Category Archives: Forestry

Submission on Mitigation of Sedimentation in the Sounds

The Guardians is sending a submission to the Council Plan relating to the issue of sedimentation from forestry activities and the damage that this causes to the life of the Sounds.

The submission itself can be read here:

Mitigating Fine Sediments from Forestry Submission
Mitigating Fine Sediments from Forestry Submission
Mitigating Fine Sediments from Forestry Submission.pdf
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Please support this by adding your support to the document. You can do this by sending your name, address and email to the Guardians of the Sounds using our contact form.

The Councils own weighty document on the subject can be downloaded here:

Mitigating Fine Sediment from Forestry in Coastal Waters of the Marlborough Sounds
Mitigating Fine Sediment from Forestry in Coastal Waters of the Marlborough Sounds
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Totaras for Totaranui

The Totaras for Totaranui project has a long term goal of replanting native trees in the Marlborough Sounds.

Our forefathers removed 1 million cubic feet of native trees from the area, Now is the right time to replant the Sounds for a sustainable future.

This is a practical project which will enable us to offer Environmental Education to our younger generation by involving them in the removal of pest species and restoration of local native forests.

Check out the new website

Get in touch to get involved.

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Port Underwood and Waikawa roads used by approximately 100 logging trucks daily averted.

Logging Transport to Shakespeare Bay

Five Years ago, the Guardians had a mandate from the local community to negotiate an accord with the Forestry Industry and Marlborough District Council (M.D.C) to barge export logs out of Onepua Bay, Tory Channel, using the road for local mill supply only. This was achieved with great effort in time and energy, and the agreement has worked extremely well to date, for all parties.

Being alerted the evening prior by a concerned citizen of the intention of M.D.C to decide whether or not to allow a company, without resource consent, to truck their logs over Port Underwood and Waikawa roads to Shakespeare Bay Port, in lieu, they offered to pay the M.D.C for the use of the same roads, Pete attended the M.D.C. Assets and Services Committee meeting on February 2nd 2012. Pete presented – despite opposition – several relevant facts, pertinent to the subject.

A positive outcome for residents of Port Underwood and Waikawa Roads. No more trucks to use them, than presently do, and to continue with the barging of logs
ex Whataroa Forest, for export from Shakespeare Bay.

NB: Had the opposite occurred, up to 100 trucks could have been on Port Underwood Road & Waikawa roads daily.

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Methyl Bromide Draft Code of Practice for Port Marlborough

Proposed by The Guardians of the Sounds

Site Specific Code of Practice for Use of Methyl Bromide in Shakespeare Bay

  1. That no release of fumigant gas shall be released to atmosphere when there is evidence of a cold inversion layer present in the form of cloud cover over Port Shakespeare and Picton that would allow for toxic gas to rise, reach the ceiling and be swept by any North west winds over the Picton community.
  2. That wind socks and electronic wind monitors to tell of wind strength and direction, to be erected around the log yard that needs to be checked before fumigations are commenced. And during fumigations if wind direction should change.
  3. Fumigant gas not to be released in very still conditions to protect health and safety of fumigators, port workers and employees of businesses adjacent to port boundary. In still conditions the gasses may linger or go to ground.
  4. Fumigation not to occur if there are North West Winds that could blow a plume of gas over town.
  5. Temperature needs to factor in conditions of release also, not to be released under a set temperature. Should it be allowed to be released on a rainy day that is cool with no sun to help flash it off with still conditions ?
  6. No fumigation when there are ferries or cruise ships are berthing or tied at a berth
  7. That all fumigation workers must wear protective clothing gas masks and gloves approved for use for handling or exposure to toxic fumigants. Gas masks/ filters to be used only once.
  8. All port workers to vacate port yard while fumigations are being undertaken and not to return until monitoring assures the supervisor that there is zero risk of exposure to said fumigant.
  9. Fumigations to be monitored by a company that is totally independent of Genera or Port Marlb. NMHD to be notified of any release of fumigant to atmosphere.
    The decision made on whether climatic conditions and wind and weather is suitable needs to be expert in this field, but independent !
  10. Not sure what your monitoring regime is, obviously you monitor around the yard and around boundary, but what about the lookout above the port, (outside boundary ) because there is an obvious risk that as the gas rises the wind could blow a plume onto hills above port and threaten public !
    What about monitoring down on the big wharf, terminal, fore shore, Nelson Square.
    It needs to be more than just the yard boundary fence.
  11. Owners of houses in residential areas in Port shakespear and on hills in vicinity of port to be notified, along with boat owners on vessels in shakespear bay. To be notified of fumigations
  12. Query !!!!! concerned about risk to workers in businesses along West Shore, would it be better to fumigate outside of work hrs ?
  13. I suspect that the heat of the sun helps flash the gas off to atmosphere ideal time frame would probably be in early evening after 6.00 pm.
  14. Would it be possible for Port Marlb to notify Picton Community of fumigations through Radio Marlborough and Marlb Radio VHF & Port company operators on Ch19.
  15. That vehicle access should be denied to public around the west shore while fumigations are being carried out.
  16. No Fumigants should be allowed to be stored on Port Marlborough premises unless it is in a specially designed building that complies with HSNO regulations that Port Marlb have a resource consent for.
  17. Water quality. Methyl Bromide is eco toxic, so when wharves/ships holds are washed down the discharge must be filtered to prevent toxins entering marine environment. Fresh water streams in shakespear bay must be monitored after fumigations so to shell fish beds.
  18. Policy 1.1 of the Marlborough Sounds resource management plan 17.2.3 need to be adhered to.
  19. Port supervisors to work with MDC staff to set up an up to date Hazardous screening programme. Keeping good data/records of fumigations eg amount of fumigant used per tonnage, when, where, how often.
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Wilding Pine

23rd December 2007

To whom it May concern,

The Guardians of the Sounds an incorporated society with a membership made up of local marlb people, Sounds property owners and Sounds users from both around NZ and overseas, we have been actively campaigning for the restoration of the natural Sounds environment for 10 years.

One of the concerns at the top of our list is the issue of wilding pines, they are multiplying at such an alarming rate, that we believe that within 10- 20 yrs the whole Southern side of the sound will become one big pine tree plantation.

We simply cannot sit and wait for the Agencies to act, because by then it will be too late. This is a grass roots from the ground up community initiative , it is about the Sounds community taking ownership .

We endorse and support the efforts of The Marlborough Sounds Restoration Trust, The reports they have had prepared are very thorough , having been prepared by professionals who are the South Islands foremost experts in their fields with excellent local knowledge who are well known to our local DOC and District council agencies .

Guardians will help and support the MSRT in any way possible.

Your Sincerely,

Pete Beech,

Chairman ,Guardians of The Sounds.

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Regional Policy Statement 2008

Kia Ora ,

These are thoughts on the need to develop long term strategic planning for

Totaranui Queen Charlotte Sounds.

I have limited this submission to Totaranui, QCS , My knowledge of Hioere,Pelorus is limited and judgements on its future is best left to persons who are better aquainted than myself, the only suggestion is that Tenneson Inlet Worlds End and d’Urville, Is French Pass should be made into MPA’s and don’t allow those wonderful big outer Sounds inlets like Port Gore and Titirangi be made into AMA areas, it is their seclusion that makes them so special don’t allow them to be fulled up to the eyes with aquaculture

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