Letters : Swim turns scary

Last updated 12:36 26/02/2014

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Swim turns scary

My young son and I decided to go for a swim in the river by the Ferry Rd bridge at Spring Creek. There were only three other people there, which is very unusual as it is a very popular spot.

Ten minutes later we were joined by three other kids around my son's age, and known to my son.

They all joined in and started playing together, throwing mud at each other and having fun.

Not long after that the three others (one girl and two boys) started yelling and getting upset that the kids were throwing mud at them.

I was a bit shocked by the aggressiveness and the swearing.

It escalated to a verbal assault on me, using language not appropriate around children.

I kept asking them not to swear around children. They went on and on, and normally I would have simply walked away but the kids were having fun so I told them to keep it down or I would call the police to help them calm down.

That had no affect so I did eventually call 111 but, by then, an older man had arrived for a swim and I put the phone down not feeling so threatened any more.

They carried on with their obscene verbal assault and aggressiveness. The eventually left, swearing and yelling obscenities as they crossed the bridge.

The whole situation was unreal - a hot summer day turned into something horrible and scary. The police called me back obviously concerned that the call was terminated and I explained what happened.

Not sure if our officers in blue did anything, but I will be a bit wary going back there on my own.

MARIFE SAMSON

Spring Creek

Policies cull industry

In reply to John Leader, [letters, Express, February 19], the opportunities for land-based recirculating aquaculture were lost 30 years ago. The driving force for global development is the electric motor and electricity.

Successive governments have lost sight of this fundamental fact and thus allowed the electricity price to rise way above the world average for hydro generation.

To operate a small 60-tonne RAS trout salmon production unit in Denmark requires a minimum of 250,000 kilowatts a year. At €0.083 a kW, that comes to €20,750 a year (NZ$33,200).

The power is required 24 hours a day for pumping, waste treatment, air supply, oxygen supply, heat exchanger, and monitoring and alarm systems.

The equivalent cost for New Zealand power is 27 cents a kW, or $67,500 a year, plus we have to add the erroneous line charge on top; adding another $30,000.

It is very doubtful anyone could operate a recirculating aquaculture system in New Zealand and sell fish that people could afford to buy.

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The other major problem is that rainbow trout is prohibited for commercial culture here.

While other countries create employment and export returns from this fish, New Zealand is held in the backwater of aquaculture development. Other countries are increasing both their fish species and tonnage to make up for the diminishing wild marine fish harvest.

Here, 12 Fish & Game regions that sold a total of 104,920 trout fishing licences in 2013, which I understand was a good year for sales, stop New Zealand aquaculture development. Well done, New Zealand.

CLIVE BARKER

Blenheim

Oil hunt hurts orca?

Regarding the unusual stranding of a pod of orca on the Southland coast, was it just a coincidence that Anadarko has just commenced seismic underwater testing off the Southland coast?

Can we expect to see Kaikoura's precious marine life to strand on the Kaikoura coast when exploration work begins there?

GRAEME MATTHEWS

Blenheim

- The Marlborough Express

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