Open Forum – Wednesday

4 April 2018


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  1. David

     /  April 4, 2018

    Interesting bit of biffo, basically once again Peters has advocated for his fisheries mates and delayed forever the placing of cameras on every vessel, stops too much by catch and scooping up birds and dolphins. The Greens and Labour were scathing of how slow National were in implementing this…and they were but now its all ready to go it looks like Winston says no.
    My question is the Greens dont need to roll over on this they hold equal power, Greenpeace are nowhere to be seen, the very vocal Maui dolphin people absent and from being a front page story when their is a seismic vessel passing by to totally ignored.

    • Blazer

       /  April 4, 2018

      Find it hard to believe cameras would be effective….just think of the excuses…re their operation at sea.

      • David

         /  April 4, 2018

        They are tamper proof and are in use in Australia successfully. We have fisheries officers present on quite a few boats already so clearly monitoring is necessary.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 4, 2018

          What about when waves cover them ?

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 4, 2018

            They have to be protected from salt spray anyway. Like all marine instruments and equipment.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 4, 2018

              But wouldn’t the water obscure the view ?

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  April 4, 2018

    Health under spending.

  3. Laugh of the day, Speaker Mallard tells Labour MPs they’re not seals. This was an excellent exchange where both Bridges and Ardern gave as good as they got.