The regulations around whitebaiting are changing, starting with the 2021 season. A few highlights below, but if you are a whitebaiter read the whole item at source.
Changes to whitebaiting regulations will improve the sustainability of threatened species, while ensuring that Kiwis can continue the tradition of catching a feed in their local river into the future, Acting Conservation Minister Dr Ayesha Verrall says. …
The planned changes fit with the Government’s manifesto commitment to protect, preserve and restore our natural heritage and biodiversity. They address identified issues and focus on practicality and common sense and follow two years of engagement, including consultation on proposed regulations which attracted over 11,500 submissions. …
Changes will be phased in over three seasons …
2021 season, changes will include:
Fishing will be prohibited within 20 metres of structures such as weirs and groynes where fish congregate.
The maximum incursion of fishing gear (excluding stands) into a waterway, will be one-quarter of its width, nationwide.
2022 season, changes will include:
The season to shorten to 1 Sept – 30 October for all New Zealand
Did you see the total lunar eclipse the other night? Daniel Anderson posted a photo on the Waikawa Beach Facebook page and gave permission for it to be posted here as well.
At first when the Moon rose it was so bright you could hardly see any stars.
It takes our eyes quite a while to adjust to darkness after being in the light — up to 30 minutes. After being in a lit room, give your eyes half an hour or so before you can see all the stars the dark sky has to offer.
Gradually though, with the moon’s light dimming, more and more stars were visible. By the time of the total eclipse, around 11.15 pm, the Moon was barely to be seen but the Milky Way was phenomenally bright!
We’re so lucky here at the beach to have amazingly dark skies — it’s a rare treasure in this brightly lit world.
We can all play a part in preserving this taonga by keeping outdoor lights pointed at the ground, and turning them off when they’re not needed.
It with great sadness that we advise the Waikawa Beach community that Elaine White passed away last Sunday.
Our deepest condolences go to her family and friends.
As Treasurer Elaine kept the finances in perfect order for the Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association since 01 January 2013. She will be sorely missed by her many friends and acquaintances in this community.