Govt wants to ban Kiwi pastime of whitebaiting

LETTER

The popular pastime of whitebaiting on the East Coast is at risk of being banned if the Minister of Conservation gets her way.

National are concerned that the Minister of Conservation’s ideological views are clouding her judgement again, and that she is attempting to sneakily ban whitebaiting in New Zealand.

Her Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill’s transitional clauses mean that after a year whitebaiting will be prohibited, unless there is specific authorisation to do otherwise.

National will not support the bill through its second reading because we support the whitebaiting community, and do not want to see this traditional Kiwi pastime outlawed.

Our Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie has started a petition to save New Zealand’s whitebaiting industry (www.sarahdowie.national.org.nz/stop_the_whitebaiting_ban).

Whitebaiting is a tradition for many New Zealanders. It puts food on the table, creates livelihoods and is a recreational pastime. Sign our petition and have your voice heard.

Anne Tolley

East Coast MP

The popular pastime of whitebaiting on the East Coast is at risk of being banned if the Minister of Conservation gets her way.

National are concerned that the Minister of Conservation’s ideological views are clouding her judgement again, and that she is attempting to sneakily ban whitebaiting in New Zealand.

Her Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill’s transitional clauses mean that after a year whitebaiting will be prohibited, unless there is specific authorisation to do otherwise.

National will not support the bill through its second reading because we support the whitebaiting community, and do not want to see this traditional Kiwi pastime outlawed.

Our Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie has started a petition to save New Zealand’s whitebaiting industry (www.sarahdowie.national.org.nz/stop_the_whitebaiting_ban).

Whitebaiting is a tradition for many New Zealanders. It puts food on the table, creates livelihoods and is a recreational pastime. Sign our petition and have your voice heard.

Anne Tolley

East Coast MP

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Rodney Barclay, Hastings - 2 months ago
Hope National can hold Eugenie Sage's Indigenous Fresh Water Fish Amendment Bill off until the next election. The Greens are polling under 6 percent and going down the dunny hole at a rate of knots. They are dragging Labour down with them, if the Colmar Brunton polls are correct.

Ex Pat, Bay of Plenty - 2 months ago
Perhaps if the National Govt had done more to protect the whitebaits' habitat in the decade it was in power we wouldn't have a problem. It's easy to sit back and fire bullets now though isn't it! Hypocrisy at its finest!

Inanga - 2 months ago
Totally agree with you expat, whitebaiters aren't catching the same amount of whitebait as they did in the past. The days of catching a tonne of whitebait a day are gone Anne Tolley, gone, and we have to stop or limit the catch.

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