Finally Shearer realises that snapper is where it is all at

He had to be led there by John Key, but finally David Shearer agrees that snapper is the issue that New Zealanders care about.

The government must abandon its plans to reduce recreational snapper catch limits, while leaving commercial catches unchanged, Labour Leader David Shearer says.

“Catching a feed of snapper for the family is a Kiwi birth right. The Government has sided with big commercial interests over the rights of every New Zealander to go out and fish. It has badly under estimated how strongly people feel about their fishing. 

“Everyone agrees we need to ensure snapper stocks are sustainable, but if catches need to be reduced to protect the fishery commercial operators should share the pain.

“This is a basic issue of fairness. As a weekend fisherman myself, I don’t see why recreational fishers should bear the brunt of catch reductions.

“Feelings are running high at public meetings we have attended on the issue. And if the government is getting anything like the same feedback as the Labour Party, it will be throwing its proposals overboard. We certainly will if they are in place when we come into office.

“We’ve received about 30,000 emails about the issue and already have more than 7,500 names on our petition against the changes.

Riiiight, so how many emails has Labour received on GCSB…that would be interesting.

 


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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.

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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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