This article was originally
published in the New Zealand Fishing News April 2005 edition.
supporters of option4, Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom Centre
New Lynn, delivered the ultimate challenge to other businesses
to match or better their effort when they gladly donated
$3000 to the option4 Fighting Fund on February 19th. This
money was proceeds from the auction of fish caught during
the annual Chesters Fishing Contest. Not stopping there
they also gave a similar amount to the Manukau Volunteer
Coastguard in recognition of their contribution to keeping
us safe when out on the water.
Chesters generosity was
only exceeded by the quality of fish weighed during the contest.
Alan Radcliffe and the team have put in a lot of effort over the
years to educate and encourage people to look after the fish they
catch, this resulted in the surprising outcome of two live snapper
brought in to the weigh station. The Challenge was for the option4
representatives Paul Barnes and Trish Rea, who were doing the weigh-in
duties, to actually gauge the weight of two very mobile fish. Needless
to say the two people who brought these fish in won the best-presented
award for their effort.
Also in attendance at the
tournament was Jason Foord representing the Kahawai Legal Challenge.
Jason did a great job in getting in amongst the contestants giving
them the detail of what the Legal Challenge is all about, answering
questions and gathering commitment from people to raise funds using
the Kahawai Challenge Support Pack. Including the sale of t-shirts
over $500 was raised in one afternoon from the same crowd who were
bidding for the auctioned fish.
A big thank you to Alan,
Chesters Plumbing and all those who attended the event and made
it a success. Please support Chesters Plumbing and Bathroom Centre
if you need to buy any plumbing gear, they have stores in New Lynn,
Silverdale, Albany, Ellerslie and on the Hibiscus Coast.
for MFish Compliance Management
In response to a challenge
regarding the introduction contained in the Coastwatch programme
screened on television, the Ministry of Fisheries Compliance managers
agreed to remove the flawed reference to entire species being on
the "brink of extinction". Their prompt, same day response and that
of the Coastwatch producers resulted in the programme's
introduction being amended the following week. option4 appreciate
the Ministry's timely acknowledgement of our concerns and their
Protected Areas – Policy Statement, Principles and Implementation
We had difficulty taking
this proposal seriously. It is a top down directive from Cabinet
to the bureaucracies entrusted to look after the environment which
entails all local and regional bodies, including the Department
This plan is NOT about consultation
– its only purpose is to fast track marine reserves in the
absence of an updated Marine Reserves Act or an Oceans Policy being
promulgated in an orderly and democratic manner.
It ignores the rangitiratanga
and kaitiakitanga roles and responsibilities of Maori.
Discussion and resolution
of over 100 major concerns about marine conservation is not part
of the agenda. It is only about where to put the nail when you have
a hammer. This plan is all about the hammer.
We are still working on our
submission and you will hear from us – be assured that we
will not allow you to be sold out by such a blatantly undemocratic
After much discussion option4
have decided to nominate several people to participate in the proposed
Ministerial Advisory Panel. To not have representation amongst the
six panelists is to leave the Minister, Ministry and the panel to
go ahead without consulting with a wider audience. As much as we
consider this initiative to be another diversion away from the real
challenge facing non-commercial fishers – the kahawai court
case, the outcome of discussion has been that there are more advantages
to being part of the process than not participating at all.
with the Minister
Since David Benson-Pope became
the Minister of Fisheries over a year ago option4 have been asking
for a meeting with him. We finally had the opportunity to meet with
him in Wellington at the beginning of February. Unfortunately due
to fog at Wellington airport we had to cancel our flight. We look
forward to our inaugural meeting very soon.
In the meantime, please feel
free to review the document that seeks to summarise much of the
injustice that lies at the heart of the current paralysis of effective
fisheries management. Until these injustices are acknowledged and
resolved it is hard to see a clear pathway forward. We hope the
Minister appreciates how serious the public are about this. The
document also contains some suggested "pathways out of the maze"
Please go here »
2005 is shaping up to be
a busy year. If you feel you can make a difference and help us be
more effective there are several ways you can help. Your energy
and commitment is most desirable. If you would like to discuss ways
you can help please call on 09 8186205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Financial contributions are most welcome, these can be made
online at or via NZ Fishing News. Your ongoing support and input
is valuable, please don't wait until it is too late, act now.