That’s what happens when you take their fire engine away

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Cassandra Mason at the Herald reports:

A popular fishing spot in Whangarei Harbour has turned into a “shark hunting ground” following yesterday’s fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach, a local says.  

“It’s a very popular spot for jigging for kingfish, but you have to beat the Bronze Whalers to get your fish on board,” he said.

“What is a prime spot for kingfish has this morning become a shark hunting ground.”

With his powerful telescope, Mr Nathan said he could see the men using two-foot long barracudas as bait – much too large to be targeting anything but sharks.

“They’re not fishing for kingfish or snapper. They’re definitely after sharks.”

While Bronze Whalers were “fair game”, Mr Nathan said he’d never seen anyone fish for them before.

“It’s funny that this has happened and all of a sudden there are guys out here fishing for sharks.

“That’s the nature of the beast. It’s mob mentality.”

A man is killed by a shark off an Auckland beach, Whangarei goes to town on its sharks in retribution.

That showing some solidarity.


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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.  And 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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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