Cone man­age­ment

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The Friends of Maun­gawhau, Ngati Whatua and the EdenAl­bert Com­mu­nity Board took well over 10 years to as­sem­ble ev­i­dence about the dam­age cows did to our her­itage cones.

Af­ter lengthy dis­cus­sion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and af­ter years of cul­ti­vat­ing and then tri­al­ing in­dige­nous veg­e­ta­tion which would not need to be mowed, the ev­i­dence was over­whelm­ing.

Auck­land Coun­cil parks of­fi­cers seemed to have dropped the ball (Cow con­tro­versy, Cen­tral Leader, Au­gust 14).

The suc­cess­ful new cone man­age­ment of Maun­gawhau should have been steadily in­tro­duced to all the cones where it was ap­pro­pri­ate.

Re­new­ing a con­tract on Mt St John which en­trenched the for­mer out­dated man­age­ment regime is just wrong.

I ap­plaud the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man and Ngati Whatua for con­tin­u­ing to en­sure our cones are not de­stroyed for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. shape than we found it so his kids can en­joy it too.

What we can’t abide is the idea that Big Brother Govern­ment is go­ing to dras­ti­cally cut the quota for recre­ational fish­ers in ‘‘Snap­per 1’’ (Bay of Plenty to North Cape) while leav­ing fish­ing com­pa­nies’ quota un­changed.

Or worse, once they have screwed down the recre­ational from 9 to 3, giv­ing the com­mer­cial guys the lion’s share of fu­ture quota in­creases. And how many de­cent fish are go­ing to be hooked and re­turned – many much the worse for wear – if all of us keep hop­ing that ‘‘the big one’’ will be one of only three we get to keep?

Or, they say, they might in­crease the min­i­mum le­gal size from 27 to 35cm.

That’s a huge jump, and we all know a heck of a lot of pan­nies will fall into that gap. Labour be­lieves: Ev­ery Kiwi has the right

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.