Film festival showcasing reel highlights

PETER SHUTT
Last updated 14:10 14/07/2014
cory scott
NICK REYGAERT
ONE FROM THE FILM: Cory Scott with a large brown trout from a small East Coast North Island stream.

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OPINION: You think a fish like this is awesome? They can still be found in waters throughout both the North and South Island and occasionally they make an angler's day.

They certainly made an impression on the Gin-Clear Media team that has helped put together the 2014 Fishing Film Festival in Christchurch on September 10 and in Dunedin on September 11. This will be the ninth year of presenting the world's most extensive fishing film festival to hit theatres on the Australian and New Zealand leg of its 2014 worldwide tour.

Professionally produced, I have seen some of the photographs and event co-ordinator Silvio Calelari told me that this year the feature movie will be all about fishing in the back country North Island. There is some great scenery and important fishing tips to be viewed.

I should add that it took 11 hours of helicopter filming time to capture this awesome adventure.

My advice from experience of these festivals is to check the website. I have not met anyone who has not been impressed in past years.

This year you will see stunning footage from New Zealand, Iceland, Argentina, Bahamas, USA, Australia and Alaska.

The back country of New Zealand part of the festival follows six fly fishermen, from different places and different walks of life, as they each explore a treasured corner of the North Island. This land of rugged gorges and dense forests provides an epic backdrop for what's claimed to be some of the best trout fishing on the planet.

Festival organisers are also offering door-price give-aways and lots of different fishing DVDs available for purchase.

This year's feature movie Backcountry North Island will be available on DVD in the future. On the film night we will get to see a fair bit of it but one more segment (trophy lake trout) still needs filming to finish the movie. Some of the other movies showing may also be released on DVD. They are all premieres.

If you want more information, check http://www.gin-clear.com/ filmfest/

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On July 3 Environment Minister Amy Adams and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy announced the release of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPS-FM) 2014. The NPS-FM 2011 will be replaced by the NPS-FM 2014, which will take effect on August 1.

The amendments include a national framework to help regional councils and communities set freshwater objectives, with compulsory national bottom lines for ecosystem health and human health for recreation.

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More than 7000 submissions provided the backdrop to the key changes.

They include the expression of the national significance of fresh water and te mana o te wai; merging the compulsory human health value for wading/boating with swimming and bringing the deadline for regional councils to implement the NPS-FM forward to 2025.

Only time will tell if the pollution levels pertaining to wading/boating and swimming do in fact equate to an acceptable human health value, so the critical thing will be the monitoring effort carried out by regional councils and their prompt action to improve water quality whenever necessary.

With the time delay before nitrate and other pollutants seep into waterways, I believe we have yet to see the worst effects of the rural and urban damage created to date and I am sure all anglers will agree when I say there is much to be rectified.

The ground work being done by zone committees is in the right direction. Issues about water quality and quantity affect all of us.

It is pleasing to see urban and rural interests starting to sing from the same song sheet but a few more auditions are necessary to compile a truly effective programme.

A quick reminder that the South Canterbury Angler's Club meet on Tuesday at the Caroline Bay Community Centre at 7.30pm.

This might possibly be the most important club meeting for some years.

- The Timaru Herald

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