Ngai Tahu have applied for same. Hearings of submissions for, or against, late February.
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Ngai Tahu have applied for same. Hearings of submissions for, or against, late February.
The Guardians of the Sounds, an environmental group made up of Marlborough Sounds property owners , recreational users and tourism operators, would like to make our feelings known to your select committee and would very much like the opportunity to address your committee in person.
The Marlborough Sounds, and in particular the Queen Charlotte Sound, is the largest recreation and tourism area between the Hauraki gulf and Fiordland., it is not only Nationally important but Internationally important. Our tourists tell us that there are very few Sounds like this in the world and it is of international importance that they are protected, enhanced and restored for future generations.
My wife Takutai and I attended your road show in Blenheim. I raised an issue; you said I would be contacted so there would be further discussion.
Your secretary took our contact details but as yet contact has not been made!
Ownership of the seabed is an issue about perception. In 1850 Maori owned and controlled the vast majority of NZ, the pakeha population was roughly 2,000 people Maori population over 500,000.
Dates have now been set for five hearings to be held in May 2010 as part of the next stage of the methyl bromide reassessment process.
The period for commenting on the application for reassessment closed in late February 2010. A total of 92 submissions were received. ERMA New Zealand is now reviewing submissions. Once done, the staff will prepare an update paper for the decision-making committee of the Environmental Risk Management Authority to consider. This will include a summary of submissions and any further relevant information, as well as the staff’s recommendation in light of submissions.
Some of the issues raised in the submissions include buffer zones, modelling, monitoring, recapture and public health concerns.
Approximately 40 per cent of submitters asked to speak at a hearing.
The hearings are set down for:
Venues and times will be confirmed shortly and submitters who have asked to speak at a hearing will be contacted to make arrangements.
After the hearings, the Environmental Risk Management Authority will consider all information put before it, from all sources, before making its decision on future use of the substance.
The decision could approve the use of methyl bromide for some or all of its current uses, add stricter controls, or prohibit some or all of its uses.
A final decision is expected in mid to late 2010.
For further information on the reassessment, visit the homepage at
Members of the public are welcome to attend the hearings, though only submitters may speak.
If you would like to attend a hearing, please register your interest with Samantha Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, 04 918 4880 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 04 918 4880 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, to ensure you are advised of venues and times.
Kia Ora koutou,
The Guardians of the Sounds would like to acknowledge Maori rights to the Foreshore and Seabed, those rights had never been extinguished through legislation, nor had it ever been purchased, the foreshore and seabed legislation was in our view a modern day act of confiscation.
Guardians have fought long and hard to protect the natural environment of the Totaranui,( Queen Charlotte Sounds.) and the culture and physical health and well being of our people.
The whole foreshore and seabed debarcle started here in Marlborough, as a result of squabbles over unfair allocation of the seabed for aquaculture farms , this was because of the way that the MDC hearings committee had allowed themselves to be manipulated by the industry players. In other words they had allowed themselves to be corrupted.
Well after all their posturing it is happening again, the MDC have stuck a backroom deal with the aquaculture industry, they are seeking a variation to the district plan which will get rid of the tendering process,and allow aquaculture companies to apply for private plan changes to select AMA areas.( Aquaculture Marine Areas. ) All this without public consultation.
If a company wants a farm in an area that is not designated as an AMA it can apply to the MOF’s and they will allocate them with an experimental license.
This will mean that the seabed of the Marlborough Sounds will end up being owned by large multinational companies who will monopolize the seabed , the terrible pollution that results from aquaculture farms will ruin the sounds environment and the Sounds people will be powerless to stop it.
You might well say that marine farmers don’t own the sea bed that they only have a right to occupy for a period of time, that’s correct technically, the term is usually for 25 yrs , however we have tried to get salmon farms removed when their time was up but was told that council could apply new conditions, but could not remove the farms. So once they are allocated these companies have a transferable right to the seabed in perpeturity.
The Port Company a subsidiary of the MDC have recently embarked on a course of action which will give them not ownership per say, but absolute control of the foreshore and seabed of Shakespear bay, Waikawa Bay and whatamungo Bays.
This is over allocation of boat moorings and the right to occupy the seabed. When coastal occupancy charges are introduced the MDC will be making a fortune out of the seabed allocations in the Marlborugh Sounds and Maori wont have a bar of it.
The Port Company also have plans for a massive marina development in Waikawa Bay, out over our cockle beds and are steaming ahead with these plans over top of Iwi objections.
These are all issues that need to be addressed by the Foreshore and Seabed Act, the implications are far more serious than just concentrating on public access.
Another thing to be wary of is that all NZ Port companies are council owned and their returns are very poor, any council accountant will tell you it would be far better financially for them to privatize, this would inevitably result in foreign ownership of NZ Ports.
An interesting thing was discovered during the claims process, and that was that when Picton town was purchased by The NZ Company from Te Atiawa they also purchase ownership of Picton Harbour, so back then it was acknowleged that Maori had legal ownership of the seabed.
Sounds property owners , Tourism operators, recreational users, Sounds property owners, tourism operators, recreational users, fishermen, divers, walkers all need to be aware of the Councils current intent to have a variation to change the Sounds plan to get rid of the current Tendering process. This will enable any company applying for an AMA area can be assured they are successful in the resource consent process that they will be granted that area.
The government have instructed local government to create AMA (aquaculture marine areas.) This would be an unpopular move, council have collaborated with the aquaculture industry and told them if they get rid of the tendering process and give them surety the industry can then apply for whatever areas they want as AMA’s (eg areas which are currently prohibited)
This will facilitate another gold rush of applications. I realise the current state of the economy is not conducive to growth but it will pick up. As soon as demand exceeds supply the private plan changes will flood in. At the moment rules in the current plan are not robust enough to regulate or do compliance properly.
Council know and has said later this year they will have a variation to rewrite the Aquaculture laws.
This is fundamentally wrong, they are going to get rid of the tendering process. This will allow industry to choose their own AMA areas and have surety. Knowing that the public won’t be able to affect the process and later after the damage is done they will have an upgrade of the Aquaculture laws.
You say that the industry need surety; the public need surety as well.
This is the cart before the horse.
Council says it is user pays and why should the public have to fund AMA applications for the benefit of industry. That sounds reasonable, unfortunately we know what the end result of these changes will be. The establishment of AMA areas should have been a process instigated by council through a public consultation round so that the public have a chance to say if, where or not at all, with this process Industry chooses and the public have to use a very expensive process using lawyers to object.
The Sounds will become one great big aquaculture farm. We will be unable to stop it, at the hearings the applicants will have a couple of lawyers, RMA consultants, landscape architect, expert witnesses and if the public cannot match their line up, and of course we cannot, the economic argument will win every time. It will allow for privatisation of our sea bed.
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.
Chairman ,Guardians of The Sounds.
Submission re Marine Environment and Blue Cod Fishery in the Marlborough Sounds.
April 2008, Danny and Lyn Boulton
To embrace eco-system based and integrated management preserving a minimum of 35% of the coastal area of the Marlborough Sounds.
‘Before you say no be sure you understand the science and evidence that supports this submission’.
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
21st April 2008
Submission to Proposed NZRPS.
Pete Beech, Chairman of Guardians of The Sounds.
316A Waikawa RD Picton
03 5736901 email@example.com
Kia Ora Dave,
Well I received your letter to get into gear and put my thoughts on paper, I’m not a bureaucrat or academic mate, I haven’t read your proposed policy , and I don’t know an awful lot about what is going on in other areas of the Motu, but we have a strong sense of responsibility for the Marlb Sounds and I’m happy to share my thoughts with you.
My whanau have lived in the sounds for 6 generations, my wife and children are Maori and her Maori whakaaro ( ideals , Kaitiakitanga, Matauranga, ) have had a big impact on my ideals and the kaupapa of the Guardians of the Sounds.