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Kubota Fishing Competition

Well I hope now all of you who supported the MBGFC Kubota fishing competition are revelling in the millions of dollars, it supposedly brought to our once ‘sleepy little east coast fishing village’. We are now known on the world stage as the largest wild animal competition hunting field on the planet. We didn’t do so good however with our charter sailing business; in fact my business was told by the TCDC events manager that if we conducted our business during the competition, we would be ‘trespassed’ if we tried to pick up our passengers from the wharf. ‘Cancel your bookings and make way for...

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NEWSROOM TCDC DEBT FIGURES WRONG

A letter to the editor in The Informer Issue 19 March, cited some information in a Newsroom article that was wrong, and which Newsroom has since corrected. The Informer letter to the editor was written by Meg Beston (Not TCDC’s Fault, 19 March issue) and cited Council debt figures published in an article on the Newsroom website (If councils were companies some would be bankrupt, 14 March). Newsroom had its figures for TCDC wrong and has since corrected them: Net debt is $197m (not $220m), revenue is $157m, making a debt-to-revenue ratio of 125% (not 255%). This changes TCDC in the Newsroom...

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Environment issues matter

The Staff of the newspaper are to be congratulated for having the courage to print an article bringing into question some aspects of the much-vaunted Kubota billfishing contest. Although the contest brings much money into parts of the community’s welcoming coffers, the reason it uses (pardon the pun) has many fishhooks. Firstly, in the absence of sails, the oh-so-many boats that motored out were all using large amounts of climate-change fossil fuels. Also include the large vehicles towing trailers, many for a longtime distance. All this because of the lure of big cash. Perhaps a rich person’s...

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Town Museum

I have been visiting Whitianga over the summer months for twenty years. Over that time, I have noticed the way the Council and others have worked hard to transform what was once a sleepy village into a small attractive town. But I am left wondering about the Museum. Although it is in a prime position, nothing has been done to improve the grounds in front of the museum or the building frontage. It has been the same dreary picture for years; a few rusty iron objects that mean nothing to anyone, three bushes with nameplates, and then there’s a potted plant that is fighting for survival. It is...

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FREE PRESS – FREE SPEECH

Todd Stephenson pointed out on Stuff recently that when the left activists cancelled the likes of Posie Parker it would only be a matter of time before bigger, nastier bullies cancelled events they opposed (or cancelled out all opposition to those they favoured). That is why true liberals support free speech even when they disagree with what is said. Pauline Stewart has shown herself to be 100% true liberal with The Informer, with a difficult balancing act in endeavouring to give all sides equal opportunity to express their opinions. In doing so she opens herself up to abuse from those who...

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It’s a newspaper

A newspaper such as The Informer has to rely on advertisers for income to survive. This puts the paper’s owners in a difficult situation if those advertisers wish to influence the editorial content of the paper. The cancellation of the planned second part of the article written by Shaun Lee (Untangling the conservation and ethical dilemmas of big game fishing – Part 1) would suggest that this is indeed the case. If the editors are only able to publish one side of a story then they can’t honestly call the paper The Informer and so should change its name. I would suggest The Mercury Bay Shep...

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Contradicting Shaun Lee’s Billfish Assertions

While we are aware that you have withdrawn the opinion piece from Shaun Lee, which expressed his concern about “a dramatic reduction in commercial swordfish landings during the last ten years,” I set out some facts which contradict his assertions. Shaun suggested that the reduction in landings was likely caused by a change in population, fishing gear or misreporting of catch. In fact, there are several reasons for a reduction in the NZ commercial swordfish catch over the last ten years which aren’t related to the above.The primary one is reduced commercial fishing activity targeting this species. The...

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Editor Please Explain

The apology is to the Director of the Kubota Billfish Classic Competition and the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club, for publishing the first part of a two-part article from Shaun Lee about the ethical dilemmas of big game fishing, “by way of an alternative perspective” to the coverage of the competition. The Editor notes that “with all good journalism editors have a responsibility for their papers to give a voice to as many points of view” and again later “commits to her responsibilities, representing as many points of view as possible”. She refers to the role of a community newspaper as “to give...

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