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There has certainly been a lot happening, with the overhaul of the Resource Management Act passing its final hurdle in parliament, to issues around the potential movement of the Salmon Farms in the Marlborough Sounds to new areas.
Last weekend Boaties and Sounds users were encouraged to rendezvous at Te Pangu, the first farm to the right of Tory Channel, on Easter Saturday for a peaceful protest to be held, the trip will take in existing salmon farms and a potential future site. This was a huge success with more than 20 boats sailing up the Tory Channel with the message of “No more salmon farms in our Sounds”.
Much of our time has been spent looking at our holdings in the Sounds area and recently we met with key members of Kono to discuss the ongoing use of our mussel farms. Kono grows, harvests and processes mussels and oysters at its Marlborough based factory and exports to the Asian and U.S markets.
As winter has started to set in, we managed a quick trip up to Lake Rotoiti to attend a celebration with locals and DoC staff, as they celebrated being up at the lake for the past 30 years.
One of our kaumatua Sonny McLaren, joined Pou Matarautaki (DoC Operations Manager) John Wotherspoon and chair of Friends of Rotoiti, Wayne Sowman, for a karakia and to cut the cake during the celebrations.
The Te Tau Ihu Partnership Proposal has come about from the Department of Conservation working with our iwi to look at an opportunity in Nelson Tasman to achieve remarkable conservation gains for the region.
An agreement in principle for the concept from Ngati Kuia, Ngāti Apa ki te Rā Tō, Nelson City, Tasman District and Marlborough District Councils to pursue the landscape scale collaborative conservation project across the whole of the Te Tau Ihu region is now being put in place.
Iwi officially welcomed Superintendent Mike Johnson to the role of the Tasman Police District Commander, at a powhiri at Whakatu Marae. He has been on secondment from this role since as the Project Executive Officer for the Human Resource Information System project, since January 2016.
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