Now this is a game changer policy


Many politicians have claimed that this policy or that policy or this person or that person is a “game changer”.

Yesterday National delivered up a definite game changer.

They have created two massive recreational fishing reserves and banned commercial operators in those zones.

This is a massive policy, one where John Key and Nick Smith have backed the hundreds and thousands of fishers vs the few companies that are commercial fishing in those areas.

It is pure realpolitik and middle New Zealand will rejoice.

Commercial fishing would be banned from the inner Hauraki gulf and the entire Marlborough Sounds if National creates new recreational fishing parks for those areas.

Prime Minister John Key announced the creation of the new parks while at Westhaven Marina in Auckland this afternoon.  

The parks, which will be a new concept created by a reform of current legislation, will cover the inner Hauraki Gulf and the entire Marlborough Sounds.

Mr Key said compensation would likely be paid to affected commercial fishers, which could cost up to $20 million.

He denied the move was a bid to get fishers on side after a controversial change in bag limits.

The proposed Hauraki park would cover the inner gulf and Omaha Bay and exclude all commercial activity.

The Marlborough Sounds park would also exclude fin-fishing.

I don’t like to call policies game0changers, it is a naff epithet to use, but finally some smart policy announcements from National…and ones that will resonate with the hundreds of thousands of recreational fishers.

I have a few mates big on fishing and they are universally supportive of this policy. They like what they see,

This smart stuff from National.


– NZ Herald

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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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