Streams offer nice surprise
four years, with a ‘‘ski kindy’’ for three and four-year-olds that mixes day care with lessons.
Children over seven can switch to snowboarding if they wish.
Canterbury is spoilt for choice, be it a ski day trip close to home, regular kids activities at the weekend or a week-long family holiday in Queenstown or Wanaka.
Cantabrians really are best placed to enjoy snow sports on the South Island, and for a fraction of the cost to Europeans.
More than 100 salmon spawned in the south branch of the Ohape Stream, near Winchester, last month. That’s a huge increase over any previous year.
It’s thought to have resulted from a salmon egg implantation programme initiated by a couple of keen salmon anglers some three or four years ago.
A similar surprise has greeted North Canterbury Fish and Game staff at the spring-fed Waikuku Stream that feeds the Ashley River.
After identifying good salmon catches in the area during the angling season, and higher-thannormal spawning rates in lowland streams, fishery officers did a spot check and found about 35 salmon and as many redds. The Geraldine Cinema was packed last week for a four-hour meeting on water issues.
I think it was the most productive meeting on water quality issues since the days when Murray Rodgers, chairman of the Water Rights Trust, addressed Ecan on the subject – that was a decade ago.
Panellists were Dr Mike Joy (Massey University scientist and freshwater ecologist), Willy Leferink (Federated Farmers dairy chairman), Dr Alistair Humphrey (Canterbury medical officer of health), John Donkers (chairman Irrigation NZ), Geoff Simmons (economist with The Morgan Foundation), and moderator Jane Demeter (a member of the Canterbury Water Management Committee).
People came from as far as Christchurch, Timaru and Fairlie, and this shows the public is reacting after many years of effort by the Canterbury Water Management Strategy.
There were few anglers. Just half the audience claimed to have attended any previous water meeting, and so, in initiating the meeting, the Orari River Protection Committee was clearly fulfilling an important public role.
I know that many anglers consider the politics of fishing an abomination, but you ignore them at your peril.
The importance of water quality and water quantity is at the very heart of everything an angler seeks.
I’m sure you want fishable water in the streams and rivers that you frequent.
I’m equally sure you would want that water to be clean enough for your family to swim in, and safe enough for you to wetwade without attracting a harmful rash.
Final act: Adying hen salmon over her redd in the Waikuku Stream.
Snow thrills: Noah, Isaac and Eli Breitnauer in the snow in Britain last year. They have moved toNewZealand and this year will enjoy the snow at local skifields.