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option4 Update #151

A new era in fisheries advocacy

This is the last option4 Update. We want to thank the many supporters and contributors. You know who you are.

It is now time to fully commit to the New Zealand Sport Fishing Council. They will coordinate the experience and knowledge gained from 11 years of hard-fought advocacy..........

option4 Update #150

Policy of abundance is a winner

As we count down to the general election many people are seeking clarification on what fisheries policy deserves support. option4 offers some comments and recommendations. Abundance is the supreme goal........

option4 Update #149

More at stake than just a fishing license

Many passionate fishers are opposed to paying a saltwater fishing license, yet a compulsory charge is inevitable if a statutory body to represent recreational fishers is established.......

Hokianga Accord news

Accord Update #43

Abundance of topics at Oturei hui

The 15th overnight hui of the Hokianga Accord was a success. Topics varied from a lack of frogs in local Kaipara waterways to the protests against deep sea drilling off the East Coast......

option4 Update #148

Back to the future

Pete Hodgson was one of the most insightful fisheries Ministers we have had over the past decade, yet he did not envisage the debate that was about to erupt after the Soundings reform proposals were released publicly in mid-2000.......

Hokianga Accord resolution

Deep sea drilling

In mid May the Hokianga Accord Oturei hui resolved to support Te Whanau a Apanui, Ngati Porou and Greenpeace in opposing deep sea oil drilling in the Raukumara Basin off East Cape. Many concerns were raised at the hui. These concerns are summarised in the Accord's resolution available here........

option4 Update #147

We don't know how lucky we are

It is time to celebrate a freedom many expats treasure - a homecoming and a day out on the boat with family and friends catching fish, or rock hopping for kina and mussels..........

option4 Update #146

Broad fishing interests at risk

There has been plenty of talk lately about establishing a statutory body to represent recreational fishing interests. This would be the go-to organisation for other rights holders or agencies seeking to change our rights or interests in the marine environment..........

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The Hokianga Accord is the mid-north iwi fisheries forum which includes Ngapuhi, Ngati Whatua, commercial, customary and amateur fishing interests.

The Accord holds regular hui around Northland. The fifteenth hui was held in May 2011.

Individuals and groups with an interest in the marine environment are welcome to participate in the forum’s hui.


“More fish in the water/Kia maha atu nga ika ki roto i te wai.”

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 option4 Principles
A priority right over commercial fishers for free access to a reasonable daily bag-limit to be written into legislation.
The ability to exclude commercial methods that deplete recreationally important areas
The ability to devise plans to ensure future generations enjoy the same or better quality of rights while preventing fish conserved for recreational use being given to the commercial sector.
No licensing of recreational fishers.
A balanced approach to marine protection
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