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MP urges public to help net poachers

Hon Parekura Horomia
Member of Parliament for Ikaroa-Rawhiti

12 January 2006 Press Release

MP urges East Coast public to help net poachers


Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia is urging East Coast people to help stop criminal poachers off our coastline this summer.

With roughly 500 kilometres of coastline around East Coast, public support over the busy summer months is key to preventing poaching.

"East Coast's Fisheries staff and Honorary Fisheries Officers do a great job protecting fishing resources for everyone, but they have to cast their net over huge areas and they need help from the public."

"Everyone who's here for the summer – locals and holiday makers too – can help close the gaps in the mesh to stop poachers.

"We can ensure that kai moana like paua, kina, and crayfish will be around for our moko and their moko; it's frankly astonishing that poachers don't care about that."

“Plundering paua beds and filling chilly bins with crays for commercial gain seriously damages and can destroy seafood populations.

"These people are not just criminal and greedy; they're stealing our birthright as Kiwis to be able to go to the beach and get a feed."

People in the East Coast region who suspect illegal activity on or near the water should call the Ministry of Fisheries 0800 4 POACHER.

"If you're going fishing and you're unsure how much you're allowed to take, you can find out on the www.fish.govt.nz website or phone 0800 4 RULES."


12 January 2006 Press Release

MP urges Hawkes Bay public to help net poachers


Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia is urging Hawkes Bay people to help stop criminal poachers off our coastline this summer.

With roughly 450 kilometres of coastline around Hawkes Bay, public support over the busy summer months is key to preventing poaching.

"Hawkes Bay's Fisheries staff and Honorary Fisheries Officers do a great job protecting fishing resources for everyone, but they have to cast their net over huge areas and they need help from the public."

"Everyone who's here for the summer – locals and holiday makers too – can help close the gaps in the mesh to stop poachers.

"We can ensure that kai moana like paua, kina, and crayfish will be around for our moko and their moko; it's frankly astonishing that poachers don't care about that."

“Plundering paua beds and filling chilly bins with crays for commercial gain seriously damages and can destroy seafood populations.

"These people are not just criminal and greedy; they're stealing our birthright as Kiwis to be able to go to the beach and get a feed."

People in the Hawkes Bay region who suspect illegal activity on or near the water should call the Ministry of Fisheries 0800 4 POACHER.

"If you're going fishing and you're unsure how much you're allowed to take, you can find out on the www.fish.govt.nz website or phone 0800 4 RULES."


12 January 2006 Press Release

MP urges Wairarapa public to help net poachers


Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Parekura Horomia is urging Wairarapa people to help stop criminal poachers off our coastline this summer.

With roughly 350 kilometres of coastline around Wairarapa, public support over the busy summer months is key to preventing poaching.

"Wairarapa's Fisheries staff and Honorary Fisheries Officers do a great job protecting fishing resources for everyone, but they have to cast their net over huge areas and they need help from the public."

"Everyone who's here for the summer – locals and holiday makers too – can help close the gaps in the mesh to stop poachers.

"We can ensure that kai moana like paua, kina, and crayfish will be around for our moko and their moko; it's frankly astonishing that poachers don't care about that."

“Plundering paua beds and filling chilly bins with crays for commercial gain seriously damages and can destroy seafood populations.

"These people are not just criminal and greedy; they're stealing our birthright as Kiwis to be able to go to the beach and get a feed."

People in the Wairarapa region who suspect illegal activity on or near the water should call the Ministry of Fisheries 0800 4 POACHER.

"If you're going fishing and you're unsure how much you're allowed to take, you can find out on the www.fish.govt.nz website or phone 0800 4 RULES."


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