Iwi action appreciated

LETTER

Re: Iwi group to appeal port ruling, September 5 story.

Ian Ruru must be congratulated for continuing the good work his father Bill Ruru dedicated so much time to — protecting marine life for Tairawhiti.

As spokesman for an iwi collective, he gives customary Maori, recreational and commercial fishers hope that our rock lobster breeding nursery inside the inner harbour survives.

For those who don’t know, Bill Ruru created New Zealand’s largest artifical nursery under the wharves, suspended in chambers, where puerulus grow into young lobsters. I myself attended many meetings with Bill Ruru and he left a mark on me towards advocacy.

Today, abundance of this special delicacy around our bay is due to his protective work.

However, the concerns of the iwi group are real. The nursery could be destroyed in two ways.

The habitat under the wharves would end if the wharves were knocked down and replaced without special care.

The second, and most dangerous potential, is that work on the slipway between the river and the inner harbour could change the salinity of the inner harbour, with fresh water overflowing into the rock lobster nursery. Most of us will know, the quickest way to kill crayfish is to put them in fresh water.

The historic rock in this area, where Maori and Pakeha first met, is also extremely significant to Maori and in New Zealand’s foundation.

Congratulations in what you do for us Ian. You are a leader in the preservation of our little bit of paradise, like your late father Bill was, as well as Hone Taumaunu of Whangara and his marine reserve.

Alain Jorion

Recreational fisher, NZ Recreational Fishing Council

Re: Iwi group to appeal port ruling, September 5 story.

Ian Ruru must be congratulated for continuing the good work his father Bill Ruru dedicated so much time to — protecting marine life for Tairawhiti.

As spokesman for an iwi collective, he gives customary Maori, recreational and commercial fishers hope that our rock lobster breeding nursery inside the inner harbour survives.

For those who don’t know, Bill Ruru created New Zealand’s largest artifical nursery under the wharves, suspended in chambers, where puerulus grow into young lobsters. I myself attended many meetings with Bill Ruru and he left a mark on me towards advocacy.

Today, abundance of this special delicacy around our bay is due to his protective work.

However, the concerns of the iwi group are real. The nursery could be destroyed in two ways.

The habitat under the wharves would end if the wharves were knocked down and replaced without special care.

The second, and most dangerous potential, is that work on the slipway between the river and the inner harbour could change the salinity of the inner harbour, with fresh water overflowing into the rock lobster nursery. Most of us will know, the quickest way to kill crayfish is to put them in fresh water.

The historic rock in this area, where Maori and Pakeha first met, is also extremely significant to Maori and in New Zealand’s foundation.

Congratulations in what you do for us Ian. You are a leader in the preservation of our little bit of paradise, like your late father Bill was, as well as Hone Taumaunu of Whangara and his marine reserve.

Alain Jorion

Recreational fisher, NZ Recreational Fishing Council

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