only.
I read your news items and article on commercial scallop dredging ["Scallops losing three-legged race", Express, October 3] with concern.
It seems to me the Nelson scallop beds are depleted, it is said due to silt, but I would suggest it's largely over-fishing.
So the Nelson-based boats are coming over to exploit the Marlborough beds.
The parallel is in King Salmon. Clutter up and pollute the Sounds with industrial fish farms while most of the 370 touted jobs will be for Nelson.
The scallop harvest has been declining for years. When will the ministry call a halt to the over-fishing?
I was talking last night to my father-in-law, who lives in Christchurch. He was telling me the story about how he was walking down Yaldhurst Rd when he saw an old fellow on the other side trying to cross the road.
After waiting a long time for some clearance in the traffic, he started to cross. However, he was too slow and a car caught him up and had to stop to let him across.
What my father-in-law was shocked to see was the guy in the car tooting his horn and expressing his anger by giving the old guy the fingers.
What this story served to do was to inspire me to write to the people of Blenheim to let them know how much I appreciate the kindness and patience I receive on a daily basis from them.
I am paralysed and get around in a wheelchair. Mine is a happy story because there is always a friend or stranger asking me if they can help.
Maybe Christchurch people are losing their patience or maybe small-town folk are more prepared to give of themselves to a stranger.
New Zealand trout fishing is a public sport, available regardless of wealth or income. This contrasts to other countries where the best trout or salmon fishing is only accessible by paying huge fees. Here, charging fees for freshwater fishing rights is prohibited by acts of Parliament.
New Zealand's egalitarian public ownership of its sports fishing is unique. However, that could be lost or eroded if the pressure for private profiteering and ownership gained favour.
Fish and Game council elections are being held in November. Unfortunately in some regional fish and game councils in the past, angler apathy has been rife with even insufficient candidates to require elections while overall, voter turnout was poor.
Apathy dominates, as shown by one million who did not vote last general election.
Anglers must shed apathy and consider standing or nominate individuals for their fish and game council. All anglers should sign their new trout licence twice to qualify to vote and then vote in November. Alternatively, anyone failing to sign for the electoral roll when purchasing a new licence, can get an enrolment form on Fish and Game's website.
Closing date is 19 October.
NZ Federation Freshwater Anglers
In the beginning god made councils and council disciples and they lived and worked spread throughout the community and all was well in the world.
After a time the disciples said to god: “We would like to work in one place and communicate with our fellow disciples instead of being spread around the town”.
God thought about this and decided that there was merit in the idea.
A magnificent white tower was built and all the disciples moved in, and all was well in the world.
Before long they said to god, “We like it so much in our tower we have decided to create IQPs (independent qualified persons). These IQPs will go out into the town and inspect places of work, as we were doing, then we will be able to stay in our wonderful white tower and communicate.”
To be continued.
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- The Marlborough Express