Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Whitebait hui to consider issues and options

Whitebait hui to consider issues and options


Members of the Port Waikato whitebaiting community, and the wider public, are being invited to a series of meetings this month to discuss the way forward for the whitebait fishery and related environmental and safety issues.

The three community hui come after the release, earlier this year, of a baseline report on whitebait stands and associated structures in the lower Waikato River between Tuakau and Port Waikato.

The report, compiled by Waikato Raupatu River Trust and Waikato Regional Council, identified a range of matters related to whitebait stands and associated baches.

The trust and the regional council, along with other agencies, are keen to work with the Port Waikato whitebaiting community on addressing these matters together. The other agencies include the Huakina Development Trust (representing local hapu), Land Information NZ, the Department of Conservation, the Ministry for Primary Industries and Waikato District Council.

The timetable for the meetings is as follows:

Venue Date TIME
TUAKAU – Supper Room, Tuakau Memorial Hall, George St Thursday, 17 July 5:30pm - 7:30pm
WAIUKU – Waiuku Memorial Hall, cnr Queen St and Victoria Ave Thursday 24 July 5:30pm - 7:30pm
PORT WAIKATO – Port Waikato Community Hall, Maunsell Rd Friday 25 July 1pm - 3pm

A half-hour presentation will be given, followed by time to ask questions of the various agencies. There will also be a chance for community members to share their thoughts on what the next steps should be to manage the issues.

“The various agencies want to stress their commitment to working with the Port Waikato community to find solutions that will better protect and enhance whitebait and other associated fisheries, river habitats and wildlife,” said regional council compliance and education manager Rob Dragten.

“At the same time we collectively want to ensure that fishing is being carried out in a safe and sustainable way, and that the environment is being protected.”

Acting group manager Waikato Raupatu River Trust Julian Williams said: "The Waikato River is an integral part of the region and the nation, so its health and wellbeing is vital.

“Waikato-Tainui are committed to working with Te Puuaha communities and our agency partners for the protection of the whitebait fishery for the future generations of all New Zealanders. Good communication flow and working collaboratively ensures we will all find solutions that work for everyone.

“This mahi is bringing us all a step closer to restoring the health and wellbeing of the river," said Mr Williams.

The lower Waikato River has traditionally been a plentiful source of whitebait but over the years more and more people are seeking to gather the delicacy there.

At the time of the report’s release, it was noted that with more people comes increased pressures for space to build stands, an increase in the number and size of baches and associated pressures such as sewage management, and a growing amount of whitebait being taken. Stands are used for netting whitebait within, or on the banks of, rivers and coastal areas.

The release of the whitebait report was accompanied by a plea for people to ensure that no new stands or buildings are constructed unless they comply with all relevant district and regional council rules.

Key issues raised in the report included:
• the need to take a look at how a range of whitebait-related issues are managed
• ensuring mandated fishing rights are upheld
• the need to ensure that sewage is not being discharged into the river
• ensuring that rules relating to whitebait stands and baches are followed
• making sure there is a healthy river and a good environment for whitebait at Port Waikato.

The full report is available online at http://www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/TR201318/

Information on Waikato Regional Council-related rules on sewage discharges and whitebait stands is available by calling 0800 800 401.

Information on Waikato District Council building rules is available at Build Waikato website or from Waikato District Council offices and services centres. http://www.buildwaikato.co.nz/

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Patience: Drive Safe

Be patient before passing is the AA's message for drivers this Labour weekend.

"People taking crazy risks to get past other vehicles is one of the most dangerous things on the road,” says AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen.

“The weather is looking good for the long weekend so the roads will be busy. Unfortunately, that also increases the chances of people getting frustrated and trying a risky passing manoeuvre. When they get past, there will probably be more traffic up ahead anyway so it won’t get people there faster.” More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Employment Relations Bill: Govt Strains To Get Tea Break Law Through

The Government has been left with egg on its face - failing to get its much-vaunted, but hugely unpopular, meal break law passed in the first week of its new term, Labour spokesperson on Labour Issues Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Guns: Police Association Call To Arm Police Full Time

"The new minister gave his view, that Police do not need to be armed, while standing on the forecourt of parliament. The dark irony was that the interview followed immediately after breaking news of a gunman running amok in the Canadian parliament in Ottawa..." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news