As we head into
our major holiday season it is time to celebrate the Kahawai
Legal Challenge win and what it means for all New Zealanders,
particularly those of us who head to the beach, campsite
or holiday home and look forward to fresh kaimoana.
Very little can
surpass the joyous expression when the kids catch their
It is simply priceless.
In March the High
Court confirmed that every man, woman and child in this
country has a well-settled common law right to fish.
That right is
particularly valuable for two reasons: our easy access to
the sea and our temperate climate.
Not only do we
want to fish, we also want fisheries managed so that when
we do head out on the water there are sufficient fish available
to give us a reasonable chance of catching one.