Letters: Clifford Bay

Humane killing

I have just read Jared Nicholl's article about a day on a possum line with Kim Swan ["Double-checking for furry bodies", Express, November 13].

In the article it gives the impression that Kim Swan either throws live baby possums from their dead mother's pouch to her dog or allows her dog access to root them out to disembowel or shake them to death.

Perhaps the author of the article could clarify this as it gives the public the impression that possum hunters are callous, cruel individuals, which is hopefully not the case.

While pest control of possums appears to be necessary, it doesn't give the hunter the right to dispose of defenceless, stressed baby animals inhumanely.



Ms Swan tells us the humane way she uses to kill juveniles is a quick blow to the temples. - Editor

School speed

The Milford Road was closed by the New Zealand Transport Agency this month due to the risk of rock fall. The NZTA obviously have our best interest at heart. However, with no consistent speed limit outside schools, they aren't looking after our children as they come and go from school.

With speeds limits ranging to a shocking 100kmh, this should be considered as dangerous as rockfall, except that the children might be the rocks.

The World Health Organisation recommends 20kmh or 30kmh outside schools and to comply we need school zones with a maximum speed of 30kmh during busy times.

Many organisations are asking for this and it seems that all countries other than New Zealand have already introduced safe speeds outside schools. Our children, too, should benefit from a law that protects them when they are most likely to behave unpredictably.

When school children are entering and leaving school, these invincible risk takers can go from being a studious individual to one who has lost their marbles the next. We teach them how to behave on the road, but when they have a family member or friend on the other side of the road, their minds can go to pot.

None of this is taken into account by the NZTA or by their boss Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, or the one who has been put in charge of this matter, Simon Bridges. Obviously not enough children have been killed for them to do anything about speed near schools.

Yet how many are killed on the road by rock fall?


North Canterbury

Clifford Bay

I wholeheartedly agree with Doug Howard's concerns [letters, Express, November 20] regarding the Clifford Bay proposal as irrational. I cannot see the logic in it, either.

Whichever way you look at it, the loss of the Cook Strait ferries would spell disaster for Picton in the short term. The businesses in Picton all rely on a certain volume of travellers passing through our town.

The true cost to Picton and its surrounds needs to be weighed alongside the economic benefits of a shorter freight journey to Christchurch.

Picton businesses were surveyed earlier in the piece when the cost of building a new terminal at Clifford Bay was estimated at a mere $224 million. The results have not been published to my knowledge.

If our elected representatives are going to defend our town, they will need some clear facts and figures to put forward in the debate or Picton will be sacrificed for some dubious claim that reducing travel time to Christchurch transport will drive New Zealand's economic growth.

Let tourism drive the economic change that is needed and put more government resources into marketing New Zealand. The entry point to the South Island through the Marlborough Sounds is an iconic part of the total tourist experience. It's worth speaking up for.



Salmon farming

The topics David Lloyd raises about NZ King Salmon's farming practices [letters, Express, November 9] are now before the Environmental Protection Authority's board of inquiry. NZ King Salmon has prepared a comprehensive case for consideration by the board, supported by thorough scientific and expert evidence.

However, it is important to note that scientific experts from Niwa and the Cawthron Institute disagree with Mr Lloyd's view.

We have confidence in the professionalism of our staff and the scientific experts involved in our world class operation. For more than 25 years we have demonstrated that commerce and conservation can live together in the Sounds. That is a way of life most Marlburians understand and endorse.

We appreciate the community's ongoing support and hope to realise this great opportunity for Marlborough.

We hope the board's decision will be supportive and enable us to bring to fruition this great opportunity for the Marlborough region, aquaculture in New Zealand and the nation itself.


Chief executive

NZ King Salmon

The Marlborough Express