marlborough sounds

Someone should tell these tools that trout farming is illegal in NZ

There are community protests underway against a fish farm proposal in the Marlborough Sounds.

More than 200 people turned out to protest against a proposed fish farm at Okiwi Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

Residents, holiday makers and day trippers gathered at the bay on Saturday with the message: “Hands off Okiwi Bay.”

Dutch-owned Skretting Ltd applied to the Marlborough District Council in January for resource consent to construct a tank-based finfish research facility, operate a hazardous goods facility, and discharge contaminated seawater into Okiwi Bay, 90 kilometres west of Blenheim.

Protesters holding placards linked arms and chanted “hands off Okiwi Bay” on their way to the beach.

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Ben and Olivia remain a scar on our nation’s psyche

The man convicted of murdering Ben Smart and Olivia Hope in the Marlborough Sounds almost 18 years ago claims he never met, or even laid eyes on the pair.

Scott Watson told North & South journalist Mike White … that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and police picked him out.

“I think it was because I had a criminal record, and I was [at Furneaux Lodge] alone and I left alone. I told them that. Basically I was an easy target for them. I was the easiest person that they could pick.”

Mr Smart, 21, and Miss Hope, 17, disappeared on New Year’s Day on 1998 after they were last seen boarding a yacht moored in Endeavour Inlet off Furneaux Lodge. Their bodies have never been found.

Watson is serving a life sentence with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years and at his first hearing in front of the Parole Board in July was declined parole because he was assessed with “a very high risk of future reoffending”.

The 44-year-old says in the interview, granted only after a judge ruled a ban on it by Corrections was unreasonable, that he knew nothing of the missing pair. Read more »