Long-stand­ing con­trib­u­tor re­tires

Ti­maru’s Peter Shutt has had a long in­volve­ment with NZ Fish­ing News, dat­ing back some 28 years when he was first in­vited to con­trib­ute by the then owner, the late Mike Airey.

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An­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment in late April, Peter has been prom­i­nent in en­sur­ing Main­land is­sues have been aired in a na­tional fo­rum.

Peter was ap­pointed South Is­land Edi­tor and helped the mag­a­zine grow from a newsprint pub­li­ca­tion with just 12 pages of colour to the full-colour, glossy pub­li­ca­tion read­ers en­joy to­day.

A fish­ing guide for a num­ber of years, Peter has been in­volved with the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the sport, serv­ing as the chair­man of the South Can­ter­bury Ac­cli­ma­ti­sa­tion So­ci­ety (the fore­run­ner to the Fish & Game Coun­cils) for 23 years, as well as do­ing a nine-year stint as a na­tional coun­cil­lor.

Peter con­trib­uted not only to this mag­a­zine (where he was in­stru­men­tal in pro­duc­ing a 16-page ‘Main­land Edi­tion’ for some three years), but also as the fish­ing cor­re­spon­dent for the Christchurch Press or seven years and the Ti­maru Her­ald for a mighty 35.5 years, be­fore re­tir­ing in April. There were also pe­ri­ods where he was a weekly con­trib­u­tor to lo­cal and na­tional ra­dio.

A fish­ing guide for many years with a num­ber of reg­u­lar do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional clients, Peter also pub­lished Fish­ing for Trout and Salmon in New Zealand, which sold over 30,000 copies.

Peter has never been afraid to speak out when rep­re­sent­ing the fresh­wa­ter fish­ery, hav­ing wit­nessed first­hand the degra­da­tion of wa­ters while fish­ing most of the trout and salmon fish­eries through­out New Zealand since start­ing fish­ing in 1948.

Some­what iron­i­cally, this start be­gan in less than ‘hon­ourable’ cir­cum­stances.

“My dad got me a li­cence and rod af­ter I was silly enough to have of­fered a freshly-tick­led trout to some­one on the bank ad­mir­ing my skill – which turned out to be the ranger!” Peter re­calls.

“My con­cerns over the years in­clude the in­cred­i­ble amount of chem­i­cal spray­ing around wa­ter­sheds, berms, and in-river, along with the huge dam­age done to water­ways by bull­doz­ers dur­ing the chan­nel­iza­tion process.”

He says it will take many decades for river beds to re-es­tab­lish flows, now fur­ther de­pleted through ex­ces­sive wa­ter con­sents into ar­eas as por­ous as the Can­ter­bury Plains, re­sult­ing in di­min­ish­ing flows that prove in­suf­fi­cient to di­lute the ni­trate and phos­phate leachates.

Peter says he has thor­oughly en­joyed his as­so­ci­a­tion with the mag­a­zine through­out the years.

“It has been a great team to work with, and I will miss the monthly con­tact.”

Edi­tor Grant Dixon says he has al­ways found Peter a great sound­ing board when it came to deal­ing with South Is­land is­sues, es­pe­cially deal­ing with fresh­wa­ter ‘pol­i­tics’.

“These can be a mine­field, but Peter’s ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge could al­ways be re­lied upon to pro­vide a bal­anced view,” Grant says.

The mag­a­zine wishes Peter well in his re­tire­ment and trusts he will now find time to get back into his fish­ing and en­joy trav­el­ling with wife Elaine.

Tak­ing over Peter’s South­ern Cur­rents col­umn place is Bryce Helms, a tackle rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Composite Sports. Bryce’s ter­ri­tory cov­ers the en­tire South Is­land, so he is well placed to bring read­ers the lat­est news and catches from the Main­land.

Ti­maru-based South Is­land Edi­tor Peter Shutt is re­tir­ing af­ter con­tribut­ing to NZ Fish­ing News for 28 years

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