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want to go home and sort out the 

fish already caught. This involves 

an early morning excursion, one 

around lunchtime and an evening 

fish. The trips are more than just 

going out fishing – it’s more about 

going out for the adventure and to 

catch the various species available.

Coromandel Fishing Charters of-

fer more than a fishing experi-

ence as there is a lot more to the 

Hauraki Gulf than people imagine. 

To Book your Charter or Christ-

mas function call Tom or Lorraine 

on 0800 267624 or 027 8668001 

or the office at 07 8668928. 

Email: corofishing@gmail.com 

It’s great to see fisher finally us-

ing salt ice to look after their catch 

as the salt ice ensures the catch is 

fresh when 

filleted. 

Coroman-

del Fishing 

Charters 

work in 

unison 

with Salty 

Towers Bait 

and Tackle 

shop who 

offer a fish 

filleting service along 

with supplies of salt ice, bait, ber-

ley and tackle supplies and they 

have fresh mussels available to take 

home as well. Salty Tow-

ers generously filleted 

the catch and vacuum 

packed the fillets ready 

for the family to take 

back to Auckland.

Michael from Coro-

mandel Discovery pro-

vided transport to help 

the family to and from 

Hannaford’s wharf.

Accommodation was 

provided at ‘Top of the Hill’ which 

is well set up for fishing groups. 

Being only two minutes from 

town on six private acres, it pro-

vides an excellent spot to unwind 

with family or friends. They have 

sheltered fish filleting facilities, 

a choice of two smokehouses, 

outdoor barbeque area, Pizzeria 

(Indoor Pizza oven and bar) with 

loads of safe car and  boat parking. 

For more photos of the 

boats, accommodation & visi-

tors comments check out the 

Bookabach listing ID #18733.

As an alternative they also have 

‘Fish Inn’, self-contained accom-

modation in the heart of Coro-

mandel town.  ‘Fish Inn’ is a very 

short walk to the pubs, shops and 

cafes and has ample off street park-

ing. Bookabach listing ID #37501.

The ‘Top of the Hill” accommoda-

tion also operate Coromandel Boat 

Hire which has two x FC430 centre 

console boats.  They are surveyed 

for 4 people max per boat. Staff 

are happy to launch & retrieve or 

you can self-drive. Staff can also 

offer advice about good fishing 

spots etc. as around the Coroman-

del water experience is essential. 

For more information feel free to 

phone Nikki 027 8668 234 or Rob 027 

2976 299 or email rob.nik@xtra.co.nz 

The Race4Life Trust was established 

in May 2015, to fulfil the wishes of 

palliative care patients (18+) and 

is the only trust in New Zealand 

that specifically provides this ser-

vice, to enable people living with 

life limiting illness to realise their 

dreams and create memories that 

they and their families can cherish.  

The trusts mission is to seek 

to provide people with the 

means to fulfil their wishes.

A wish is a gift of optimism 

and happiness at a time when 

people need it the most. 

 

To be able to be able to fulfil these 

wishes is a privilege and makes 

such a difference for the wish re-

cipient, their family and the com-

munity.  A wish brings people 

together, provides a memorable 

experience and a connected-

ness of families and communities.  

The trusts first wish was fulfilled 

in September 2015 and since 

then they have fulfilled wishes 

to 70 recipients; 95% of which 

were in the Auckland Region. 

 

Currently the Race4Life Trust is a to-

tally voluntary service that is funded 

through the generos-

ity of supporters, busi-

nesses, donors, grants, 

volunteers and com-

munities and all op-

erations are managed 

by one volunteer with 

support from a Board.

The Race4Life Trust 

grew out of an an-

nual event which 

commenced in 2008 

to provide an oppor-

tunity for Mercy Hos-

pice patients and their 

dear ones to enjoy a 

day out doing some-

thing very different. 

 

The event was oper-

ated by a group of 

businessmen and 

women, race car own-

ers and drivers, sound 

sponsors and many 

volunteers, family 

members and organisations.  And 

different it was, whether it was rid-

ing in a racing car or on a Harley Da-

vidson, taking a trip in a helicopter 

or experiencing the deep throated 

roar inside a Mustang muscle car.  

The key for patients, families 

and helpers was “togetherness”. 

 

It became apparent through shar-

ing and listening on that day 

that there were a good many un-

fulfilled desires amongst those 

whose life expectancy was limited.  

Thus arose what is now officially 

called the WISH-LIST service, which is 

the true basis of the Race4Life Trust.   

The event was so successful and 

created wonderful memories for 

families and their terminally ill 

family members that a decision 

was reached to make it an annual 

event and to call it RACE FOR LIFE.  

In 2015 the Race4Life Trust was 

formed to fulfil wishes to pal-

liative adults (18+) and cre-

ate memorable experiences for 

the recipient and their family.

Go to www.race4life.

co.nz  for more information.

Race4Life Trust

The Government’s 90 per cent swim-

mability target covers waterways 

over 40cm deep and lakes more than 

1.5km in perimeter so the target is 

practical and measurable, Environ-

ment Minister Dr Nick Smith says. 

“A creek or stream that is less than 

40cm deep is not that practical to 

swim in and there is not the reli-

able data on water quality in the 

400,000km of smaller waterways to 

enable us to set meaningful targets. 

This shows how shallow and bi-

ased the government really is to-

wards water quality and is quite 

unrealistic given that a good 

percentage of pollution comes 

via these smaller waterways. 

This is because the regulatory au-

thorities have not carried out their 

responsibilities over time and al-

lowed waterways to get to the 

state they’re because they have 

sided with industry in the degrada-

tion. The fact that a smaller creek 

or stream is unswimmable is an ir-

revalent point and should not be 

taken into account. Many fish spe-

cies live in these areas and poor 

water quality has an effect on them.

These comments by the minister 

show how naive he really is and how 

his perception has been shaded by 

those involved in allowing pollut-

ants to enter the waterways and is 

shows how he doesn’t understand 

the damage water extraction can do 

to smaller creeks and streams and 

the lower reaches of larger rivers.

Smith goes on to justify his rant: 

“It is incorrect to claim there is 

no requirement under the Na-

tional Policy Statement (SPN) to 

improve water quality in these 

400,000km of creeks and streams. 

Ninety per cent of these flow into 

rivers and lakes that have specific 

targets and monitoring require-

ments. There is also a general re-

quirement on councils to improve 

water quality in all waterways.

“I would encourage councils to 

include in their monitoring and re-

porting smaller waterways if they 

are locally significant. However, it 

is not practical to make it compul-

sory or to include it in the national 

targets. I have already had councils 

raise concerns about the costs to 

ratepayers of the new monitoring 

requirements in the NPS. The nation-

al targets and monitoring system to 

ensure progress will not work if each 

region has different definitions.

However the Councils can get away 

with poor monitoring and have 

no-one to answer to. A regulatory 

body needs to be set up to ensure 

that Councils toe the line and that 

every CEO is held responsible for 

the failure of his staff to comply.

“The Government is step by step 

strengthening our management 

of fresh water. We introduced com-

pulsory water metering in 2009, the 

first NPS on Fresh Water in 2011, the 

requirement to limit nutrients in 

2014, the Environment Reporting 

Act in 2015 and these swimmability 

targets this year. We have also in-

creased by six-fold funding for fresh 

water clean-ups to $450 million.

“The Government shares with 

environment groups an ambi-

tion to improve New Zealand’s 

water quality but where we differ 

is ensuring the standards and tar-

gets are practical and affordable.”

Government not practical in swimmability target

Cover story continued...

New Zealand First today tabled an 

amendment to the Crown Miner-

als Act that would collect royal-

ties on drinking water exports.

“The government refused leave 

for the bill to be introduced be-

cause they can’t seem to make 

their minds up on charging for 

drinking water exports,” says 

Denis O’Rourke, New Zealand 

First Environment Spokesperson. 

“The Prime Minister says on 

one hand that he will look into 

it, while Environment Minister 

Nick Smith spent most of the 

week saying that the current vol-

ume is too small to worry about.

“Even a modest per-litre royalty 

on nine-million litres of drinking 

water exported would generate 

at least $900,000 per year, and 

that is a lot of money, especially 

when that sum can only grow.

“If drinking water exports went to 

0.001% of all extracted water, roy-

alties grow to about $20m a year 

and that’s not only good for tax-

payers, it could also be great for 

the economic development of the 

regions that water comes from.  

“This is why New Zealand First to-

day tried to introduce in Parliament 

an amendment to the Crown Miner-

als Act. This would classify drinking 

water for export as a mineral for the 

purposes of the Act and would then 

be subject to a royalty to be decid-

ed in consultation with the people 

of the region the water comes from. 

“And it also ensures that 25% to 50 % 

of royalties would go back to those 

regions for local infrastructure and 

for regional economic development 

and job creation,” says Mr O’Rourke.

NZFIRST TABLES WATER ROYALTY BILL