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Divers are being warned to “catch a
feed, not a fine” this summer after 25
people were busted for catching large
hauls of undersized paua near Hokianga.
The Ministry for Primary Industries
(MPI) summer programme commenced
last week and began with a three
day operation at Kawerua, south of
MPI compliance officers caught 25
people who had broken the recreational
limit of 10 paua per person, per day, or
the minimum size limit of 125mm.
Of these 25 people, 10 were facing
prosecution for taking more than the
daily recreational limit and 14 others
have been issued with instant fines.
The driver of a car containing 250
undersized paua was also facing serious
It was extremely disappointing to
see this valuable resource treated with
disrespect, MPI District Compliance
Manager for Northland Darren Edwards
He said luckily, most of the 750 paua
that were seized during the operation
were returned to the sea, giving them
some chance of sur vival.
“ Northland’s paua fishery faces a
growing threat with this sort of gathering
and puts the future paua stocks at risk.
It ’s not like paua move around much.
Once an area is stripped it can take years
“ It ’s not like you can’t get legal paua
from the area. A group we inspected
had legal catches, all paua over the
minimum size of 125mm and no more
than 10 per person. ” Mr Edwards said
the majority of those apprehended were
locals from the Hokianga area and it was
disappointing to see a small number of
the community treat their own resource
with such disregard.
Mr Edwards said compliance officers
and honorary fisheries officers would be
active throughout Northland over the
busy summer months checking fishers’
“ Respect the rules and catch a feed, not
a fine,” he said.
Mr Edwards said MPI encouraged
people to report any suspicious fishing
activity to 0800 476 224. — N Z ME
of the New Zealand Herald
network operator, has entered into
new ser vice agreements with Downer
and Transfield Ser vices to build part
of its government-subsidised ultrafast
Under the agreements the ser vice
will provide network
connections for Chorus’s ultra-fast
broadband to single dwellings in the
lower North Island and South Island
at fixed prices, the Wellington-based
company said in a statement.
The two agreements do not change the
network operator’s for ward guidance of
$1150 to $1350 per connection and will
apply from February. On an annualised
basis, the new contracts are 10 to 20%
lower than the existing guidance.
“The new agreements mean that each
ser vice company will continue to operate
in the same areas and provide Chorus
with greater certainty on its connection
cost targets,” general manager of
infrastructure Ed Beattie said.
The network operator has also agreed
to a new fixed UFB deployment contract
with Visionstream for the Auckland
area, replacing the previous targeted cost
deployment costs of the UFB come
after the Commerce Commission
effectively lifted the amount the network
operator can charge telecommunications
companies for the use of its regulated
copper lines. The regulator had earlier
slashed the amount, which Chorus said
left a hole in the funding of its UFB
rollout, which was commissioned by the
Chorus expects to update its
$1.7 billion to $1.9 billion forecast cost
for building the UFB network once it
completes talks with parties over new
agreements in other areas.
Shares of Chorus were unchanged at
$2.62 and have gained 82% since the
start of the year.
A capsized vessel was located in the
Rangitoto Channel yesterday, but no one
has been found in connection to it.
Police carried out a search yesterday
including police vessel Deodar 3, the
police helicopter, Westpac Rescue
helicopter and coastguard vessels after
the dinghy was spotted about midday
Police did not know whether any
persons were with this vessel when it
The vessel is a green plastic dinghy
with a grey plastic seat and outboard
It has a yellow bow line and a Fisheries
measuring sticker in the centre of the
It is fitted with a small Yamaha engine
with a white cowling.
Any persons with any knowledge of
this vessel or information that may
lead to the identification of the owner
can contact Maritime Police on 0800
102835. — NZ ME
Two launches collided in Whangarei
Harbour last night, leaving them both
The launches collided at the entrance
to the harbour and the circumstances
of the incident were being investigated
by Maritime New Zealand, Northland’s
Regional Harbourmaster Jim Lyle said.
Authorities were now speaking with
the owner of the more badly-damaged
launch, which ended up in the Marsden
Cove overnight with extensive damage
to its bow.
The other vessel had been removed
from the water in Whangarei today for
repairs, My Lyle said.
Mr Lyle said the incident ser ved as a
reminder of the importance of keeping
a proper lookout and using correct
navigation lights on the water.
“Unfortunately, this overnight incident
shows just how easily and spectacularly
things can go wrong and we’re very lucky
not to have had a serious injury, or even
a death, as a result.” He said one of the
fundamental rules of navigation was ‘see
and be seen’ and while that may or may
not have been a factor in this case, too
many boaties were placing themselves
and others at unnecessary risk by
ignoring this and travelling the region’s
Mr Lyle said boaties needed to ensure
they kept a proper lookout lookout at all
times, which meant having a degree of
awareness around the entire vessel, not
just the direction it was headed in.
He also said navigation lights were
an essential part of any boat ’s safety
Mr Lyle urged people navigating
in Northland waters to take the time
to familiarise themselves with the
requirements for navigation lights for
their boat, and make sure those lights
were fitted and switched on at night.
“Check you have the correct navigation
lights at night, use them and make sure
you keep a good lookout at all times
regardless of how big or small your boat
is.” — NZME
Launches collide on
Christmas shoppers have spent
$170 million more this month than
at the same last year and retailers are
hoping the splurge will continue on
Christmas Day on-line.
The latest Paymark figures show
spending for the first 22 days of
December is up 4.6% on the same
period last year, with a total of
$3.9 billion spent.
The figures also showed the total
number of transactions for the same
period is up nearly five million on last
Paymark spokesman Mark Spicer
said a number of factors could be at
play, including a late start to summer
and lower fuel prices.
Auckland, Northland, The Bay
of Plenty, Nelson and Otago were
performing well, the figures showed.
However, spending was weak in
Wellington and slow in Taranaki,
Southland and the West Coast.
Retail NZ chief executive Mark
Johnston said the figures confirmed
feedback the organisation had
received from retailers — spending
was particularly strong in watches
and jewellery, health and beauty,
books, video, music and photographic
“These are the sorts of sectors that
I’d expect people to be spending in as
they buy their gifts in the run up to
Christmas,” he said.
Spending on accommodation and
hospitality was up 8% year-on -year
and up at supermarkets and other food
stores by 7.6% . However, spending in
clothing and footwear sectors was
described as weak.
“Retailers are facing real challenges
in a competitive marketplace, with
strong competition from offshore
retailers,” Mr Johnston said.
“However, it ’s too late now to buy
goods from overseas for Christmas,
and we’re expecting a last minute
spend-up as New Zealanders rush to
finish their shopping tomorrow.
“Christmas Eve is usually the biggest
shopping day of the year, and we
expect this year to be no exception. ”
Dick Smith is also hoping to take
advantage of the Christmas Eve
madness, bringing their annual Boxing
Day sale for ward to 6pm today and
running it for five days.
The company ’s CEO Nick Abboud
said on-line sales were expected to
more than double this year with “big
ticket and limited volume items such
as the latest tvs, laptops and notebooks
are expected to fly off the shelves”.
In a press release promoting their
Boxing Day sale, The Warehouse
CEO Simon Turner said last year
at 8pm on Christmas Day was the
thewarehouse.co.nz’s busiest time
of year, “showing just how excited
New Zealanders are to jump on-line
after Christmas lunch is over and
take advantage of early Boxing Day
Mr Turner said he expected traffic to
their website this year to be up on a
third on last year.
Retail NZ spokesman Greg Harford
said retailers were always trying to
get an edge on each other and it was
likely the trend would continue.
People wanted to shop on-line on
Christmas Day which was evident
from the activity seen on the day on
Trade Me, he said.
“There’s definitely a trend towards
on-line sales and this year we’ve seen
retailers try to compete with each
other by bringing sales for ward a
While it was illegal to open physical
retail store on Christmas Day, no such
rule applied for on-line stores, Mr
Tips for Christmas and Boxing Day
1. Ask for an exchange card if you
are unsure of your purchase.
2. Do not be fooled into buying
extended warranties — the Consumer
Guarantees Act means retailers have
to repair or replace faulty goods or
refund your money.
3. Check the expiry date on gift
cards before buying.
4. If you receive a gift card, try to use
it before you lose it.
5. If you bought something
on-line that never showed up or
what arrived was not what was
described and the retailer refuses to
put things right, ask your bank for a
6. Watch swallowable parts when
buying for children — especially
7. Check your receipts and bank
statements. It ’s a busy time of year and
8. It is the responsibility of on-line
retailers to ensure your goods arrive on
time and in good condition, not the
9. Browse other websites to make
sure your Boxing Day bargain really is
as good as it is claimed.
10. Consider your purchase, if you
make a spontaneous decision and then
regret it, a retailer has no obligation to
take it back.
Source: Consumer NZ — NZME
Christmas spending up 4.6% on last year
Paua divers warned to
‘catch a feed, not a fine’
Chorus, Downer in
new service agreements
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