Around the Mountain Cycle Trail & The Oreti River

Irrespective of the Commissioner’s final decision on whether Southland District Council can proceed to build a cycleway and structures alongside and over the upper Oreti River, the Federation would like to express its pride in and thanks to all those who have submitted against this portion of the cycle trail.

The following is a roll call of honour to all those anglers, from all around the WORLD who put in time and effort to make a submission:  Jarred Martin, Matthew Boydell, Russ Willekedina, Gavin Buchanan, Simon Wilkinson, Simon Svahn, Wyndham Angling Club, Nathaniel Wilcox, David Lambroughton, Frode Roee, John Murray, Chris Dore, Robert Wyatt, Iza Haspela, Tapani Mikola, David Screen,  Leea Ylitalo, Sergio Morales, Darren Asquith, Marc Cohen, Alan Greig, Robert Hakansson, Alan Petrie,  Future Rivers Trust, Duncan MacPherson, Kym Goldsworthy, Michael Martyn, Ross Laybourn, Robert Roney, James Yates, Hugh Driver, Bruno Hergott, Grant Slinger, Anthony Loader, Douglas Cook, Oliver Styles, Mark Newcomb, Tony Orman, Matthieu Cotteret, Andrew Cooke, Neil Martin (Warrnambool Fly Fishers Club), Matthew Cole, Robert Bradford, Joseph A Dillinger, Roland Ellis, Daniel Larsson, Frank Yardley, David Begg, Michael Kearney, Phillip Owen, Andrew Rankin, Andrew Harding, Geoff Allen, Paul Incani, Harvey Buckley, Russell McKendry, Ryan Anglin,  John James O’Dea, Barry Perkins, Alison Harvey, James Miller, Glenn Best, Michael Harvey, Luke Payne, Stephen Corcoran, Nick Moody, Serge Bonnafoux, Brett Wheldon, Rob Blackbeard, Richard Ball, Peter Baker, James Screen, Dean Phibbs, Jeremy Coombes, Dean Bell, Lex Lawrence, Ian Cole, Hans Kreuer, Max Gallagher, Paul Fleet, Dr Martin Lourey, Graeme Watson, Ian Breeze, Johnny Mauchline, Paul Macandrew, Dean Whaanga, Ben Davies, Kevin Carston, Robert & Jana Bowler, Tim Howard, Craig Smith (on behalf of the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association), Ronan Creane, Joe Creane, Marius Stenseth, Peter Sayers, Anthony Stevens, Craig Minehan, Silvio Caldelari, Paul Start, Dave Harris, Rick Gerrard, Hamiora Taite, Jim Hanley, James Hobson, Lawton Weber, Michael Hartstonge, Rick Boyd (Upper Clutha Angling Club), Lindsay Withington,  Dave Harris (Southland Fishing Club), Jocelyn Hodges,  Angelo Piller, Mike Wilson, Chris Rance, Alex Blanden, Mark Adamson, Corey Carston, Paul Stenning, Regan Smith, Peter Wilkinson, Casey Cravens, Oddvar Vermedal & Geir Sogn-Grundvag, Bill Jarvie, John O’Malley, Ron Peacock, Duncan Wilcox, Dave Witherow, William Bartlett, Gary Kirkman, Torkjel Landas, Gavin Gilder

…and of course Jacob Smyth, Stu Sutherland and Maurice Rodway of Southland Fish & Game

Thin End of the Irrigation Wedge

Now that the  Opuha dam, oft hailed by Fed Farmers as the golden goose of environmentally positive  irrigation schemes is failing, it seems Fed Farmers and Irrigation NZ (the appalling de-watering Andrew Curtis) are now suggesting they should have the right to take water from Lake Tekapo as well.  Make the most of your back country streams as at this rate the mega-irrigators will be plumbing those into the Canterbury pivot irrigators.  When will the relentless appropriation of our freshwater systems end>


Here’s cattle with unrestricted access into the Mataura River at Nokomai Station.   The Mataura is an international draw card and one of NZ’s most famous rivers, especially for dry fly fishing.  We have been told that Environment Southland have been made aware of this appalling situation but have, as yet, failed to do anything about it.

In 2015 does anyone find this acceptable?






Oreti Cycle Trail Hearing Set

Once again independent commissioner Denis Nugent has been appointed to decide on the application by Southland District Council to construct and operate a 28km cycle trail alongside the Oreti River.  The hearing is set 2-5 February 2015 at SDC Chambers, 15 Forth St, Invercargill.

William the Conqueror

This is William whose dad took him to the fish out ponds in Waimea, organised in conjunction with Lawson Davey of Nelson/Marlborough Fish & Game.  William has since become an avid and obviously competent young angler.

The more the merrier is what we say!Young William King with a Beauty of a Brownie

the world according to wairarapa water users

While the Ruataniwha dam splutters and staggers from one crisis to the next, costing Hawkes Bay ratepayers $250,000 every month, the Greater Wellington Regional Council quietly continues with its dam proposals , seeding misinformation and ignoring any views to the contrary, including those of the landowners whose land they plan to use the Public Works Act to confiscate.
Here is what one of those affected had to say:
The Wairarapa Water Use Project objected to independent newspaper coverage “A clarification was published by the Wairarapa News following its misleading headline and introductory paragraph in an article on 4 November 2014″ page 35 WWUP Governance Group Minutes While ceaselessly misleading the community financing the project. Is this seen by WWUP/GWRC as a healthy control of the media?

“The Tararua mountain range west of the Wairarapa valley captures an annual rainfall of 5-6 metres. – (Only half of this rainfall falls in the catchments filling the reservoirs)
“Water would be ‘harvested’ from rivers at times of high flow and stored for release during dry periods” – (Water flows reduced to levels so low they only occur naturally a few days annually)
“The project aims to store excess water off-river in the winter” (excess is anything greater than minimum low flow and is in most sites stored “on river”)
“Ms Wilde said there was sufficient water available in winter running off the Tararua Ranges to refill dams for summer.Their “whole of the valley” approach would require between 5 and 13 per cent of the average volume flowing from the valley…”( Fran means 60% of the Mangatarere’s flow. Summer sounds good but this is not for swimmers as dams are emptied over summer)
“In 2016 the consent process and discussions with landowners about land purchase are due to begin” – (No mention here that they are intending to force sales using the Public Works Act and have had homeowners under this threat for 2 years)
“On-going conversations with all parts of the community are vital to hear perspectives and ideas about water uses and values, and to develop a viable and environmentally sustainable project” ( Not happening)
For those of you interested in the current state of play on these projects a file describing them (from the GWRC perspective) is attached. I found F&G’s involvement of interest. While I can commend the intended outcome, it does rather beg the question – ‘How exactly are you going to put a value on these fisheries and the potential harm caused to them and angling opportunities, to compare against any private farmers financial gains and the regions economy’? I would suggest that it is a nonsense.

Fighting for the protection and preservation of New Zealand's freshwater fisheries against exploitation, degradation and neglect.