Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Fish And Game Review Opportunity For Positive Change?

A former president of the Professional Fishing Guides Association sees the proposal to review Fish and Game as an opportunity to effect positive change.

“It would be wise to see what the Department of Conservation has in the way of plans to reform Fish and Game before having a fixed position on the subject,” said Frank Murphy of Gisborne. “The outcome may be in line with the aims and wishes of the likes of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers and grass roots anglers. There would not be many rank and file anglers and duck shooters who would disagree with taking a second look at the original legislation setting up Fish and Game.”

Trout fishing was a public sport and was a major participation one said Frank Murphy who was a trout fishing guide and fishing lodge owner for many years and served 25 years as president of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association.

“There are more fishermen-women, in New Zealand in freshwater and saltwater recreational fishing than participants in any other sport. A good example is, that in a sparsely populated area like Gisborne, there are over 3,000 trout licences sold every season.”

Political Clout

This had political ramifications in terms of votes that should make any government or political parties wary of trying to implement state control.

“In fact from conversations there are some who say just scrap Fish and Game with its statutory obligation to the Minister and get the Department of Conservation (DOC) and any other government agencies completely out of trout and salmon fishing both recreational and commercial and go back to the structure of the acclimatisation societies - the predecessor of fish and game organisation.”

Frank Murphy said he believed the former acclimatisation society system had greater merit over the current fish and game one.

“There must be a viable alternative and I believe it’s simple - turn the clock back. A return to the original Acclimatisation Societies for each region, I believe, is the answer. Membership would be voluntary, But each region would be financially viable,” he said.

Some Fine People

During his tenure of over 25 years with the fishing guides association Frank Murphy was in frequent discussions with the NZ Fish and Game head office and several departments of the Department of Conservation. There were some fine people involved that had to be acknowledged and he cited Robert Sowman of Fish and Game NZ and Bev Abbot of the Department of Conservation. But there were others, bureaucratic in nature, who were difficult to work with and working towards a tourist licence for visiting overseas anglers was a frustrating exercise.

“No one wanted a bar of the guides association’s concept of a tourist licence. In a review this should be revisited. It’s a winner,” said Frank Murphy.

The guides association accrued money with greatly increased membership.

“They then had the money and the political clout came with that and thus political influence,” recalled Frank Murphy. “We achieved political influence and at an AGM held in Christchurch, were three cabinet ministers.”

“Since those days things have changed and some will never return to how they were. It is important the Federation and Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations (CORANZ) and like-minded outdoors men and women strive to turn the proposed review of fish and game to advantage, hopefully more akin to the workings of the old acclimatisation society model. It is really not that difficult given a will and some wisdom,” he said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Twitter Wars, And The Muller Muddles

Whatever the failings of our own politicians, spare a kind thought for the majority of Americans who did not vote for Donald Trump. Sure, it was depressing this week to watch Todd Muller clinging for dear life to his talking points on Q&A, lest he be carried away in the slavering jaws of Jack Tame…. but this was mere incompetence, not malice. At the same time the President of the United States was (a) falsely accusing one of his media critics of murder, and (b) threatening to shut down Twitter for attaching a warning label to Trump’s attempt at poisoning the electoral process by falsely claiming that postal voting has led to extensive voter fraud... More>>


 


Government: Freshwater Package Backed By Comprehensive Economic Analysis

Decisions on the Action for Healthy Waterways package are supported by comprehensive environmental and economic impact analysis by leading New Zealand research institutes, universities, and private sector firms. More>>

ALSO:

National: "Todd Muller Announces Shape Of Next Government"

National Party Leader Todd Muller has announced the line-up of the next Government. “New Zealand is facing perhaps the toughest time that almost anyone alive can remember. “We are borrowing tens of billions of dollars to get us through this crisis. There ... More>>

ALSO:

Lockdown Rules: Timeline For Moving To Level 1 Needed

The BusinessNZ Network is calling for more clarity about the conditions under which businesses can move to Covid level 1. The network is concerned about large numbers of businesses that are at risk of closure if restrictions continue at the current ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Day Of Reckoning

Congratulations. You are one of the 55 members of the National caucus being called together tomorrow to choose who will lead you to either (a) catastrophic or (b) honourable defeat on September 19, thereby saving some (but not all) of the jobs currently on the line. Good luck. Your decision process starts NOW... More>>

ALSO:


Budget 2020: Jobs Budget To Get Economy Moving Again

Investments to both save and create jobs in Budget 2020 mean unemployment can be back to pre COVID-19 levels within two years and could see the economy growing again as early as next year. More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19 Response: Law Setting Up Legal Framework For Covid-19 Alert Level 2 Passes


The law establishing a legal framework for the response to Covid-19 has passed its final reading and will become law in time for the move to Alert Level 2 tonight.
This is a bespoke Act designed specifically to stop the spread of COVID-19... More>>

ALSO:


Trans-Tasman Bubble: PMs Jacinda And Morrison Announce Plans

Australia and New Zealand are committed to introducing a trans-Tasman COVID-safe travel zone as soon as it is safe to do so, Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP have announced... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Support For Arts And Music Sector Recovery

A jobseekers programme for the creative sector and four new funds have been set up by the Government to help our arts and music industry recover from the blow of COVID-19. Thousands of jobs will be supported through today’s $175 million package ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: New Zealand Joins Global Search For COVID-19 Vaccine

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters, Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods, and Health Minister David Clark today announced a COVID-19 vaccine strategy, which will enable New Zealand scientists to contribute to global research efforts ... More>>

ALSO:

The Dig: Steady State Economics: We’ve Got Some (systems) Thinking To Do

In this time of impending economic and ecological crises, we urgently need to aim for a sustainable or ‘steady state’ economy. In order to get there, we will need to adopt a ‘systems-thinking’ outlook taking into account the interconnections of our complex world.

In short, we’ve got some systems thinking to do... More>>

ALSO:

Election 2020: Parties Get Into gear

The Green Party is pleased to reveal its candidate list for the upcoming election. With a mix of familiar faces and fresh new talent, this exceptional group of candidates are ready to lead the Greens back into Government. Using the most democratic list ... More>>

ALSO:

Insight Into Regenerative Agriculture In New Zealand

There is a fast growing movement in New Zealand that has been happening out in paddocks, fields, gardens and hill country across the nation. It is a movement that holds the promise to reshape our productive land use industries towards systems that work with the natural environment to regenerate the land. The movement is that of regenerative agriculture. More>>

ALSO:

Covid-19: Tracer App Released To Support Contact Tracing

The Ministry of Health has today formally released the NZ COVID Tracer app to support contact tracing in New Zealand. Kiwis who download the app will create a digital diary of the places they visit by scanning QR codes displayed at the entrances to ... More>>

ALSO:


Govt: Deep Concern At Hong Kong National Security Legislation
Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today reiterated the deep concern of the New Zealand Government following confirmation by China’s National People’s Congress of national security legislation relating to Hong Kong.... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels