Letters to the editor
I write to express the anger and frustration of recreational fishers in the Port Underwood area at the continued denial of our rights to catch a feed of fish using a net.
Prior to the last election, the then fisheries minister Phil Heatley agreed the ban on recreational fishers alone was poor law and announced it would be lifted on May 1, 2012.
After the election David Carter became fisheries minister and promptly reversed that announcement, using some watery excuse that a recreational set net "may have been responsible" for the death of dolphin in the Canterbury area.
It is obvious this continued ban on recreational set netting in our area has nothing to do with the welfare of Hector's dolphin as 90 years of records show no evidence of dolphins ever being entrapped in nets, be they recreational, customary or commercial.
It is very obvious it is more a matter of the green lobby and other emotional ideologists manipulating the fisheries minister to continue the ban because they do not condone or understand the practice, much less enjoy the privilege and pleasure it brings the folks who do.
For a recreational fisher to have to stand by while commercial set netters, trawlers and customary fishers legally carry out the practice of fishing with nets while we cannot is not the observance of natural justice and I challenge the minister to prove me wrong.
Interested to read the online comments in the Marlborough Express on Monday regarding lack of remembrance at the clock for Armistice Day.
I am so disgusted that TVNZ did not run an item from the tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Wellington. I have written to them, although I doubt they will care.
We forget at our peril and it is our job to teach the next generation.
The Magna Carta was signed by King John in 1215 and formed the basis of all British law and justice.
The three great principles of the Manga Carta are
1: That no man should be put in prison without being tried by a jury of equals.
2: That the king must not levy any taxes without the consent of parliament.
3: That equal justice should not be sold or denied to anyone.
Governments were set up to do just that.
The British Parliament formed itself into a high court of justice for the purpose of bringing Charles I to trial as a tyrant and a traitor as he had broken the Magna Carta. The sentence of death was passed and he was beheaded by Oliver Cromwell.
Since then, British justice has been based on the Magna Carta. Equality for all or beheaded.
The Treaty of Waitangi was based on British law, which in turn is based on the Magna Carta.
The Treaty, and especially article 2, cannot give Maori preference over a British subject. What article 2 did was to guarantee to Maori people the same rights as a British subject.
If Maori, who became British subjects after the Treaty was signed, are given preferential rights over other British subjects, then those that made these apartheid decisions should meet the same fate as Charles I.
Last Saturday I picked up a nail in my tyre and made it to the Countdown car park.
As I am unwell and quite incapable of changing a wheel, I was very humbled to be approached by a young chap who offered to change the wheel for me. In fairness, two other people also offered to help.
I found the experience very humbling to discover that the age of chivalry is not yet passed.
Thank you, Jason.
- The Marlborough Express