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Mornings are cool, the 

trees are turning, I think we 

might have an early winter?.

The recent not so heavy rain here 

was perfect for the Tongariro; lev-

els fluctuated from 38 – up and 

down to a max of 230 cumecs

With it came the Browns the 

first photograph a 14lber plus.

Three of us fished a pool and land-

ed more than 30 fish two of which 

were 9lb Browns, if you would like 

to see the evidence visit www.

Tongarirofishingguide.co.nz. The 

upper river has fished okay gener-

ally a mixed bag of fish from very 

nice to everything in between.

We suggest heavier fluro or mono 

whatever you use because 

the number of big fish lost 

stories has been amazing.

Last month I had sug-

gested (I think) to keep 

watching this space, keep 

watching because it just 

keeps getting better, Lake 

and rivers holding beau-

tifully conditioned fish.

Natural small patterns ac-

counting for most fish, 

“Lively Legz” tied nymphs 

working very well.

Anyone looking for a spare 

spool for a Hardy Viscount 

140 MK11 we have a number 

of these still in original box-

es, give us a call 07 386 7929.

If you have not tried an 

Echo Rod yet, are look-

ing for an inexpensive rod 

with a lifetime guarantee, 

you will not beat one of these, 

ask someone who owns one

We have several SUNRAY demo 

lines available for you to try, 

come on in and take one out.

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Didymo Dave

I began doing CHECK CLEAN DRY 

advocacy in the summer of 2007 

and at that stage the programme 

was designed to stop the trans-

fer of Didymo around the South 

Island and into the North Island 

by changing people’s behaviour. 


It didn’t take too long though 

for some of us involved to figure 

out that it needed to expanded.  

For instance Hornwort is in Lake 

Taupo and Lake Rotoaira but NOT 

in Lake Otamangakau Hornwort 

is a bigger threat to Lake 0 than 

Didymo. Plus, Hornwort is NOT 

in the South Island so keeping it 

out of there was important too. 

In addition Alligator weed and pest 

fish are in the lower Waikato River 

and that’s where we want them to 

stay so all this brought about the 

change in thinking from a Didymo 

focused programme to a freshwater 

pest programme. But despite wide-

spread advertising, banners etc 

most people still think the primary 

aim of CHECK CLEAN DRY is stop-

ping Didymo getting to the North 

Island and that is very frustrating.

The other change a few of us 

made was to think globally, out-

side of New Zealand. So rather 

than wait till someone visiting 

New Zealand arrived and then 

trying to find them and educate 

them let’s see if we can educate 

them about CHECK CLEAN DRY in 

their own home in their country. 

This has worked really well and 

we did it through regular posts 

on websites. Ross and Pip Baker 

of Tongariro River  Motels have a 

huge following and Ross’s daily re-

ports are viewed worldwide. The 

same goes for Graham and Cathy 

Whyman who own Sporting Life 

in Turangi and post daily reports 

on their site. I’m staggered at the 

number of overseas fishermen I 

meet who have learnt about CHECK 

CLEAN DRY through either the 

TRM or Sporting Life daily report.

But it’s not just fishing, 

for example through 

doing wetsuit clean-

ing dips at events like 

lronman NZ we now 

have athletes around 

the world far more 

aware of freshwater 

pests globally. Lance 

Purdon and Jodie 

Barker compete each 

year in lronman NZ 

and before they leave 

their home in Canber-

ra they wash and dry their wetsuits.

Then Steffan Broock who is an 

lronman competitor liked a tee 

shirt I had on one year so I gave it 

to him and at the next corporate 

board meeting he attended in 

Portland, Oregon he wore it. The 

other members of the board, all 

in shirts n ties were a bit surprised 

when he showed up wearing a tee 

shirt with “REAL MEN KEEP THEIR 


So please, give us a hand. Ad-

here to the CHECK CLEAN DRY 

programme, think freshwater 

pests and think international. 

Didymo signage sent by a fisherman 

with “Look what’s in Chile” attached. 


A farmer and a family company have 

been convicted and fined a total of 

$65,750 for unlawful discharges of 

dairy effluent on two Waikato farms.

Ian Douglas Troughton and GT & 

AB Limited were convicted and 

sentenced by Judge David Kirkpat-

rick in the Auckland District Court 

for offences under the Resource 

Management Act.  The discharg-

es occurred between December 

2015 and March 2016 at farms 

located at Patetonga and Turua.

The prosecution, brought by Wai-

kato Regional Council, followed 

a complaint about effluent man-

agement practices on one of the 

farms in December 2015. A coun-

cil inspection found that efflu-

ent had overflowed from a small 

sump flowing 130 metres across 

the paddock and into a farm drain 

that linked to the Piako River.

The farm had previously been in-

spected in 2012 by the council and 

Mr Troughton had been advised that 

the effluent storage was inadequate 

and at high risk of overflowing.

Council staff inspected another 

property owned by Mr Troughton 

in March 2016.  A pipe was found to 

be discharging dairy effluent from 

an underpass directly into a pad-

dock where it had formed a large 

pond. The effluent had also made its 

way to a farm drain that links to the 

Waihou River. Council staff gave di-

rection to the farmer to clean up the 

effluent. However this was not done.

The council’s investigations man-

ager Patrick Lynch said:  “The 

inadequacy of the effluent man-

agement system on the first farm 

was clearly pointed out to the 

farmer some years ago but he 

elected to do nothing about it. 

“It is disappointing that we have 

had to revert to prosecution to, 

hopefully, bring about positive 

behavioural change. We trust that 

the fines imposed here serve as 

a reminder to all farmers to have 

adequate storage for their dairy 

effluent and be vigilant with their 

management of their systems.”

I wasn’t questioning how many 

dairy farms were in the Waikato, 

and fully understand the enor-

mity of this task. However once a 

non-compliant farmer IS identi-

fied the task is made 100% easier.

Part of the pollution problems 

we have is down to a few farm-

ers that won’t act and carry out 

compliance requirements when 

advised and this gives all farmers 

a very bad name, when in fact it is 

a few that should where this title.

Fishing and Outdoors newspaper:

The bigger issue here is that 

once the Council found that ‘Mr 

Troughton had been advised that 

the effluent storage was inad-

equate and at high risk of over-

flowing’ in 2012 is why did the 

Council not closely monitor it?

Why did it take 3-4 years and 

why did the Council wait 

for and act on a complaint?

Waikato Regional Council:

We were disappointed that guid-

ance was given to Mr Troughton, 

as it is given to many farmers, 

and he elected not to act on it.

We trusted that he would act 

on the advice given to him.

There are approximately 4500 thou-

sand dairy farms in the Waikato 

and we are simply not able to visit 

every farm on a regular basis. We are 

reliant on the eyes and ears of the 

community to make us aware of po-

tential breaches so that we may re-

spond accordingly, as occurred here. 

You will note that it was a proac-

tive inspection of the second farm 

that found the discharges there. 

Fishing and Outdoors newspaper:

In this case the non-compliant farm-

er was identified; he was given ad-

vice as the Council says. Then there 

is a time period of 3-4 years be-

fore Council acted on a complaint 

made by a member of the public!!

Really, so from what Council is say-

ing they ignored the non-compliant 

farmer with no follow-up until a 

complaint was made by a member of 

the public. This is exactly where the 

problem lies. Council are not follow-

ing up on non-compliant farmers.

This shows that Council need a 

major shakeup on how they deal 

with these issues. Why should 

good farmers get a bad name be-

cause of Council incompetence?

Dairy effluent discharges result in large fines 

Nick (Ecoli) Smith thinks you 

won’t notice the extra poo they’re 

sneaking into our rivers and lakes. 

Last month the Government an-

nounced their new “ambitious” 

freshwater plan for our rivers. A 

plan that, while it looks good as a 

headline, when you dig into the 

details, you’ll find is full of poo.

Rather than putting in place plans to 

improve the quality of our rivers and 

lakes, the Government has actually 

lowered water quality standards so 

that it looks like they’re doing some-

thing about the state of our rivers.

Under the old system, for a water-

way to be considered swimmable, 

the acceptable level of E.coli was 

less than 260 per 100 mL of water.

Scientists use the amount of E.coli 

as an indicator of faecal contami-

nation present in fresh water and 

therefore the health risk it poses.

Under the new system, the gov-

ernment considers a river swim-

mable when the level of E. coli is 

540 per 100 mL increasing the risk 

of campylobacter infection and 

other pathogens. The Ministry of 

Health guidelines called this stand-

ard an “alert” value and rated it a 

‘C’. Now the government gives it 

an ‘A’ and describes it as “excellent”.

The government are using under-

handed PR tricks to make it look 

like they’re cleaning our rivers. 

In reality, what they’ve done 

is lower water quality stand-

ards so that our rivers pose a 

greater risk of infection and can 

still be considered “swimmable”.

They think they can trick the New 

Zealand public. Instead, you can 

make this the tipping point. To-

gether, we can send an audacious 

message that our government, and 

the public, won’t be able to ignore.

For those that voted the National 

Party in go and take a good look 

in the mirror. Is this the govern-

ment that you voted to lead us, 

they are heavily involved in eco-

terrorism and the destruction of our 

land, fishery and waterways. You 

should be ashamed of yourselves.

You know, it is almost unbeliev-

able that in self-proclaimed ‘clean, 

green New Zealand,’ a huge lake 

inhabited by untold native eels, a 

thriving population of brown trout 

and bountiful birdlife, like Lake 

Ellesmere along with its significant 

river sources, should have been al-

lowed to completely die in front of 

our very eyes within less than a gen-

eration – and all to satisfy the crav-

ings for freshwater to irrigate arid 

land that was never meant to hold 

dairy cattle in the pursuit of the Al-

mighty Dollar and despite the envi-

ronmental damage. The look at the 

state of mid Canterbury rivers, the 

National Party is a national disgrace.

Stinky smelly filthy water is okay



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