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ELLINGTON FISH & GAME COUNCIL IS
a proud supporter of youth angling and
junior recruitment initiatives. Part of the
wider junior angling programme we oversee is
Fish in Schools – a scheme whereby select schools
throughout the region rear their own trout from
eggs (ova) for release.
Currently we have seven schools participating,
an increase after a highly successful pilot scheme
Wellington Fish & Game is seeking further
expressions of interest from schools looking to
get involved. We provided all the equipment and
trout ova, and expertise (including a trout-rearing
manual and curriculum development guidelines),
so there is no onus on the teachers or students
T’S BEING LABELLED EVERYTHING FROM A
‘lemon’ to a ‘make work scheme for dam promot-
ers’, yet taxpayer and ratepayer money continues
to be poured into progressing a large scale irrigation
scheme in Wairarapa.
Recall that the proposed dam was damned by numer-
ous independent experts even before the dairy crash.
Since then, and despite the dam being based on doubling
dairy in the region, Wairarapa Water (formerly Wairara-
pa Water Use Project) has been handed $805,000 from
the Government, plus $20,000 from Masterton district
ratepayers, and $10,000 each from Carterton and South
TROUT EGGS BEING PACKAGED
UP FOR DELIVERY TO WELLINGTON
other than feeding the fry (juvenile trout) and
keeping their tank clean.
There are endless routes down which teachers
can take students’ learning based on raising
the trout, but we encourage lessons on the
environmental requirements of the fish i.e . the
importance of good water quality and quantity.
We hope that by learning about the conditions
trout need to survive, students will develop an
affinity for these valued species and learn about
the current threats to the waterways they inhabit.
The programme has proved hugely popular
and successful so Wellington Fish & Game is
scoping potential for extending it to other schools.
If you are interested, please contact the office on
HUTT RIVER STILL A STAND-OUT
FISH IN SCHOOLS
WELLINGTON 2016 SUPPLEMENT
YES, IT’S THE BUZZ-WORD DOING THE ROUNDS AT THE MOMENT
– collaboration – and it is being sold to us as the “fairest” means of
sorting disputes surrounding our finite freshwater resource.
Right now it’s unfolding in our region too, with regional councils using
catchment-based committees to preside over the apportioning of fresh-
water in catchments in the Wellington region – including to what degree
some waterways are allowed to degrade.
At face value ‘collaboration’ seems like a good idea, having “all the
parties” around the table, nutting out a way forward. However, there are
significant concerns at how these processes are run. The make-up of
those participating in the ‘process’ tend to be primary industry heavy with
essentially laypeople (albeit educated) being asked to make decisions on
complex and highly technical matters well beyond their level of formal
training, or expertise.
Some process issues are also concerning, if not undemocratic.
There have been simply too many examples of large consignments
of technical papers being distributed to ‘stakeholders’ only hours before
the meeting in anticipation of ‘meaningful’ input and discussion. The fi-
nal outputs are often on such a tight timeframe that it puts huge time
resource commitments and pressure on all participants. It is a given that
rushed decisions invariably equate to poor decisions.
Our chief concern, however, is that we have little faith that these pro-
cesses are going to protect water quality and, subsequently, the fragile but
highly-valued fisheries such as those in the Wairarapa catchment.
Our worries are corroborated by Lincoln University senior lecturer
Ann Brower. In a recent paper published in the NZ Journal of Ecology
she concludes that, because collaborative governance in this country is
not bound by strong and unambiguous national regulation, it “favours
resource development interests over conservation”.
HUTT RIVER TROUT
JUST KEEP GETTING
BIGGER AND BETTER
HOW WILL THE WAIRARAPA TROUT FISHERIES
FARE FROM A PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN
DOMINATED BY PRIMARY INDUSTRY?
HE 2016 DRIFT DIVE SURVEYS OF THE HUTT RIVER
showed numbers down slightly on the previous year’s
massive count of 81 fish per kilometre, but at 55 large trout
per kilometre it is still an outstanding urban fishery.
And, as we’ve reported, the condition factor continues to get
better and better each year.
This makes the Hutt River an absolute standout fishery, not just
for the lucky Wellington anglers who have this resource on their
doorstep, but nationally it is right up there with the best.
Despite these high trout numbers though, the Hutt is not an
easy river to fish and takes some years to crack.
In a bid to bridge the gap between struggling newbie Hutt River
anglers and the seasoned stalwarts, Wellington Fish & Game is in
the process of developing some resources to successfully tackle
These funding decisions from the aforementioned
local bodies were made despite some councillors clear-
ly conflicted given they have land likely to be serviced
by irrigation water supply. Aside from the mounting fi-
nancial impost on Wellington ratepayers, Fish & Game
is concerned about the environmental impact of the
proposed scheme, in particular the adverse impacts
twice as many dairy cows will have on water quality
in the Ruamahanga mainstem, and how the proposed
draw-off from the highly-regarded Waingawa and Wai-
ohine rivers will affect these fisheries.
THE RUAMAHANGA IS ONE OF MANY WATERWAYS
THREATENED BY GREATER WELLINGTON REGIONAL
COUNCIL’S IRRIGATION DAM
DAM PLAN POURS GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD
this renowned trout hotspot.
We’re currently designing a ‘How-to’ information guide as a
DLE pamphlet that, it is envisaged, will be supported by a suite
of multimedia material too. Look out for this in tackle stores
from pre-Christmas onwards... just in time to get into some of
the best angling the Hutt offers.
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