Mixed messages from government departments is causing confusion among whitebaiters about whether they are allowed to fish.
Department of Conservation (DOC) media and communications manager Bronwyn Saunders told the Whakatane Beacon that whitebaiting was not permitted under alert level 4, while police appear to have given it their blessing. …
“As the government health orders are focused around encouraging people to stay home, and only leave for essential food shopping and healthcare, and that any exercise needs to local and low risk, it is clear that whitebaiting is not permissible,” Saunders said. …
The DOC website also lists whitebaiting as one of the activities that is not allowed under alert level 3 yet it is listed on the government’s Covid-19 website as a permitted activity at this level. …
According to police, whitebaiters are not breaking any rules.
Senior Sergeant Al Fenwick said the best information police had was that whitebaiting, or food gathering in a safe manner, was above board. He said police were taking a commonsense approach to the activity.
As long as there were no bubbles breached, people were staying close to home, not travelling to participate in whitebaiting and were keeping safe on land — the activity was permitted.
This would continue to be their approach, although he warned that could change. …
“If members of the public are concerned that someone is not following the rules, breaches can be reported to the Covid-19 Compliance Centre through covid19.govt.nz and dealt with accordingly.” …
On the government’s Covid-19 website, people are asked not to go swimming, surfing, boating, hunting or do any other outdoor activities at alert level 4 where they could get injured or lost. Whitebaiting or other land-based fishing is not specifically mentioned.
The website does say whitebaiting is permitted during alert level 3.
At this level, fishers are asked to fish locally, stay two metres from other river users and not to use motorised vehicles to get to their fishing spot.
They legally must also comply with all current whitebait regulations, including only fishing from the bank of rivers or the water’s edge, not entering the water and not using a boat to fish.
Remember: tomorrow Saturday, 05 June 2021 at 1.30 pm the Launch of Awa Pukapuka. (Fingers crossed for fine weather). Come along and enjoy a glass of wine or juice and a small snack. Say Kia ora to your neighbours!
Folks, someone has put a trampoline on the basketball court at Hank Edwards Reserve. See photo. This was reported by contractors to Horowhenua District Council who have asked me to follow-up with the Waikawa Beach community.
This poses two health and safety risks: wind could pick it up and blow it around; someone could fall from the trampoline to the concrete and suffer bad injuries.
Does anyone know who put it there?
Is anyone willing to remove it promptly and either keep or store it until the owners turn up?
The Horowhenua District Council will take it away very soon if it isn’t removed and store it at their yard until someone owns up to it.
If you remove it or know anything please either comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org as I’ve been asked to report back to Horowhenua District Council on this query.
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