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Frank Murphy

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I have read some rubbish and seen some stupid decisions in my time at Motu, in respect of the Motu river.

I have fished and hunted the whole of the Motu catchment for many years, having operated in the past, in the live deer capture days, a helicopter base (six helicopters) for eight years and an international trout fishing lodge for 25 years. I would be surprised if anyone knows the Motu river, from its source to the sea, as well as I do.

This GDC decision to prosecute a Matawai farmer for, in their opinion, damaging a small creek (it is not a spawning creek, too small) is in my view petty and just another waste of ratepayers’ money.

For many years I have been, for GDC, a notifiable person for local rivers under the Resource Management Act. (I wonder why I was ignored this time.)

About eight years ago I was asked to attend an application under the Act (to save a woolshed) for significant work on the Motu river. Part of this work was on a section of the same farm (different owners then) 500 yards above the small creek they are prosecuting the current owner on.

The work back then entailed digging a huge channel and diverting the entire Motu River for a couple of hundred yards. This work would have put more sediment into the Motu river than the small creek in the court case would have done since it was created. The river ran dirty for a fortnight.

This work that I was involved in actually brought about one of the best fishing beats on the Motu river, favoured for many years by international anglers. It was proper use of the Resource Management Act.

The downstream farmers in the case of the remedial work I was involved in were OK with it. I wonder if they was consulted before the prosecution this time.

While I am on the subject of stupid decisions in respect of the Motu river, I would like to point out a fact to the approx. 3000 trout licence holders in the region: GDC is forcing the local farmers to fence the river off to all stock (a national policy).

That in itself is not the issue. What I do see as a future issue, especially for kids, is there appears to have been no GDC consultation in respect of paying affected farmers for access gates etc.

Will they permit access? There is no Queen’s Chain or legal access on the Motu river. If farmers (as is their right) put up, as is currently happening, a six-wire 5000 volt electric fence, in practical terms they will shut off the whole upper Motu river. You can’t get over it and can’t get under it.

I think I better stand for this ward in the coming elections . . .

I have read some rubbish and seen some stupid decisions in my time at Motu, in respect of the Motu river.

I have fished and hunted the whole of the Motu catchment for many years, having operated in the past, in the live deer capture days, a helicopter base (six helicopters) for eight years and an international trout fishing lodge for 25 years. I would be surprised if anyone knows the Motu river, from its source to the sea, as well as I do.

This GDC decision to prosecute a Matawai farmer for, in their opinion, damaging a small creek (it is not a spawning creek, too small) is in my view petty and just another waste of ratepayers’ money.

For many years I have been, for GDC, a notifiable person for local rivers under the Resource Management Act. (I wonder why I was ignored this time.)

About eight years ago I was asked to attend an application under the Act (to save a woolshed) for significant work on the Motu river. Part of this work was on a section of the same farm (different owners then) 500 yards above the small creek they are prosecuting the current owner on.

The work back then entailed digging a huge channel and diverting the entire Motu River for a couple of hundred yards. This work would have put more sediment into the Motu river than the small creek in the court case would have done since it was created. The river ran dirty for a fortnight.

This work that I was involved in actually brought about one of the best fishing beats on the Motu river, favoured for many years by international anglers. It was proper use of the Resource Management Act.

The downstream farmers in the case of the remedial work I was involved in were OK with it. I wonder if they was consulted before the prosecution this time.

While I am on the subject of stupid decisions in respect of the Motu river, I would like to point out a fact to the approx. 3000 trout licence holders in the region: GDC is forcing the local farmers to fence the river off to all stock (a national policy).

That in itself is not the issue. What I do see as a future issue, especially for kids, is there appears to have been no GDC consultation in respect of paying affected farmers for access gates etc.

Will they permit access? There is no Queen’s Chain or legal access on the Motu river. If farmers (as is their right) put up, as is currently happening, a six-wire 5000 volt electric fence, in practical terms they will shut off the whole upper Motu river. You can’t get over it and can’t get under it.

I think I better stand for this ward in the coming elections . . .

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