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A Stream with no Trout

After a 2019 trip to North Queensland I was reminded of Slim Dusty’s 1957 classic Aussie song, “A Pub With No Beer”. It was based on a poem written back in 1944 by a local (Dan Sheahan) from Ingham; near … Continue reading

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JUST HOW FAMILIAR ARE POLITICAL PARTIES WITH TROUT AND DUCKS?

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In the annual Fish & Game Magazine, issued free to all licence holders, political parties were polled on their policies in respect of fishing and duck hunting.  Fish & Game asked two questions: 1.       Whether political parties support the need … Continue reading

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An Open letter to the Chair and National Council Fish and Game NZ

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A Discreditable Discussion Paper on Trout Farming Dear Councillors The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers, (NZFFA), has much in common with the objectives of the Acclimatization Societies of old and their replacement Fish and Game NZ. Many of our … Continue reading

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NZFFA Freshwater Policy

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 NZFFA Freshwater Policy  A Litany of Broken Government Promises Freshwater is the life blood of our planet.  Without clean water our ecosystem, economy and society would be functionally extinct.  Despite numerous reports over the last two decades on the declining … Continue reading

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NZFFA To Eugene Sage – Expiry of Customs Import Prohibition (Trout) Order 2018

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The Honourable Eugenie SageMinister of ConservationPrivate Bag 18888Parliament BuildingsWellington 6160 2 September 2020 Expiry of Customs Import Prohibition (Trout) Order 2018 Established in 1974, the NZFFA is an affiliation of fifty angling clubs and over five hundred individual members. The … Continue reading

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Sharron Murdoch Nails It

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From Stuff: Sharon Murdoch has worked as a “pooper-scooper” at dog shows; spent seasons hay-baling, steam-cleaning railway wagons, and did one memorable stint in bottling factory where she got herself stuck in a conveyor belt.  Besides political cartoons she also … Continue reading

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Has Fish & Game’s National Council Lost the Plot?

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An opinion piece. By Piscator 44. In recent weeks licence holders and many councillors have been left bemused, confused, astounded, and often angered by the incredulous actions of their National Council. Regulations Booklets First there was the issue of the … Continue reading

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Government Parties Sellout NZ to Foreigners

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Opinion by Ben Hope The government’s three political parties with an election looming, are guilty of a 2017 election broken promise over foreigners buying rural land. Last year in October 2019 it was revealed despite Labour, the Greens and New … Continue reading

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The RMA is Bad, But Enforcement is Far, Far Worse

Opinion by Andi Cockroft Whilst many would agree that the RMA has grown and evolved over many iterations into the hopeless article it is now, what compounds the problem is the ramshackle enforcement by agencies tasked with enforcing it. Whether … Continue reading

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Selwyn Water Pollution continued

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Returning from a trip to Christchurch I elected to sample a series of flowing drains/springs in the Springston to Selwyn area covering the length of Chamberlains Road (5) plus the Selwyn River at Chamberlain’s Ford and a tap at the … Continue reading

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