Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Fish And Game Declares War On Rural NZ

Fish And Game Declares War On Rural NZ

Wednesday 24 Nov 2004

Gerry Eckhoff - Press Releases - Rural

Fish & Game New Zealand has clearly renounced political impartiality by throwing its weight behind the Labour Government's destructive rural policies, ACT Rural Affairs Spokesman Gerry Eckhoff said today.

Mr Eckhoff's comments follow a Fish and Game newsletter from chief executive Bryce Johnson which rallies anglers to support the Government's `right-to roam' proposal.

"Fish and Game's desire to take landowners' property rights and give them to their members is not supported by the vast majority of outdoor recreationalists. The Deer Stalkers' Association, for example, has recently come out in favour of the status quo, which is all that rural property owners want."

Mr Eckhoff believes the monopoly status enjoyed by Fish & Game in the administration of freshwater fish and game birds must now be reviewed.

"Fish & Game has become a political lobby group hell-bent on imposing its will over the hand that feeds them - rural New Zealand. It won't have a future as long as it allows left-wing philosophies to dominate its thinking.

"Fish & Game is constantly misleading the public. Its campaign against Poronui Station near Taupo is an obvious example of it constantly maligning owners over access and fishing rights when in fact such matters were negotiated with DOC five years ago.

"It is simply wrong that Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson's personal crusade to allow people to catch a fish once in a while should take precedence over landowners' needs to manage risk on their property, said Mr Eckhoff.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Panic In The Pacific Over China

For years, it has been no secret that China wants closer security and trade ties with the small nations of the Pacific region. All part of Beijing’s self-image as a global superpower. To that end this week, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi embarked on an unprecedented 10-day tour of the Pacific, aimed at convincing his Pacific hosts to join a cross-Pacific agreement that would let Beijing provide them with high-level police training and security, shared data co-operation and other joint services ranging from agriculture to tourism...


Covid-19: Second Vaccine Booster For The Most Vulnerable
People who are at high-risk of getting very sick from a COVID-19 infection will soon be eligible to receive a second booster, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>

Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>

PM Speech: Harvard University Commencement Speech - Democracy, Disinformation And Kindness

In Te Reo Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand, I paid tribute to all of the esteemed guests who stand here in this great forest of knowledge. It is a privilege to be here, and I thank you for the honour... More>>

Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>

Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>




InfoPages News Channels