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Anything happening – Mercury  Bay Update?

I walk past this spot and read the council notice “What’s Happening”. My observation is “nothing.” Visitors must look at this fenced off area and wonder why, well over a year after the great cyclone, why this simple repair has not been completed. Resource Consent for what? The footpath is an existing structure nothing new, nothing more. There is an existing rock breakwater, just needs extending, backfill, and footpath rebuilt. Having worked in the marine industry for many years this is a very, very simple repair. I suspect there is a real anti to rock retaining walls on the coastal waterfront?...

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Fishing for Sport

Yes, chasing the big fish is fun and exciting, man against beast, coming home the conquering heroes with a good story to tell, plus the added incentive of big prize money and a trophy to brag about. How many more of these noble fish have to die so those with bloodlust can have their fun? These fishermen are not paddling their canoes out to catch fish for the tribe or as recreational fishermen feeding their families. No, those taking part in the Annual Kubota Billfish Classic arrive en-masse with boats equipped with sophisticated tracking and navigation equipment with the sole purpose of hunting...

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Different Perspectives

If humanity has a hope to mature and therefore survive, we need to hear all viewpoints. I was moved to hear the poor people from the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club were “hurt” by an article that may have contradicted their world view. I wonder if they were hurt as much as if they bit into a tasty morsel of fish to find themselves fighting for their lives while a someone with a different world view yanked on their lip with a chemically sharpened steel hook connected to 200lb breaking strain monofilament spooled on a big reel with a bigger rod strapped into an even bigger chair in...

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Climate change and more absurdity

Second, no nation uses “hedgerow” offsetting contrary to Trevor’s claim. Third, his suggestion of measuring “all greenery” for carbon offsets is impractical nonsense. Surely, Mr. Ammundsen, a champion of a “less bloated” civil service can imagine the bureaucratic nightmare of verifying every hedgerow and my patio pot plants for carbon capture! Climate change brings increased disease and wildfires, so trees are not permanent. National, Act and NZF have repeatedly affirmed the ETS as their primary tool for curbing emissions. National signed the Paris Climate Agreement and says it is committed...

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Halocyfop Spray

After reading the article “ More water woes – destroyed habitats” in The Coromandel Informer of Tuesday, 19 March with the statement that “as recently as Friday, 1 March DOC published a spray programme for the following three months to deal with sea paspalum and spartina in the Firth of Thames and Tairua Harbour using the herbicide Halocyfop. The label on the Haloxyfop container clearly states “not to be used in aquatic environments”. DOC will put up notices of spraying activities to warn the public. However, not all people see every notice.” Alarm bells are ringing – loudly!! Where did DOC...

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NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE

Last Monday evening we put our bin out on Albert Street, Whitianga and walked to the Game Fishing Club. However,  on our way back, I observed that a barcode had been torn off a bin tag at the waterfront end of Monk Street.  When we got home, I checked our bin, and our tag was completely missing, and an empty plastic water bottle had been added to our bin! I don’t know if the tag was stolen or if it was simply blown away with the wind after the bin had been opened. I had to replace the tag. I then visited the TCDC in Monk Street to be advised that the Council does not replace damaged or missing...

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A cacophony of seagullims

Moral: don’t leave your dinner alone. Humans think that while they are enjoying the sea view certain Seagullims Bludgerous have adopted them and approached near as tame animals. No way, they have learnt that looking endearingly up close is a sure way to get a chip or piece of sandwich. Another sign of Seagullims Bludgerous is their ability to avoid the fight or flight pattern when close to folk and vehicles. Their carefulness in avoiding powered vehicles is shown by the lack of road-kill along Buffalo Beach and how they can fossick on the road or footpath and scuttle out of the vehicles way...

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Not TCDC’s fault

The blame game, Trevor? Aim it correctly at the current government that dumped water costs back on councils with zero help. Thanks to their divisive tactics, cheered on by folks like you, we are all paying the price in much higher rates. And please do not blame the Mayor and current Council for hundreds of millions of dollars of ratepayer funds required in the Long Term Plan for coastal hazard adaptation and local road repair costs caused by global heating-charged cyclones.  Blame the real culprits: Big Oil and their enablers in the current government, and our former Mayor.  Decades of their...

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