Desperately seeking relevance

Peter Dunne must be feeling a bit left out of all the Hobbit fuss. When I heard Dunne’s halfwitted comments about take a kid fishing in Zealandia I  couldn’t believe how out of touch he was.

He fails to understand that wild trout, which the ones in Zealandia are, are incredibly hard to catch. They are not fish in a trout pond that are fed pellets and have to compete with hundreds of other fish. There is no way a few weekends of fishing clubs and kids would eliminate the population of trout as wild trout are really tough to catch, especially if there are hordes of people spooking the crap out of them while trying to catch them.

Trout are an introduced species that have eliminated a number of native species, and have gone close to eliminating other species. It is entirely appropriate for Trout to be cleaned out of a mainland island like Zealandia, and recreational fishing won’t do this. So even if they do have fishermen try to eradicate the trout they will have to poison anyway, as it would only take one pair of fish to spawn and the trout would be back out competing the native species.

The whole point of a mainland island is to celebrate native species.

Peter Dunne is obviously not a fisherman or he would realise how stupid his take a kid fishing concept is. Either that or he was feeling irrelevant and needed a bit of PR.

Oh that National would put up a decent candidate and take the little hobbit of Ohariu out.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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