Down Three to Go
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Thankyou for making the effort to familiarise yourselves with the complexities
of the Soundings debate the defining of the nature and extent of the
right of the public to gather seafood from the marine environment.
If you have been wondering why we’ve been off the air we’ve
been waiting for the submission review and analysis phase of the process
The Public Consultation phase of the debate produced 62,117 submissions
of which 61,178 supported option4. We actually received 71,467 individual
submissions in favour of option4 although many of these missed the deadline
for public submissions.
There was an independent review of the submissions. The Rights Working
Group subsequently produced its report. Then the Minister of Fisheries
Pete Hodgson issued a press release when he released these reports.
All of these documents may be found on the option4.co.nz web site at
Just prior to the release of this information option4 representatives
met with Pete Hodgson in Auckland. Please take the time to read the
full minutes of this meeting to satisfy yourselves that we are on the
right track. http://option4.co.nz/Your_Rights/mins010301.htm
Please, feel free to reply with your comments as you see fit
Going, going, gone
Finally, last Wednesday it all happened licensing was finally, fully
and completely rejected. One down, three to go. Congratulations and
well done option4 supporters.
However, don’t for one minute think that the demise of licensing
as an issue closes this debate. We must not forget, the whole Soundings
process is all about the defining of the Recreational rights. Only when
these rights have been defined and enshrined in clear, unambiguous legislation
can we (the public) consider how they should be managed. Not beforehand.
option4 has already spent many hours discussing these reports.
We are in possession of copies of all submissions and are conducting
our own analysis to ensure your voice has been fully accounted for.
Several responses are underway.
There is a fair bit of reading here. Please do your best.
We will be reporting back to you within a week with more developments
Whilst 2,500 of us are signed up online so far, this is only a drop
in the bucket. It is only you, our online support base, who we
can afford to talk to, real time as the issues arise. So it’s
over to all of us to get out there and connect with the hundreds of
thousands of New Zealanders who care passionately about their rights
to harvest, many of whom are simply not online. More on this next Update.
Thankyou for your time and effort.
The team at option4