PO Box 37 951
Dear (MP's name)
attached an Open Letter option4 has just sent to the Minister of
Fisheries, Pete Hodgson.
Every day we
are asked the same question - Which political parties have policy
that clearly supports the publics claim that they have and always
should have a priority access right over the fishing industry?
To refresh your memories - a record breaking 62,117 submissions
were made to the Soundings Public consultation of which 61,117 (98.3%)
were in full support of the principles of option4. In addition,
many organisations with extensive membership submitted supporting
option4. For example, submissions from Yachting New Zealand, Boating
Industry Association and New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council.
A further 35,000 people have subsequently registered their support
for those same principles. We have subsequently kept informed many
of these people (16 times -monthly) and can assure you that these
people are very interested to know what is going on. They take this
debate very seriously.
parties and Members of Parliament will shortly be asked by option4
to state where they stand regards the non-commercial sectors place
in the scheme of things.
We recommend that you take this opportunity to familiarise yourselves
with the issues. The http://option4.co.nz/
site has a comprehensive record of this debate. Please read our
response and objections to the Cabinet Paper FIN (01) 216 (11/3/02)
and then the Ministers reply and dismissal of the option4 position
We believe that
these issues require not only urgent attention from all political
parties and elected Members of Parliament, but also clear statements
of position from you all.
We thank you
for taking the time to familiarise yourselves with the subtleties
and nuances of this debate.
The team at