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April 2019 Issue 163


Salmon Season a Struggle

Deano delivers pg 12

Charles Smith with a good season starter

 Kaikoura Blues  Rutting Stags

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MARINTEC Dave James TIMEZERO technology cutting edge

PC Navigation systems have been around for years, and there are many options on the market, but I am only going to highlight one system because, while I usually try to remain agnostic and unbiased, this is a system I LOVE—and TIMEZERO Professional (TZ PRO) software is New Zealand’s most popular PC fishing software programme.

TZ PRO has long been desired by fishers for its 2D and 3D bathymetry; the ability to make and record your own seabed maps as you cover fishing grounds, and see them live or review later in 2D and 3D views. This is achieved by connecting to existing compatible vessel’s sounder and GPS technology.

TIMEZERO is so named, because the chart engine is very fast; there is no waiting for the system to redraw or catch up. TZ PRO is an excellent Navigation suite but is also actionpacked with fishing tools, but before we go into them in detail, they can be configured to your needs or application. What do I mean?

Another popular feature is the free weather service: weather reports are free, you just need an internet connection to download them. Forecasts can be completely customized and include data such as sea surface temperature, pressure, wind, altimetry, air temp, clouds, rain/snow etcetera.

How often do you buy complex technology and ask yourself, “I wish they had an easier model?” Problem solved: TIMEZERO can be customized.

Here at Marintec we can assist in configuring an appropriate level of functions to suit our clients’ specific needs—we can turn on/off options, which includes the tools, the modes, and the displays. But wait there’s more. We can even make ‘individual logins’ for the same vessel, so different users can have different configurations/settings to suit them individually (some like it simple, some like all the bells and whistles). Saves a lot of arguing!

TIMEZERO is half owned by Japanese powerhouse FURUNO, so it is no surprise that they collaborate very closely on codevelopment. This means there are a myriad of FURUNO sensors that can be integrated to the TZ PRO: RADAR, AIS, ECHOSOUNDER etcetera. FURUNO has even added a device (BBDS1) that can be interfaced to TZ PRO to show SEABED HARDNESS! What really has heads spinning is the ability to integrate to MULTIBEAM acoustic systems such as FURUNO DFF3D (medium resolution) and WASSP F3 (high resolution), which allow you to overlay high quality seabed mapping on the TZ PRO, either as a dedicated view or in an overlay on the plotter. The data is amazingly accurate (especially WASSP), and really allows fishers to target grounds like never before. Gaining popularity on larger craft is the integration of network video cameras and even thermal imagers. Up to four cameras can be added, and one of these can display augmented reality (camera with AIS/ARPA targets overlaid on the video feed).

I have not really focused on the TZ PRO Navigation basics here but, yes, you get AIS and ARPA target tracking capability. You have the choice of Jeppesen (C-Map), Navionics, S57 (Approved) and a myriad of other charts formats—and a ton of other features too numerous to mention in this brief article.

There was a time when TZ PRO was purely for the commercial fishery, but it is now much more common to see it being installed on leisure craft. The system does need a quality computer with a dedicated graphics card. Installation on smaller craft is no problem: Marintec can supply appropriate fixed fanless computers with solid state drives to handle the rigours at sea, or for the upwardly mobile, the TZ PRO system can be installed on suitable laptop too. TZ PRO is very powerful, and up to three display monitors can be connected if desired. Each display can be customized to show single, dual 3-way or 4-way split, as required. Marintec can easily convert and import data (waypoints/marks) from most existing conventional brands, making the migration from traditional plotter to PC easier. A function we like is the ability for clients to create keyboard shortcuts, which means you can perform a specific function at the press of a button. This is a very powerful tool if you don’t have the time to be going through

menus on the fly. You can use a regular keyboard, or Marintec also offer a custom 24key waterproof keyboard solution. On 16 April, TIMEZERO will release their keenly anticipated new Version 4.0— packed full of new features, including high resolution oceanographic/weather service, particle weather animation, automated cloud database backup service and many other new enhancements. The best just keeps getting better!

Yes, there is a lot to take in. That’s why we love the programme: start basic, and then add features and functions as you feel comfortable, and as budget allows. Marintec also provide an optional (paid) user training service. When we sell a package, we will usually include a few hours free tuition. Training can be provided over the internet via a programme called Teamviewer, so we can train you in the comfort of your own home/office/vessel, wherever you may be , provided you have a good internet connection. This allows users to get the best out of the package. Contact us at Marintec to learn more about TZ PRO or receive a demo. Happy Safe Boating!


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‘Bloody Hopeless’ snags snapper

Sleep-deprived Liam Cumming's snapper

Terry Julian

Sometimes it’s bloody impossible to get him out of bed, especially on a Sunday morning. He loves fishing, which should be incentive enough, but sleep is a greater passion where he is concerned. Not that he’s lazy—not by any stretch. Liam Cumming is a scaffolder and works all the hours, so come Sunday he’s knackered. But then I’m his grandad so it’s my privilege get the little bugger out of bed at an ungodly hour, even if it is like taking a toothpick to a paua. I’m on first name basis with all my grandkids and they with me; he calls me Terry and I call him bloody hopeless! Well, he did sleep for the first two hours of our little foray into Tasman Bay and only half mumbled himself awake as the hours stretched toward dawn. At 8.55am things were looking grim so I made an announcement that seemed to brighten his day:

up fish on demand. The clocked ticked. (Actually it didn’t—it was digital but I put that in there for effect). Then, exactly as the metaphorical Big Hand hit 9, the Shinobi reel squealed shrilly and the rod thumped over. Liam had caught the odd snapper before, mainly ‘pannies’ up to 8lb or so, but was yet to get his teeth into a fillet that would choke him. He came alight as the reel hummed and he set about playing the fish like a…. bloody idiot. He had no idea. In his excitement, his action was all wrong so I counselled him to calm down and ease into the fish, which had galloped off on a hell of a run. “Take your time and let the fish tire itself out.” Then he hit his straps and was quickly playing it like a pro.

“We’ll give it another ten minutes and if nothing happens, we’re out of here.”

“It’s coming up easy now,” he grinned with confidence, but was he in for another surprise. When that big ol’ snapper saw the boat, it motored off to the bottom, melting line like butter.

We’d been fishing a single hook strayline in 20m, with the smallest weight I could get away with. I never use berley and prefer to fish a spot through the tide, letting the fish find me. Liam had not fished with really light tackle yet and I’d hoped this day would be a good try out for him, but you just can’t dial

Liam was playing it smoothly now and eventually won the upper hand. As we saw colour, his eyes bloody near popped out of his head—he was gobsmacked. Me? I felt bloody good too. He deserved to get a good fish and, at 82cm, it was well over 20lb. Worth waking up for.


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Bevan bumped by a whisker

“I’ve entered us in the Snapper Cup!” my husband Bevan exclaimed one sunny afternoon. Us referring to both of us and our two daughters Skye, seven-yearsold and Kaylin, four. Good luck getting them out of bed at 4.00am, I thought to myself.

we tied on a few lures and steamed over to where birds were sporadically feeding. Kaylin’s line was hit and she brought in a decent 30cm mackerel, so a hook was threaded through its back and live bait it became. Not more than 20 minutes later the rod tip bent over and the reel starting humming. Bevan was quick to grab the rod and it became immediately apparent he had something substantial on the other end. After a decent fight, and held breaths, he landed a 12.5kg kingi. High fives and wahoos echoed round the boat. It was nice to have a reasonable sized fish in the boat on competition day!

Sure enough, alarms went off a couple of weeks later and three bleary-eyed girls crawled out of bed and into the car at 5.00am.

As it turned out, we could’ve all had a sleep in, as the secret spot we fished proved far too secret even for the snapper. After catching nothing but a couple of sharks, we tried closer to Delaware Bay and tuned into the marine radio. Turned out nobody was having much luck with the elusive snapper, so we decided to change tactics and try for a gurnard. A couple of 25cm ‘tiddlers’ were flicked back into the ocean and a few more sharks and a barracuda were caught. 

Lines were dropped back in the water and we trolled through the lazy birds again and Skye brought in a few 20cm kahawai, which Bevan claimed for bait for his next fishing trip.  Once again, Kaylin provided us with another good size mackerel, so I sent the live bait out and the poor little fella was smashed and another great size kingfish was hauled into the boat by

Thinking our chances of a spot prize were looking a bit more likely than an average weight snapper,

Angela Middlebrook

yours truly. Totally stoked to have landed my first kingy above 75cm and to have a competition entry. I posed for the obligatory dead fish pic, quickly bled it, and got it on ice. Pretty happy with our haul, we headed in for weighin at 4.00pm. My kingi was weighed at 9.2kg and Bevan’s at 12.5kg.  He was pretty stoked to see he was well in the running for the heaviest kingfish prize, a new Shimano fishing rod, as there was only a couple of other small kingies on the ice.  At precisely 4.56pm four minutes until weigh-in closed - a guy with a huge chilly bin with a long yellow tail sticking out rocked up and showed us all up with a whopping 14.5kg kingi.  Needless to say, Bevan was a tad disappointed, then seeing there was no entry for the junior heaviest kahawai, Bevan fetched Skye’s small one he’d kept for bait 

Angela's kingi, livebait still in its mouth!

Low and behold, Skye was awarded first prize for her category and took home a bag of goodies, including a new rod, lures, and a $50 voucher.

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A question of perspective

Jim McNabb

A quick read of a post on my Facebook page last December sparked Crimpy to ask if I could elaborate more with a few lines for The Fishing Paper & Hunting News.


The subject of the post was about a day fishing in Tasman Bay. It came about because Colin Goldthorpe and his wife Pippa were visiting from Hawea and I had promised to take Colin out to fish for snapper, which was not on the hit list for Stewart Island and Fiordland, where he usually fishes. Kaye and I had met them when we were grouped together on a tour of Peru and Galapagos. Such groupings can be disastrous or they can be great. We struck the latter. It transpired there was just the four of us on the tour of Peru and during that time we discovered we had lots in common and became great friends.

Jim's starting to look like the Codfather

The four of us and our guide on the highest part of the INCA trail in 2015

Colin and I both loved fishing and hunting and since the tour we have shared several trips in each others area. We have stayed at their home in Lake Hawea and I have been goat shooting and fishing there. We have also visited Stewart Island with Colin and spent a few days touring the island fishing and deerstalking,

albeit unsuccessfully. Colin even took us to a beach, where we were able to observe kiwis feeding. Colin and Pippa visited us and we took Colin on the Goose Hunt in Molesworth, pheasant hunting, and fishing.

boat out to deeper water off Pepin Island. We each caught a snapper. Colin was very happy to make a fight of it and land his on a light rod. The set line was not so productive but produced another good snapper.

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Snapper tugs at heart strings Maurice Keats

In early January, my wife and I spent a week fishing out of Havelock.

The first few days did not go well, with hot sunny days, gusty north westerlies, and little tide flow. We have been fishing this area for around 20 years and this did not come as a surprise, with lots of boats on the water and conditions not ideal for catching snapper. Finally, on the third day, the morning was overcast and the tide running in our favour. We anchored in the Kenepuru at Spot X, set up a nice berley trial, and cast out several stray line rigs. After an hour or so, we hooked up and landed a nice 10lb

snapper, an excellent fish and dinner for that night.

Ten minutes later we had a massive run and, bang, a hook up. This time the fish was really strong and made several big runs. Given that I always fish with 20lb mono and lighter gear (a Penn 965 on an ABU Garcia Veritas rod), my heart was pumping—the fight began. I handed the rod to my wife but, with no gimbal, she struggled to manage the strength of the fish, so reluctantly (not really) I took over. After a few more runs and the typical nodding, we saw a large fish close to the boat and it was now at the critical stage—netting it…But it had other plans.

A few more powerful runs… and then it was finally in the net. I kid you not, but my wife struggled to lift the net into the boat. The joy was soon passed when we noticed the fish had swallowed both hooks and bleeding a lot. I cut the line and put it back in the net and water, but it was still bleeding and showing no response. It would never have survived, so back into the boat (bugger). The snapper weighed in at 23lb a beautiful fish but I would have enjoyed the experience more if the fish was released in good condition.

Maurice would have liked to release this big one

Another good snapper followed and that was enough for the day.

Mouthing trout a luring moment A small bee plummeted into the water only a few metres in front of us—the perfect trout snack . For sure something would take it. We stood under the towering shade of a willow tree, fixated on the vibrating bee. Then out of nowhere we heard a massive splash 40 metres upstream. We glanced at each other and without talking, knew exactly what to do. Three idiots shot upstream to discover a huge hole. I was quick to fling a lure across the hole, which landed with a quiet splash under a willow on the other side.

Daymon and Daniel's trout on display

The three of us lay there on the banks of the Pelorus River around a half-out pile of glowing embers, giving us just enough light to make out each others faces, all of which were gazing up at the stars in awe. Brimming with excitement for what the next day had in store, we struggled to sleep but eventually got there, each dreaming of massive trout.

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We wasted no time in rolling up our mats and sleeping bags, and set off upstream to start our adventure. The morning was slow to

I woke to the calming


sound of nature; a light breeze rustling through the trees, not enough to irritate me but enough to notice, combined with the choir of birds, who were singing to their hearts content and we had a perfect song.

start and, after Daymon and I only managed to land two tiny rainbow trout in the first three hours, we packed it in and popped into Havelock for some much needed grub. We returned to the river, well fed and ready to fish. The sun was in full swing and had no problem burning our backs to the bone. We knew there would be no trout feeding in this heat, or so we thought.



“Perfect cast, beat that!” I bragged. I turned to Daymon, only to see his rod doubled over and his reel screaming, but he stood no chance, as the fish managed to find a sharp underwater rock ledge… ping… “Bugger!” Suddenly, I caught a glimpse of something darting through the water—five trout were competing for my lure, all following it curiously.

Daniel Crimp

I noticed a school of ten others in the background; this was heaven. By the time I had hooked and lost two, Daymon had rigged up a new lure and hooked another beast, only to be smoked on the same rock. I could see the frustration boiling in the group as we still went without a fish. About ten minutes passed with no takes but plenty of follows, when one silly trout decided to lash out at Daymon’s lure. Unfortunately, it headed straight for the sharp rocky ledge. “Here we go agai…” Before I could finish my sentence, Daymon launched himself off the rock, frantically winding the slack line as he plummeted into the water. Chad and I watched in amazement as he fought the fish while treading water, but what amazed us most was, he managed to get it close enough to grab the trace!

However, the best part was yet to come. While making his way back to the bank, the fish made one last ditch attempted to spit the hook— and it succeeded. The trout flapped on the surface for a second, about to bolt, then, without hesitation, Daymon shot forward and bit down on the fish! What a sight to behold, rod in one hand and a fish in his mouth—high fives all round. After that the flood gates opened, trout after trout, including all three of us hooking up at the same time and frantically running over and under each others’ lines, trying to avoid a tangle. We ended the trip with a total of 10 rainbows and two browns landed, and too many lost to count, as well as a lovely burnt pink back, which Mum and Dad were not too happy about. (Ed’s replies: Leave me out of it son, your mother did all the squealing. I just thought, ‘Chip off the old block.’)


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Kaikoura scuba blues

When the boat is already in-tow arriving at work you know an after-work adventure is on the cards.

Just before knock off, we filled the dive tanks with a little more juice and then hit the road. Boat ramp bound,

Anton was straight onto the bugs

Dire Straits blasting through the speakers, and a summer evening crowning the day, where would you rather be?

The 6.1m Frewza was the perfect platform to dive from, boasting ample room for all the gear, which was getting a final check over. Anton and

I flipped overboard and started a descent down a mate’s craypot line. When diving in open water, like we were, it always pays to have a good boatman and marker reference.

Bryn Williams


Bryn sings the blues

Because of the hazy water colour, I was sceptical as to how the dive would unfold. Reaching the bottom, the water cleaned up nicely and after a quick buddy check, Anton was straight into the crays. His dive torch lit up crevices and caves that seldom see any light, exposing clusters of crayfish. My attention however, was elsewhere. The longer we blew bubbles and stirred up the bottom, the more curious blue cod found us. A big blue cod swam in and began to eye me down. Not a wise move when staring down the barrel of a speargun. Letting rip, I was taken back by the dull shade of greeny-blue blood that escaped the fish. “Man these fish are weird,”

I thought to myself. The next cod had the same attribute and that’s when it clicked. At depth, one of the first colours you lose in the light spectrum is red.

We were, however, diving a heavily pressured area after the hectic holiday season. Still, I managed to secure a couple of crayfish before it was time to ascend.

Securing enough cod for a decent feed, I hunted the ledges for a few crayfish, finding a heap of smaller ones but disappointed in the lack of good-sized bucks.

Back on the boat we exchanged our catchbag, ‘show and tell’ stories, and cruised in shallow so the boatman could nail a few butterfish for himself.

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National blue cod strategy Marty Bowers—Senior Fisheries Analyst , Inshore Fisheries Management The consultation on the first round of proposals from the National Blue Cod Strategy closed in late March. We had an excellent level of engagement, with over 900 submissions received. Most proposals were widely supported, including the traffic light system for recreational daily bag limits. As expected, the question about where the daily bag limits should sit was the most contentious, and there were mixed views on the proposal that blue cod be landed in a measurable state. The next step for Fisheries New Zealand is to develop our advice for the Minister of Fisheries. By the time this article is published we will have met with the stakeholder advisory group to discuss the results from the consultation process and be preparing our final advice. A stock assessment for Southland blue cod (BCO5) is currently underway. As a result, it is likely we will be consulting on changes to the total allowable catch settings for the October sustainability round. The Southland blue cod fishery is the largest commercial fishery in the

country as well as supporting a growing recreational harvest. While not directly part of the National Blue Cod Strategy, electronic reporting and geospatial position reporting is coming into force in the commercial blue cod fishery in 2019. The biggest change in the blue cod space is that blue cod potters will be required to report to an accuracy of two nautical miles. Previously they were only required to report to a much larger statistical area. Finer scale reporting will give us a much more accurate spatial picture of commercial fishing effort. Electronic reporting coming for all commercial fisheries Fisheries New Zealand is working to modernise and improve how our fisheries information is gathered. By the end of this year, all commercial fishers will be reporting what they catch and where they catch it through electronic devices—a major shift from the current slow and error prone process of paperbased returns. The work’s being done by Fisheries New Zealand’s digital monitoring team, and Director Kevin

McEvoy says the move will provide better, near real-time information for more responsive fisheries management decisions, and improved science and research.

Fisher with E-logbook

“We know that New Zealanders and consumers from around the world want confidence that fish from our waters are being managed and caught sustainability. Electronic reporting will give us much better information about what is being caught commercially and where that activity is taking place.” Deepwater trawlers over 28 metres long have been reporting their catch and position electronically since October 2017. Now all remaining commercial fishers are joining them in a staged introduction of electronic reporting that began in January this year, and will be complete by December 2019. Kevin (McEvoy) says catch reporting can be done in a variety of ways, such as using an e-logbook on a laptop (for fishers with a dry wheelhouse), a ruggedized

tablet (for fishers more exposed to the elements), through a cell phone app, or on a specialised device. Position reporting will involve a transmitter sending location information automatically once turned on. “We appreciate this is a big change for fishers. To help them make the switch we’ve held 25 workshops

around the country to talk through what it means for them, and we’ve had technology providers along to demonstrate how their devices work. “We’ve also developed a range of resources to support fishers, such as a ‘how-to’ video and a flip-book that covers the reporting process for all fishing methods. We’ve been sharing these

at workshops and they’re available on our website.” Kevin (McEvoy) said hundreds of fishers had attended the workshops, and the digital monitoring team would continue to provide support as electronic reporting is rolled out through the year. Find out more about electronic reporting: www.

Rob caught the big one today.

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Don’t be like Rob.


Coutta’s Cut: Four dickheads and a boat ‘Lynne the Ruthless’ and I recently did our annual trek to Houhora in the far north, our sixth visit to this magnificent part of our country. We actually found the place by accident. On our first trip we had made no bookings and intended staying on the 90 Mile at Ahipara. No vacancies so we kept going and came across a neat little motel at Pukenui, where we’ve stayed ever since. On our first four trips we spent time fishing the 90 Mile, or off the Houhora commercial wharf, where I managed a 12kg kingy on a live piper connected to a surf rod. The locals on the wharf were brilliant and gave me all the space and advice I needed. We were going home the next day so I took what we needed for a meal and gave the rest to them. Nice people. After a few years I convinced ‘Lynne the Ruthless’ we needed a tinny so we could fish the Houhora estuary and the Tauranga Harbour locally. “They’re too bloody small,” she said. I reminded her when we lived in the Northern Territory, I used to go for miles in a 12ft tinny. She

told me to stop being a dickhead—I was 40 years younger then. So, against her advice I bought one. The first trip with the tinny had mixed results. Unloading it, I tripped over the outboard I had put on the ground and the tinny beach trailer landed on top of my leg. Two hours of abuse and an ice pack followed. Then a day was spent driving back to Kaitaia to buy a fuel hose I’d forgotten to bring. ‘Lynne the Ruthless’ then dragged me into a shop to buy half a dozen pairs of underpants. I’d forgotten to pack them also. This time I was a forgetful dickhead. However, we managed a few fish, which was good, but on loading the tinny onto the trailer on the final day, having told ‘the Ruthless’ I didn’t need a hand, I slipped

Yes, you are a dickhead. Lyn's right!

Coutta and my little toe and the one next to it went either side of the boat’s sharp end. I graduated to careless pig-headed dickhead. Back to Kaitaia, the hospital this time, where a dozen stitches were inserted to hold the toes together. In November last year I had a knee replacement. We again made our pilgrimage to Houhora. Even though I’ve recovered better than expectations, Lynne went ballistic when I tried to get up off the low seat and step out of the tinny at the beach. The knee gave way, I went arse up on the side of the boat, and Lynne almost went for a swim. I can’t print what sort of dickhead I was that time. “That’s it,” she said, “we need a bigger boat.” Yes Dear.


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Don’t tempt Murphy’s ricochet Safety glasses are a must and are mandatory on most pistol ranges that cover the different styles. The only exception is ISSF, which is the Olympic-style, shot with .22 and Air. The chance of a ricochet is always a possibility and most who have been shooting for a while have been hit at some stage. The biggest risk is not when you are shooting but when others are, and you’re supporting or watching. However, not for a second am I saying that I would not wear them when I am shooting. In fact, just the opposite. I wear safety glasses even when I do not have to, as I believe it is important to protect your eyes at all times. Over the years I have used a number of different styles and brands. The ones I use now have a number of different coloured lenses, clear, yellow, and dark so I am ready for all weather conditions. What do I consider important when looking for a pair of safety

glasses? Well, strength of the lenses is obvious, as it is all about protection. Will they take a hit without causing problems? Then there is comfort, because you are going to be wearing them all day. When at competition, it could be for several days in a row and if they are not a comfortable fit, then you risk removing them for a rest or break and that could be at the wrong time—it isn’t worth the risk. (Good old Murphy’s law never seems to rest, so don’t tempt it). Clarity of lenses is also very important; if you cannot see through them, you cannot hit your target. Top quality glasses can cost good money and I have gone from buying them from the likes of NZ Safety/Boc Gas, to gun supply stores. However,

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I now use the same as the NZ Army, (ESS Ice) but who knows what I will try next. Suffice it to say, they will be of good quality because it is just not worth the risk to your eyes, so do not skimp, or worse yet, do not go without safety glasses. The shock of events on the 15th of last month is still very raw and it is still hard to believe that it could happen here. The whole thing has become very tense and finger pointing has been rife both within the shooting community and from outside about the use and ownership of semi auto rifles. Because there is a lot of work being done to try and work out the changes, I have decided to keep guarded so that I do not risk making thing worse. Please be safe people.

Malcolm Halstead

Jack has caught the bugs

One option when organising a trip with Top Catch Charters is to do a freediving trip with a few mates. Before I set up the business I took my son Jack out in search of some new spots not normally available to the average Kiwi freediver. We left South Bay early in perfect conditions and slowly made our way along the coast, stopping regularly to check out likely looking reefs and weed beds. The swell was non-existent and the sun shone brightly on

what was to become an epic day of exploring. The usual suspects were soon coming over the side in the form of blue cod, blue moki, and butterfish. The crays were a bit thin on the ground until we came across some underwater limestone ledges, no doubt caused by the earthquake. Jack explained later they had awesome shelves, which were ideal for big bugs and while some were too deep to explore, he still managed a couple of big bucks in the

30 minutes or so he was in the water. The area we were in is susceptible to murky water, so conditions have to be just right, which they were this day! You also need a decent size boat, as the nearest ramp is 20 kilometres away and if the wind comes up you need the ability to get home safely. With a few new spots on the chart plotter we called it a day and headed home, well satisfied with our exploring. I look forward to showing some of these spots to future clients.

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Port—the primordial partner Heirloom stag worth the rut Far from the urban boundary, the crisp air is splintered by a deep throaty roar. A primordial sound that has matched the march of time. It is answered by another—resonant and rich in timbre—a challenge. Only a hunter can fully appreciate what it is to hunt the Roar; to follow the tradition as laid down by our forefathers, play by the rules that govern good ethics and guardianship, and take an animal when it’s right. Or walk away when it’s not. Only a true hunter can meet this challenge on an equal footing with nature. At the end of the hunt there is a flickering fire, fuelled by a glowing bed of coals and seasoned by the incense of woodsmoke—a portal through which the hunter can reach back and tap into his roots. It is a time for reflection; to pay homage to the hunt, appreciate the privilege it is to be a hunter, and a chance to thank distant ancestors for the gift given through our genes. But the celebration is never complete until the port is poured because that too has matched the march of time. A quality port is the perfect partner to an honest hunt and a symbol of the relationship between the

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The unique range of ports are fermented on the whole fruit, which captures a subtlety of flavour not possible in industrialised processes, quietly connecting us with the wild outdoors. To cement this bond, Ruahine Ports are then aged with native mountain totara and red beech wood. No other winery does this.

The aim is to create delicious ports that will be savoured and appreciated by the discerning Kiwi hunter and outdoorsman, so they ferment the story along with the fruit. Only high grade fruit is sourced from the oldest family orchards—those with a trusted connection and affinity with the land—and processed using natural and traditional methods. Natural spring water percolating from the Puketoi Ranges provides the purity while Damon and Alisha make their own spirit from the fruit wine to fortify the port, using a handmade

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Dean and Darren with the big bodied beast

The stags in the front country were roaring and I took it as a good omen. Darren and I, with our respective partners were enjoying a rutting weekend at ‘The Hut’, a private little hunting abode tucked away in the foothills of North Canterbury. The block is mainly native bush, with a few pines and the odd clearing here and there. Darren had only bagged the odd scrubber in the past, so I was keen to see if I could find him something better. Heading off for an evening shot, we hadn’t even warmed our legs up when I suggested we check out the pond above the hut. Poking our noses over the rise, I was stunned to see a big-bodied stag turning away from the

water; he’d obviously just had a drink and was about to walk off. “That’s a bloody big stag,” I said to Darren, who was already cranking a round into his deceased father’s Sako .270, “take him.” The stag thrust its chin forward, stretching out its thick neck and let out the first notes of a deep roar. Boom. The stag’s bellow was cut short and it lunged forward as the sound of bullet on leather told us the shot was good. With a grunt and kicking up soft turf, the stag vanished into the pines as the ink of evening darkened. Wasting no time in the failing light, we scrambled to where we’d last seen the

big brute but struggled to find it. After 15 minutes of searching, a strong smell assailed us and then it was just a matter of following our noses.

The stag was a beast and ultimately had to be winched up the hill and out of the forest. With the backstraps off, we cut it in half and the two of us only just managed to lift the hindquarters onto the ute. We estimated the big ten-pointer, the largest to come off the property to date, weighed over 150kg. Darren was thrilled with his first decent stag, an achievement made sweeter because he’d taken it with his dad’s heirloom. Needless to say, it was one hell of a rutting weekend.

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Struggling up the last few metres of the ridge in the late March sun, we finally reached the crest and were greeted to a fantastic view into the headwaters of the river Poppy and I were planning to navigate down over the next two days, in search of a roaring stag or perhaps a chamois buck.

A lot of walking and glassing is required to locate the small numbers of animals in this vast North Canterbury landscape comprising mostly of rocky screes and tussock, with the occasional pocket of scrub and native bush hanging on. Sliding our way down a nearby shingle scree, we headed downstream towards promising deer country, glassing any likely areas as we went. By late afternoon, no game had been sighted but hopes were still high as the golden last hour approached. Dropping our packs on a suitable grass flat to camp on, we made our way up a side gully and, as I swept my binos across a patch of bush, I finally

locked eyes on a deer and a good stag at that! It was too far away to attempt a stalk that night so, out of curiosity, I let out a roar that drew an immediate response. Excitement was high at camp that night and sleep hard to come by. In the early hours of morning we left camp, the moonlight illuminating our way back to the stag’s domain without the need for our head torches. Loud roars bellowing down the gully confirmed the stag hadn't ventured far during the night. Positioning ourselves within shooting range of its patch of bush, we sat quietly as the day became light enough to see. I now began to roar, hoping to lure it out, but no stag emerged and the roaring became less frequent before it died to nothing as the sun rose over the hill.

A proud Poppy and Elliot

I knew our chances were slipping by the minute, so we crept over to his lair and quietly stalked our way up the bush edge. I knew we were close now. Getting myself into a shooting

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I spent last night sitting in a blind on our top skid site with my son Alex, Rox Dogg, my trusty Ruger ..308 and a Pulsar thermal imager, after my neighbour informed me that he had been challenged by a feral boar whilst stacking firewood. Once it became too dark to shoot with my Jaeger riflescope, we swapped my .308 for a suppressed .44Mag fitted with a Photon night vision riflescope, followed by a slow stalk along our north facing boundary, scanning diligently with our Pulsar thermals. Now I’d like to write about the pigs that we saw and the huge boar that we had shot, but the truth is we saw nothing. That’s not strictly true, however, because we saw a few rats in trees and a mouse inside a mass of pine branches. I guess even Superman would have to agree that spotting a mouse inside a pile of tree limbs, in complete darkness without a torch, isn’t bad going for an Earthling. Our Pulsar thermal imagers provide superhuman vision without having to wear tights and our underpants on the outside! A thermal imager can detect animals as tiny specs of light at ridiculously impractical distances, though a better specification is

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Out in the prop wash Autumn re-power makes cents Dennis Ellmers

Thousands and thousands of them! So, why should I re-power my boat? The reasons are many and varied but autumn is a great time to be upgrading to a new outboard. With the Hutchwilco Boat Show in May being a great trigger for competing brands to put their best foot forward and offer incentives on new models, there are great savings to be made. With days growing shorter and a change to the fishing calendar, more time is available to spend on an outfit, making sure you get the best option for your situation. Advancements in technology over the past decade have been huge and the single biggest incentive to upgrading to new generation outboards is reliability, considering the changeable and volatile nature of our coastal waters. From hassle-free starting at the boat ramp, low emissions, through to peace of mind that you are going to return safely and on time, a new generation Suzuki outboard is a great insurance policy and one that will keep the home accountant happy, especially where the kids are involved. Second on the list is fuel efficiency. Rising fuel prices unquestionably impact on our leisure activities but these new motors mitigate that by allowing us to go further, much more cheaply. They are

simply streets ahead of old technology when it comes to economy. Selecting the right new engine will also allow you to get better performance out of your existing hull and it need not be expensive. Better to trade up while there is still value in the old motor. The upshot to a smart trade up is also increased value of your investment; to buy a new boat, trailer, and motor is way more costly, whereas an upgrade will put you in the same league for a fraction of the cost. Any shortfall in the upgrade need not be a deterrent, as we can arrange finance for you.

Why should I go Suzuki? There are a number of key factors Suzuki have over their competitors, a key one being better power to weight ratio; they are not as heavy for the horsepower so give greater efficiency. Suzuki’s two-stage gear reduction allows the motor to swing a bigger prop, giving you more push, and again—greater efficiency. Add to this the lean burn engine range and you are sucking way less fuel so you have more dollars to upgrade the tackle kit. It’s a winwin all round. There are many more reasons to upgrade now, so give me a call and we can discuss the best solution for you.

Don’t give up mate Kim Swan “Run!" “Run as fast as you can. Keep going, don’t stop.”. Then another one, larger and with chubby cheeks and a pair of substantial hams. Puffed, she pauses to catch her breath, and I can see she's doubting herself already. "C'mon keep going. Don’t give up mate, don't give up.” Its the Rai Challenge at the local A&P Show and all people great and small are competing there. The obstacle course is tackled by some with fervour—by others with dread. Peer pressure and parent pressure result in some reluctant children dragging their bottom lip, along with a pig or possum, as they fade from sprint to trudge.

sense of good taste! Onwards then, sun in my eyes, wind on my back, rifle on my shoulder. A decision to make about the tired trudge. Did I return on the flat, shorter route I'd already taken? Or did I extend myself to fresh ground? The fresh route included a significant hill. At the junction of the two. I dithered for only a second, opting for the new view. I'm not sure whether to praise myself for my tenacity and

mud. He was difficult to see but soon I distinguished his ear and the crease behind his cheek. That'd do me, a perfect porker for the Rai Show. Perhaps my luck was due to my determination to climb the big hill instead of taking the easy road. Perhaps that reverse swirl of wind favoured me because I'd kept covering ground till something went my way. Perhaps the energy enhancing sweetener,

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The pig the ladies carry was supplied by me. It’s just a wee porker but it didn’t come easy. It started well enough, the perfect breeze, sign aplenty, and one fit and keen old deerstalker on the hunt. But as minutes ticked into hours, as kilometres were accrued and calories were burnt, that deerstalker's body language began to signal defeat. Tempted as ever to check one last creek, one last ridge, track or clearing. she pushed on until all hope was dashed. Bugger. And worse, the return trudge was in the day's heat and with the southerly breeze blowing directly up her derriere. Yup, she was me and to put it plainly—I was knackered. Weary enough to call in to the old hut and to sit in the shade and rest. Like an autumn mouse. I investigated the hut's contents and found myself a windfall. Condensed milk. A military ration tube of sickly sweet goo that I ravenously consumed. It was disgusting. I did consider washing it down with the lone can of warm beer but the combination of the two would have been beyond my

perseverance or to admit that the sugar from the condensed milk affected my thought process. In a cock-eyed gully with a dual-feed of creeks, the geographical features grabbed the breeze and gave it a tumble. In one particular place, no more than a hundred metres in length, the breeze blew in my favour. It was here that I saw a porker feeding. I stooped low, shucked my day pack, dropped my camera and binoculars, and got ready to shoot ... ‘whoof,' another pig sounded the alarm. Dammit, sprung by an unobserved straw-coloured pig feeding in straw-coloured grass. But wait, there's more. Amidst the vines and dark shade of the creek, where the sound of running water had muted the noise of his mate's rapid departure, a porker was puddling in the

assistance provided by an anonymous stranger, made all the difference, despite it sticking in my craw and making me gag. In the silent world that is solo stalking, there will never be someone standing on the sideline cheering you to greater effort; you will impress no one but yourself.

Back to the Show: I was there to support competitors, volunteers, and organisers— strangers and friends alike. I'd also planned to meet a good mate there. He has cancer. He never showed up, going pig hunting instead. Pig hunting is his drug of choice. I respect his decision and the options he pursues from here on in. Life doesn’t always come with a sweet surprise, a puddling pig, or an eventual win, no matter how tirelessly you battle on. That said, don’t give up mate, don’t give up.


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Julie Hills dynamic new RLO Daryl Sykes - Chief Operating Officer - NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council Former MPI principal stock assessment scientist Julie Hills was recently appointed Regional Liaison Officer (RLO) for a consortium of four North Island CRAMACs. Her roles and responsibilities extend across administrative and communication support, coordination of marine biotoxin responses, supervision of industry-generated data collection programmes, advocacy to noncommercial regional stakeholder groups, and oversight of stock assessments and management procedure developments for CRA 1, CRA 2, CRA 3, CRA 4 and PHC 1 (Packhorse lobster).

Julie commenced her new role in March and will be progressively moving around the North Island to introduce herself to the CRAMAC membership and outline her work programme for each region.

Julie has a high level of expertise in the development, management and implementation of research programmes— notably in paua fisheries over recent years— and is able to effectively communicate the outcomes. She has a depth of experience in fieldwork and data collection, project administration and budgeting, and a history of very positive interactions with fishery stakeholders.  CRAMAC 4 chairman, Graham Olsen, said when confirming the RLO appointment that the NZ Rock Lobster Industry Council (NZ RLIC) and CRAMACs provide fantastic opportunities to work in a busy, challenging, and ethnically diverse and rewarding environment.   “Our strength comes from working with our community of stakeholders to deliver effective communications, credible research outcomes, and to promote the rock lobster industry as being responsible stewards of a socially, culturally, and economically valuable natural resource.  Julie will be very much an asset in that regard,” he said. 


NZ RLIC Chief Executive Officer, Mark Edwards said, “I welcome this appointment and the professionalism that comes with the new RLO. Our CRAMACs have been fortunate to recruit a dynamic, organised, and forward-thinking person who will provide support to the North Island industry organisations and to the NZ RLIC central office team in Wellington”.

The RLO appointment extends the scope of the rock lobster industry contribution to fisheries research and management. The current industry-funded data collection programmes have been an integral part of stock assessments for more than a decade and the digital recording and reporting platforms developed for the lobster industry are innovative and reliable.   The NZ RLIC is investing more time and money in support of a range of regional initiatives with an emphasis on more frequent communication and response to and from the catching and processing sector membership regionally.  Julie has been given a wideranging mandate to travel and engage with

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industry participants where they live and work. April 1st 2019 is the official commencement of the rock lobster fishing year and late in March the Minister of Fisheries, Stuart Nash, announced the TAC and TACC changes that will apply. For the most part, he followed up the recommendations of the National Rock Lobster Management Group (NRLMG) and increased the TAC and TACC for the CRA 8 – southern rock lobster fishery and decreased the TAC and TACC for the CRA 3 – Gisborne/Tairawhiti lobster fishery.  Both the decrease in CRA 3 and the increase in CRA 8 reflect the science base and the most recent stock monitoring information for those fisheries, but industry remains confused and perturbed by the Minister's decision to make no changes in the CRA 4 fishery, despite the NRLMG recommendations to adjust the TAC and increase the TACC.  In making his decision the Minister departed from the current CRA 4 Management Procedure, which has guided previous TAC decisions and he did so with scant explanation.

the Ministry and other stakeholders to make sure that a science and evidence based approach is consistently used to inform what are culturally and economically important management decisions that ensure healthy levels of rock lobster stock abundance.

Despite this apparent setback, the unexpected departure from decision making informed by good science and the cherry picking of the NRLMG advice, the rock lobster industry will continue to work with

A challenge for commercial fishermen during 2019 will be the mandatory transition from paper based to digital record keeping and reporting. That is a story for the next edition.

There are no changes to catch limits or rock lobster fisheries regulations otherwise and fishermen will commence a new season against a background of sustainable catch limits, solid market demand, and consistent prices for high quality live lobsters.  

Mokihinui a snapper fest Put this competition in your surfcasting diary

Ron Prestage

The Fishing Paper & Hunting News's objective in sponsoring the daily prize for the heaviest snapper is being achieved, with snapper being the target species for most fishers who weighed in 26 snapper during the ten day Mokihinui Fishing Competition. Heaviest snapper overall at 5.40kg was landed by Karl Tanner, with runner up Lloyd Jones close behind with a 5.18kg fish. Other daily winners in the snapper section were Jeremy Cunningham, Diane Blance, and Ron Prestage. The trophy for the heaviest fish overall went to Robert Tyler with a 28.20 ray, followed by Shannon Bush with a 23.26kg specimen. Other heaviest fish daily prize winners were Dan Zielinski, Diane Blance, Ken Jones, Mel Elvin, Stuart Poore and Ron Prestage. Top women angler was Aroha with an 8.01kg blue shark. Arlo Poore took out the junior heaviest fish and heaviest trout prizes. The Zielinski family featured in the results with Dan’s

President Paul Clarkson presents Robert Tyler with the heaviest fish trophy heaviest kahawai and Khan’s heaviest trout. Bruce Stringer pulled in the longest fish, a 1.78m blue shark. In the kontiki section top results went to the Swampy/ Chuckles Syndicate with a blue shark at 10.97kg and a ray at 10.22kg. Kontiki snapper prizes were won by

the Grooby Syndicate with fish of 7.33kg and 6.09kg. 102 competitors weighed in 161 fish. As usual Ron and Helen Bennet gave sterling service at the twice-a-day weigh-ins at the Seddonville Hotel. Another great competition organised by Paul Clarkson, Brian and

Tony Murphy, topped off with the traditional tasty barbecue after the prizegiving. The West Coast weather played ball, dishing up ten fishable days! For more photos and information go to the FB page Mokihinui Fishing Competition


From Sinker to Smoker

Ron Prestage

Five minutes from home

Glenn Justin Hajek

light and this is usually a winner. Besides, the really early morning scene is a bit too early for the dogs and their walkers, who share this beach with the fishers. Dogs can give you a bit of grief, peeing on your equipment and trying to sample your baits!

A tasty pannie from Tahunanui

From my Nelson residential location on a hillside I look out over Tasman Bay, Rabbit Island, and Tahunanui’s Back Beach, my favourite Nelson surfcasting locations. I consider myself fortunate to have surfcasting spots five minutes from home. Accessing the Blind Channel at the Tahunanui Back Beach is real easy with a convenient carpark at the end of Parkers Road and a sturdy stepped access to the beach proper. A short walk across the sand takes you to the edge of a relatively deep channel, best fished at slack low tide and for a couple of hours thereafter. On a recent visit to the area, the low tide coincided with the dawn change of


Glenn tips head for success

I operated two rods, one with a pulley rig and prawn to target smooth hounds and the other with a two-hook clipped down ledger rig to target ‘pannie’ snapper that can be prevalent in this fishery during late summer. Success came with the ledger rig, with several pannies to the chillybin before the rising sun and tide ended the session. I used the two-hook rig instead of my favoured one-hook rig because a long cast is not needed in this location, as there is no extensive surf break to cast beyond, as is the case on the average beach. The channel aspect of this site makes for relaxed, easy fishing. Eating ‘pannie’ snapper about 35cm in length, certainly reminds you how tender, juicy, and tasty snapper can be, especially

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Glenn savours success at Westport's Tip Head There’s usually more than one of this size!

when cooked in tempura

gazing out to where you

batter. It is doubly enjoyable

landed it a few hours ago,

making a meal of it, while

five minutes from home.

The finished product. Tasty!

As Ron Prestage pointed out in his August 2018 Sinker to Smoker column, Westport has some hidden gems when it comes to surfcasting opportunities. While North Beach is popular, with its miles of seemingly endless options, holes, gutters, and channels that change with the tides, the Tip Head remains a favourite of mine. It’s handy for those wanting to wet a line without too much walking involved, as you can drive almost to your casting position. The seaward side is generally favoured, although fishers after kahawai spin fish on the river side. Since the weather had

been great for a long spell in the Buller, I ventured down to the Tip Head, a good four hours before high tide, hoping for a feed but open to what I might catch. While snapper have made a comeback over recent years, the spot has always produced well for gurnard, so you need to be prepared for a mixed bag. I was backing myself big time, putting all my faith into homemade flasher rigs. And it paid off. Fishing from the rocks that form this giant manmade structure, I managed to haul in both snapper and gurnard so went home happy and with thoughts of a sizzling pan forefront of mind.

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HAVE YOUR SAY… email all your letters to Menzies Clan Dear Ed, Every two years, we, the Menzies Clan, have a gathering. We are currently updating our mailing list to clans folk and descendants of the clan for the 20th year Anniversary Gathering, 17th/18th/19th April 2020 . Over the last 18 years, many who have attended past gatherings have shifted without notifying us of their new address or phone number. We would, through your newspaper, like to make contact with these clan members or descendants.

Can we, please ask for Menzies clans folk and dMenzies descendants dto contact us for further information to either, Lindsay and Rayelene Withington; phone (03) 216-4366 or Dennis Menzies, Phone (03) 578-3115, or e-mail menziesgathering2020@ Sincerely, Dennis Menzies New Zealand Commissioner Factoid myth-based drivel Dear Ed, The Green Party led coalition Government plans to again use their Third Reich "blitzkrieg" titled aerial 1080 operations over vast areas this winter as part of their military-styled "Battle for our

Birds" campaign. I guess the government and their poison industry agencies have a right to use these warlike names because, apart from killing some of their target animals, they also kill a large number of native fauna and domestic animals. For government poisoners to ‘1080 poison’ 12.5% of our kea population while DoC is supposedly protecting them is utter stupidity. That percentage is probably higher than ‘predators’ killed at any given time. What is a predator? According to a May 9th 2013 article, "Predators not welcome in Otuhoto now" published in The Leader, the owner of the Otuhotu Reserve said the predatorfree fence DoC trainees were helping to build was, "Designed to keep out large predators like goats and deer.” Has anyone ever seen a goat or deer kill and eat a native bird? Another article in the March/April 2018 issue of "NZ Guns & Hunting" contains a nonsensical statement by Landcare Research scientist Dr Graham Nugent. Nugent described the possum as a "scavenger" of TB infected wild pig remains. He said "Scavenging or even licking TB-infected pigs is believed to be one of the rare but important ways TB is transmitted." Believing unverified information is not


science. 'Believing' factoid/ myth based information is what 'cults' are built around. Has the 1080 industry become a cult? The pseudoscience used to promote the government’s Battle for our Birds campaign is nothing more than a calculation built on assumptions and extrapolation by John Innes of Landcare Research, and published in the November 2012 issue of Forest & Bird magazine. On the Stuff website in January, Michael Daly quoted Innes as saying his calculation was, "rough and quick" but "likely to be roughly accurate,” although at the same time "certainly

falsely precise". This is the ‘science’ the Government’s poison industry built its propaganda on. The Dead Horse Theory suggests, "When you discover you are riding a dead horse, the best strategy is to dismount". Successive governments have been flogging the 1080 dead horse for sixty plus years. It is now time to dismount, stop using 1080, and dismantle the huge wall of deception they can no longer hide behind. Then stop wasting valuable public funding that has also kept the 1080 gravy train huffing and puffing. Ron Eddy (Abridged) Nelson

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South Islanders take initiative—feedback sought Daryl Crimp

The Fishing Paper & Hunting News has run a series of articles on the formation of a working group to explore establishing a professional, adequately funded organisation to represent South Island marine recreational fishing interests. In spite of the attacks on the mosques, this group met in Christchurch on 16-17 March to draft the key components of a South Island representative organisation. The newly appointed Chair Jim Crossland said,“Many of us have worked over the decades to improve recreational fisheries, and to date there have been few tangible examples of success. Recently, we explored what we consider are practical ways to bring about improvements”. The working group was accompanied by Ian Stagles, a Founder of Recfishwest, which represents all 700,000 Western Australian recreational fishers. Ian said, “Effective fisheries management requires good representation and building respect and trust between all fishing sectors. In Western Australia, both recreational and commercial sectors are well represented and, over time, this has significantly improved the dynamics between them. Their collective efforts have brought about fisheries improvements that would not have been possible otherwise.” The working group proposes establishing an organisation capable of representing the interests of all 100,000+ South Island

fishers. The purpose of the organisation is: To coordinate, represent, and promote the interests of the South Island marine recreational fishing community in restoring and sustaining fisheries resources to maximise their experiences and opportunities. The objects for the organisation (as an incorporated society) drafted at the first meeting of the group are: To actively support the restoration of fisheries and strive for a healthy and abundant marine environment. To provide an effective voice in representing and promoting recreational fishing interests to Government and others to ensure recreational fishers have access to an equitable share of sustainable fisheries resources. To be recognised as a major participant in fisheries management processes and decision making. To provide recreational fishing information for statutory and management decisions. To develop and implement strategies, policies, and plans to improve the recreational fishing experience. To empower recreational fishers to achieve their aspirations and expectations. To encourage, educate, and promote responsible and safe recreational fishing for its health and well-being benefits for the South Island community. To work with Government,

Iwi, and other fishing sectors and interests on matters of common interests.

develop the organisation’s operational capability and capacity over time.

To do any other activities required to achieve the purpose of the society.

The working group is considering options for funding the representative organisation. The only option considered unviable is an individual fishing licence, as it would likely lack broad sector support.

The working group acknowledged the importance of ensuring effective organisational governance arrangements. The group proposes the organisation’s Board of Directors comprise: One Director in each of the following regional groupings – Nelson and Tasman Bays and Upper West Coast; Marlborough and Kaikoura; Canterbury; Otago and Lower West Coast; and Southland. Two Directors for the South Island Iwi – Te Tau Ihu Iwi and Ngai Tahu. Two Directors selected for their professional expertise– one lawyer and one accountant. The working group also proposes an independent Chair to oversee the Board of Directors. The aim is to




The working group members encourage South Island fishers to contact them to discuss constructive questions and comments regarding how best to ensure all have ongoing access to sustainable fisheries. The working group includes:

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Feedback from South Islanders on the draft South Island recreational fishing representative organisation is now being canvassed. Have your say and be part of this forward-thinking and progressive initiative.

The forecast southerly was tardy in arriving so it afforded a nice little window to flick a ticer or two for salmon. I’d paid a visit to Hibby’s camp at the Hurunui Mouth and daylight saw us joining a small picket fence of 15 other hopeful anglers facing an almost perfect morning. My 12 foot salmon rod was quickly out to use casting a ticer across the current at the mouth but, like the Mainland cheese ad, good things take time. The salmon season held promise early on in terms of the size and condition of fish being caught but it was never a numbers game. Salmon from 6kg through to a tad over 9kg had whetted the appetite of keen salmon anglers and, on a good day, the Hurunui had delivered ‘runs’ of 10 salmon but mostly trickles of two or three. The season never



Rick with a salmon from the surf

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The next step is the working group members discussing the above outcomes from the first meeting with their local fishing clubs and those without any club affiliation (97% of fishers). Fishers’ feedback will be vital in guiding the group members when they next meet in midMay to discuss further the organisation’s design before presenting it to Minister Nash for consideration.



Mainland salmon takes time


really got out of second gear.

However, catching salmon is a game of grim determination and the persistent sometimes get lucky. Fishing the edge of current at the mouth for two hours proved fruitless but it changed in a heartbeat. At 8.00am I hooked the first fish and within 30 minutes two others had been caught. Then the switch flicked again and it was a drought until the easterly drove us from the water mid afternoon. When the ticer stopped dead and pulled line tight I was quite happy to be on the board for the season, but the fight was pedestrian. The salmon had chomped the treble and was well impaled so offered little resistance. Still, at 12.5lb, it's food for the table and the soul, and softened the chagrin I felt at losing the next one, moments later.



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Harri flies kite for rig

Harri rapt with his rig

Rod Brown

We use a delta kite with a 1.9m wingspan. For a winch we use a wire framed garden hose reel with wood blocks in the centre. You need the wood centre in the drum, otherwise winding line on under pressure will collapse the wire frame. The winch cost about $25 all up to make. Everyone is spending thousands on torpedo

Harri and I hadn’t flown a kite for some time but an offshore wind forecast for our favourite Canterbury beach prompted us to go fishing. We fish with a rod but also like the less conventional long line pulled out to sea via a kite. Harri is my four-year-old son and a great companion on these fishing forays.

kontikis these days and my kite setup cost a max’ of $200 and fishes up to 20 hooks 1000m offshore, and does the same thing.

Kite kit for rig

Harri and I work as a team and can set up to 1km offshore. His job is to let line out as I clip the hooks on. On this occasion, the set went smoothly. After a good amount of soak time we pulled in the long line. Harri’s job is to wind the winch as I walk the line up the beach to him. The line had some weight to it and I was hoping it wasn’t

And after a couple of anxious attempts, I got the rig up the beach a bit and ran down and grabbed it. Harri was yahooing with delight!

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24 THE FISHING PAPER & HUNTING NEWS - APRIL 2019 A giant brown leapt from the water, glistening bright silver and blue, and landed with a great splash. It tore off towards the willows, making my line sing under the enormous pressure from the submarine intent on reaching safety.

A fish called Freida Blair Whiting

Laurie Cooke is my grandad, a very keen fly fisherman who has fished for many years on Hawke’s Bay rivers. When I was young, he told me a story of how he caught a huge brown trout, which introduced me to the world of fishing. This tale happened in October 1967. I headed to the Tukituki River at Moore Road and wandered downstream mid-morning. A friend of mine had fished the river a week earlier and hooked a very large fish, which took him downriver 400m before breaking off. I thought I’d

have a look for that fish. My friend had said there was a huge backwater near where he had hooked it. I treated this backwater like I would a lake, walking along with my rod behind me, holding my grey ghost fly. I searched for shapes of cruising trout as I tread softly along the shore. I couldn’t believe my eyes, because I soon saw an enormous trout cruising towards me, a metre from the shore. When it was parallel to me, I flicked the fly out, which sank into weed on the bottom.


“Bugger it, he won’t see that,” I muttered to myself. Freida backwater

I moved the fly slightly and the fish turned its head, dived into the weeds, and grabbed it. I brought the rod up and hooked it right at my feet. The monster trout flapped around trying to free the hook, then took off and leapt out of the water. “Hell it must be 10 pounds or more, I’m not losing this one,” I screamed! It landed with a huge splash and ran hard across the pool. I remembered what a friend had said earlier, “You can hold a brown, but you have to let a rainbow run.”

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Southland’s newly appointed Cultural and Rustic Lifestyle Ambassador Kent Clarke was captured in a candid moment reading his favourite paper, The Fishing Paper & Hunting News. Kent, an advocate for keeping things simple stupid, loves the authenticity of the paper and says his favourite part of the paper was a regular bullshit column he wrote years ago under the nom de plume The Fish Whisperer. Having moved to Southland a few years back, he quickly embraced the Southern lifestyle and became a aficionado on authentic Southland cuisine and social etiquette: beer battered blue cod, beer battered oysters, beer battered flounder, beer battered beer, and eating off your lap while trolling FB, and feeding chips to the dog. Kent believes Southland, with its clean

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With my line stripped to the backing, I dropped the rod tip and pulled it side on, stopping the fish dead and allowing me to lead it in a circle and back to my feet. It was too big for the net. My dog Jimmy was watching the everything unfold, ears pricked, just as intent on the fish as I was. The trout turned and ran again, heading for the willows on the opposite side. I repeated the side-strain and stopped it for a second time. As it got closer, it made another attempt to reach some snags but I coaxed it clear, battling it for over half an hour until, finally, it tired


and turned belly up. I dragged it into a side gutter, which I blocked off with rocks, because I didn’t want to knock it on the head and spoil such a beautiful specimen. Jimmy went mad, racing over the shingle, overjoyed at the sight of the enormous brown, which weighed 15 pounds, measured 79 centimetres, and had a girth of 50 centimetres. ‘Freida’ was then promptly mounted. She has resided on Laurie’s wall for the last 50 years and will continue to be an inspiration for my fishing for the rest of my life.

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Short-tail 'flat sharks' sting Hauling the crab pot at a local river mouth, hoping it would be crawling with paddle crabs, but feeling the solid weight of a giant fish on top of it instead, got me

Tyler 'tyre flip' ray

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Armed with 50lb braid on my new Shimano 14000 Baitrunner reel, I met my friend Jamie Lynch at the beach’s car park. With one rod each, we ventured onto the hot sand to set up our gear for two or three hours of fishing, hoping to catch our target species. I clipped on a ready tied fixed ledger rig composed of a 5oz breakaway sinker, four foot above a barbless 10/0 circle hook on 80lb Black Magic supple trace.

the free-spool and began to battle the large fish. Bolting off with some speed, my opponent stripped line off my spool like it was nothing and would not stop heading south-east out to the open ocean. There was not much I could do apart from hanging on and hoping it would turn. The revolting thought of being spooled crossed my mind. A sudden reminder of how large they can potentially grow to also hit me.

I whacked out my rig as far as I could cast, with a large mullet head on, pleased to get my bait in a slightly deeper channel, running along the coast where the breakers peter out. After a while, we brought in our baits and, surprisingly, noticed little damage on mullet from marauding crabs, which are often around in plague proportions. I flung out another large chunk of yellow-eyed mullet and waited patiently.

With only a few wraps of braid left on my spool, the fish gave me a chance to regain some line. Strong slow lunges bounced on the rod as I gained line on the beast. With every wave or swell, I’d gain another metre of braid on my spool. After 45 minutes, my arms, back and torso were aching. Behind me, beachgoers crowded, curious as to what I’d hooked. As the fish was drawing nearer, a jet-black tail flicked upwards in the breakers.

Feeling despondent after a couple of hours of baits marinating in the greenish brown salt water, my reel suddenly burst into life by peeling off line. Rushing to my rod, I flicked over

The ray glued to the bottom in two foot of water and I couldn’t budge it. I handed my rod to Jamie and walked out towards the stingray, keeping the jet-black leviathan in my sight the

whole time. I grabbed my 80lb trace and dragged the fish with oncoming surges of water. This worked for a while but as I’d dragged the fish in shallower water, the leader suddenly snapped. Not wanting to lose the fish after such a long battle, I’d put my hands under the front of the ray and stuck a finger in each spiracle either side of the mouth. With the last of my strength, I’d managed to drag it ashore. The good conditioned ray was heavy but calm. Who was the more exhausted, me or the stingray? I don’t know. We estimated it to weigh a good 160lb. After a couple of photos, I wanted to get the fish back in the water. We both dragged it into water deep enough to coat its back and, within no time, it disappeared back to its salty domain. After the hour-long fight, I was exhausted, thirsty, and not willing to go through that again the same day. I declared it time to call it a day. “It’s your turn next time,” I said to Jamie, as we walked up the beach with our gear. I quietly wondered how one of the big ones would fight.

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Sunset ‘flashers’ Ruby kingfish Dave Pearson

The trout of Christmas past

Scott Campbell

Abundant kingfish over the warm summer have provided great entertainment

As a young lad growing up in Scotland I learned to fish for trout, first with spinners, or bubble and fly, or worms, and then fly rods. However, I have never used softbaits. While spending a few days visiting my daughters in St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes, over Christmas, I decided to introduce them to the art of trout fishing so, after a bit of research, we decided to fish Lake Argyle. I had heard a few good sized trout had been released the previous week. It was also the perfect opportunity for me to extend my fishing repertoire.

It was a warm January evening and the forecast looked perfect for a fish with very little wind predicted. I grabbed a bag of squid, loaded the kayak and rods, and drove off smiling, as I looked forward to a sunset fish off Ruby Bay. Conditions were perfect, so I quickly set up the yak and by 8.00pm I was paddling out on calm water, hoping I’d be bringing back a couple of kahawai or snapper but, in fact, the evening had something far more exciting lined up for me! Hundreds of mullet darted around in the shallows, which I took as a good sign. I stopped after a few minutes and dropped down a flasher rig loaded with squid. The water was only five metres deep, but past experience has taught me the shallow water isn’t an issue here when the sun goes down and the fish start to bite.

After 45 minutes, nothing had even nibbled the bait, but it was still a relaxing way to spend an evening. Then, as often happens in fishing, everything changed in an instant. The rod in the rod holder bent right over and the reel screamed. I grabbed hold of it and knew instantly this was a bigger fish than I had ever hooked before. My rod and reel are a relatively cheap set up and my kayak is a small Mission Flow, just 2.9 metres long; this was going to be a test for both. The fish took off towards the horizon and so did the kayak. After a few minutes being dragged out to sea, I looked down and realised I had almost no line left on the reel. With no other options, I clamped my hand over the spool and hoped the line and rod would hold. Luckily, the kayak could keep moving along, which saved some of the load on the gear. The tug of war went back

and forward, with me nervously hoping it wouldn’t turn around and head under the kayak, which could make things interesting. Finally, it tired and I had the kingi pulled in beside me. The measuring marks I have along the side of my kayak told me this was easily over the minimum 75cm size limit. I was then very grateful for the small gaff I have always taken along with me (but never needed or used before now), as it was going to make getting the fish on board a lot easier. Looking down at this amazing fish taking up quite a bit of the space on my kayak was an unforgettable moment. It was now getting dark so I paddled back to shore. My grin was definitely bigger driving home than it had been heading out and my seven-year-old son’s reaction to the 86cm, ‘giant fish’ when he woke in the morning was priceless!



Channel 01 – Mt. Stokes.  Coverage from Cape Farewell in the south to Cape Egmont in the north, and the east from Cape Palliser to Cape Campbell.  Most of the Marlborough Sounds, Golden Bay, Tasman Bay , Wellington and Cook Strait.  At times. This channel may be workable outside these perimeters.

Channel 04 – Drumduan.  Covers Tasman Bay and the western d’Urville area.  Permanently linked to both channels 60 and 65.  This means that any transmission made on channel 04 is heard simultaneously on both channels 60 and 65 and vice versa. Channel 60 – Mt. Burnett.  Covers Kahurangi Point in the west, all of Golden Bay and the western side of d’Urville Island.  Channel 60 is permanently linked to channel 04  (and subsequently to channel 65) so any transmission made on channel 04 is heard on channel 04, 60, and 65 as well.

Channel 63 – Mt. Kahikatea.  Covers Queen Charlotte Sound, Port Underwood, Cook Strait, south to Cape Campbell, Kapiti and Mana and also parts of Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.  This channel is good for Wellington approaches but not good within Wellington Harbour.  (Mariners are advised to cancel Trip Reports at Barrets Reef buoy). Channel 65 – Paradise Reserve.  Covers Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds, Havelock, d’Urville, western Cook Strait, parts of Tasman Bay, Golden Bay and large sections of Queen Charlotte Sound. Channel 66 – Mt. Stokes.  Coverage area is similar to Channel 01.  This repeater is for commercial users only and is not operator monitored. Channels 01 and 63 are linked for the marine forecasts only and one operator monitors both channels.

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A stunning rainbow for Ruby

I’d borrowed a suitable rod and reel from Steve Reid from ‘Steve’s Fishing’ shop in Wellington—big thanks—and purchased a few spinners, some minnow softbaits, and some small jig heads. I took my youngest daughter Ruby first, arriving at the lake at 7.00am. The colour was very milky so I didn’t hold too much hope, however we gave it a go. I flicked out a spinner and had around 100 casts with no takes, then gave Ruby a go. Bloody hell, second cast and

she was into a cracker that started peeling line! “Dad I think I’m on!” she shouted. She was and what a beauty; 7lbs, not bad for her first trout. The rest of the day we flicked out an array of spinners and tried the little minnow softbaits, but not even an enquiry. Day two was my oldest daughter Jasmine’s turn and, again, we fished for a couple of hours with no luck. Then I got talking to a couple of local lads from Blenheim who were pulling in trout left, right,

and centre. Fortunately, they were generous enough to show us their technique involving small red softbait worms, using a small 1/2oz ball sinker and very slow retrieve. They even gave us some worms. This technique worked very well, with Jasmine getting onto a couple of small rainbows. I also got a decent brownie. We must have released about 20 trout using this method; very productive. Smoked trout was enjoyed on Christmas day and the girls are now so addicted, they have been back to the lake without me, which is fantastic.


Poppa Mike

FISHY BUSINESS in FRENCH PASS There so many amazing marine creatures in our seas, some very common but many that are very rare and obscure. A large number of these are found deep down in our seemingly bottomless oceans, living in the dark. For some reason most of these deep living fish have weird , non-conventional,shapes, colours and patterns, fin and tail structures, and often have weird or additional appendages not seen in the more common southern ocean species with which we are so familiar. One day in 1943 local fisherman and Marlborough Sounds mailman Charlie Jacobsen saw a long, thin fish swimming along the surface close to shore. Recognising it as most unusual he moved in and scooped it up by hand. It was purple and black, appeared to have a twisted tail shape and long fins including the dorsal crest, as well as long side fins that seemed to swirl and flick about. On realising he had never seen anything

like this before in all his many years of fishing and boating he decided to contact the Dominion Museum in Wellington. As it transpired, they had never seen one before either and were amazed when they finally received the frozen specimen. Marine biologist Dr Phillips set about examining the specimen and eventually determined that it was a ribbonfish, in particular the sub species trachipterus jacksoniensis, one of several subspecies know world wide at that time. It turned out to be such a find, the only known one in New Zealand waters, that

Dr Phillips wrote a scientific paper and a detailed painting was completed for the records. Wikipedia details the various ribbon subspecies found around the world but does mention Charlie’s particular example. Maybe a name like ‘trachipterus jacobsen’ may have been more deserving, especially given that Charlie himself was such a legend as a man of the sea. PS: Much of Charlie Jacobsen’s amazing life is recorded in Hero or Hell Raiser by Graeme Horncastle available at


Helping pāua do the wild thing Storm Stanley - Chairman, Pāua Industry Council You might not think that pāua need any help with their sexual reproduction, but they most definitely do. The actions of pāua divers and gatherers—whether recreational, customary or commercial—can help or hinder successful pāua reproduction. Spreading your catch over a wider area is the single best thing you can do to help maintain the pāua aggregations that enable them to breed fruitfully. The reason for this is obvious once you give some thought to pāua biology. Pāua are sedentary, spending most of their adult lives in once place. They’re also a broadcast spawner, which means they release their eggs and sperm into the water where Where fertilization occurs are all the externally. Imagine girls? you’re a male pāua—your ability to reproduce will be completely dependent on having some female pāua nearby so that your sperm can meet with eggs from female pāua in the water. Likewise, female pāua need males in close proximity to reproduce successfully. We don’t fully understand the biological and environmental factors that trigger spawning in pāua and other abalone species. However, scientists believe that adult pāua that are grouped in a cluster use chemical triggers released into the water to help co-ordinate egg and

sperm release within the cluster. If the pāua are too far apart this chemical signalling won’t work as well. Scientists have also found that if shellfish population densities are low, then by the time a sperm reaches an egg, the probability of successful fertilization could be low or negligible. This limitation on reproductive success is known as the ‘Allee effect’. The science is complex, but the message is simple—the health of a pāua population is not just a matter of how many adult pāua are present, but is also dependent on how far apart the pāua are. Clusters of pāua provide the ideal conditions for reproduction, whereas widespread individual pāua do not. Based on Australian research on the greenlip abalone, New Zealand scientists consider that pāua need to be no more than 1.5m away from their nearest neighbours to have a decent chance at successful fertilization. Recreational divers and pāua gatherers can help pāua to reproduce successfully by following some simple good practice guidelines for catch spreading. The first and most important is, don't take your daily bag limit from a single rock or patch of adult pāua. If you see a bunch of pāua together on a rock or reef, just take one or two and move on to the next cluster. Take what you need for the day,

Why Print Will Always Remain Relevant Now and beyond For many years now, marketers have wondered if print is dead. And, with each passing year, those of us who make a living through print advertising continue to sing its praises. But sometimes, in order to convince people of something, you need more than sung praises – you need science. Well consider this: neuroscience has now proven that print ads make a better impression than digital ones. Numerous studies have indicated that on a brain-chemistry level, people process print content with greater engagement and focus, not to mention a deeper emotional response, than they do content viewed on a screen. While digital content is scanned quickly, paperbased reading is slower and more deliberate, leading to greater rates of comprehension and recall. For advertisers, this means that traditional print media ads are more likely to make a lasting impression and, thus, lead to more sales. Print will always have many advantages over digital mediums, namely:

Respectability Perhaps the fact that print has been around so long gives it prestige. Thanks to its rich history, ads that appear in print tend to be taken much more seriously.

Trust Studies suggest that readers trust print more than any other medium. In fact, according to an October 2016 survey by MarketingSherpa, 82% of U.S.

the bag limit is just that, a limit not a target. If you don’t need the daily bag limit for a feed on the day, just leave some behind for another day. Those you leave are only going to get bigger for next time and fresh is always best where shellfish are concerned. Finally, always return undersized pāua to the place you took them from, so that they can rejoin and contribute to the aggregation that they came from. The importance of maintaining clusters or aggregations of pāua is seen in areas of the coast where there are reasonable numbers of adult pāua and plenty of habitat suitable for juveniles, but little or no evidence of juvenile pāua. These areas can be found where pāua aggregations have been thinned out as a result of too much fishing pressure or other human or environmental factors. The pāua industry is currently conducting trials to investigate how pāua populations can be rejuvenated in areas where historical fishing activity has reduced or removed aggregations of adult pāua. The aim is to carefully translocate adult pāua from nearby densely populated areas to the depleted area to establish ‘founder populations’ or ‘spawning banks’. These new dense aggregations of adults should be able to spawn effectively and re-establish the recruitment process for the local pāua fishery. Industry scientists are

What would you rather see, paua footprints after someone had cleaned out an area or... ...a healthy thriving population

monitoring the success of early trials and also looking at how spawning banks can be protected so that the pāua can get on with their business without interference. Options include appropriate size selection or

the use of customary tools such as temporary rāhui. In the meantime, the most valuable thing that all pāua harvesters can do is to adopt good practice to preserve pāua aggregations.

internet users trust print ads when making a purchase decision, more than any other medium.

Clearly Defined Target Audiences Healthy ROIs require the ability to target readers effectively. Print ads allow positioning in the most relevant editorial sections of publications. Conversely, when buying ads from digital networks, you can never be quite sure your message will reach the right audience at the right time.

Now that you understand just how effective print advertising can be, here are some tips to make your ads as effective as possible:

Simple layouts work best. Busy or cluttered ads turn readers off are read easily. Forgo large blocks of copy for smaller ones, and consider using bullet points to clearly define benefits.

High Engagement Rates Humans have become modern multitaskers. We check email while texting our friends while binge-watching our favourite TV shows. In other words, we rarely give digital content our full attention. Print content, on the other hand, allows us to really focus and engage. Imagine this, you make a coffee, you have your paper and you settle in for a read, no distractions. You have made time in your brain to read uninterrupted, you are relaxed. So when it comes to getting your message across, there is full engagement.

Print Drives Online Search

The human eye naturally wants to start at the top left of a page or ad and move down toward the bottom right. You can help this visual journey by laying out text along the eye’s natural ‘route’ across the page.

Too many marketers make the mistake of pointing out features in their ad instead of benefits. Here’s an example: “We use only locally-sourced meats and produce.” Okay, that makes you sound lovely, but does your customer really care? No, not really. They care more about the fact that, thanks to your meal delivery service, they don’t have to cook after a long day at work and they can afford this convenience. That’s how your service benefits them. While your website can list product or service features, your ad should only focus on the biggest benefits to your prospective customers. This is how you hook them and get them to find out more. It’s not that digital ads should have no place in your marketing arsenal. It’s just, if you want your audience to really connect with your ads,science says your best chances are through print publications.

According to the surveys, customers are most likely to start an online search after viewing a magazine/newspaper ad because print media accesses deep thinking in your brain and drives question asking.

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The Fishing Paper & Hunting News April 2019 Issue 163  

The best fishing and hunting stories about New Zealand.

The Fishing Paper & Hunting News April 2019 Issue 163  

The best fishing and hunting stories about New Zealand.