Nick Smith is getting all pus-faced and threatening legal action.
It shows he has been got at…and very unbecoming of a minister to resort to throwing around threats of legal action.
You either sue or don’t sue, you don’t whine about thinking about suing.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith has rejected allegations of political interference, after he was accused of “bullying” Fish and Game into pulling an advocacy campaign for cleaning up rivers and lakes.
Smith said he was considering legal action against Association of Freshwater Anglers president David Haynes, who made the allegations.
Haynes said Smith was highly critical of Fish and Game over the course of a Fish and Game Council meeting, held in Wellington this month.
“Nick Smith is very good at talking at and over people I think, and he was wading into them and they sat very quietly and listened to what he was saying,” Haynes told Morning Report.
“From my perspective they were very clearly being castigated, it could be construed as political interference – this was about telling Fish and Game to wind their neck in.”
The allegations were centred on a series of billboards, which called for greater protections to keep rivers and lakes clean.
Fish and Game is an independent organisation, which collects its funding through fees for fishing and hunting licenses.
It has statutory obligations to oversee fish and game management and ensure effective management of the country’s sports fish and game resources.
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