Northern News : August 3rd 2011
7 NORTHERN NEWS, AUGUST 3, 2011 NEWS If you were in the care of the State before 1992 and have concerns about your experiences .... You now have the chance to be heard, in confidence, by a panel of qualified people who will be visiting your area. Talking with the Panel will provide an opportun for you to share your concerns. The Panel will listen and where needed a tailored package of assistance can be offered. State care includes children's homes, foster care the special education sector, health camps and other residential health facilities. For more information call our freephone: 0800 356 567 visit www.listening.govt.nz or write to us at PO Box 5939 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145. e, Some memories never fade. CONFIDENTIAL LISTENING & ASSISTANCE SERVICE An independent agency supported by the Department of Internal Affairs AFF10247 nity REGISTRATIONS CLOSING SOON - ACT NOW. Laser Diagnosis Advanced Restorative Techniques Teeth Whitening Hygienist / Dyrene Wilson WINZ Quotes / ACC FREE dental treatment for adolescents aged 13-18 years 95 Kerikeri Rd (opp Police Station) • www.keridentalcare.co.nz Phone for an appointment 09 407 3538 New patients welcome! A Family Practice with a Gentle Approach Now part of the Lumino Group www.northernnews.co.nz More and more people are turning to our online editions everyday! Packed with extra features like video, audio, weblinks, galleries, your news and competitions, they'r the ultimate multimedia experience FREE Just click on "Latest Edition" at News that you can Read, Hear & Watch! Get more online Alarm over fish farms A meeting about aquaculture options for the Far North has set alarm bells ringing for conservation activist Dean Baigent-Mercer. The Kaeo resident fears pristine coastal areas, such as Paradise Bay and Stephensons Island -- out from Whangaroa Harbour -- are being secretly targeted as locations for mass- ive fish farms. He accuses the ministry and the Northland Regional Council of conducting talks behind closed doors. Why are deals being done that will effectively privatise the sea for large fishing companies? he asks. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry director-general Wayne McNee says meetings have taken place between various government departments and regional authorities to determine appropriate areas where there are opportunities for future growth of the aquaculture sector. The unit is the government s key adviser on aquaculture. The recent meeting with the North- land Regional Council that Mr Baigent-Mercer refers to was designed to understand what ecological, environmental and social information it holds to help us identify opportunities in Northland to develop the aquaculture sector, he says. Mr Baigent-Mercer says commercial fishing interests have unfairly dominated the coast and deep sea in the past. I believe coastal communities should not have more corporate fishing desires forced on them. The fishing industry has already taken most of the fish and destroyed vast areas of productive marine eco- systems by bottom trawling. Mr Baigent-Mercer calls for long- term planning. Aquaculture needs to fit within the big picture -- not be made the priority that bulldozes over all other interests. But Mr McNee says aquaculture growth -- within appropriate areas and within sound ecological limits -- has the potential to deliver significant economic growth and employment opportunities for Northland. Regional income in Northland from aquaculture is estimated to be about $30 million a year and this could grow to over $200 million by 2025. I encourage the public to actively engage in any future resource consent applications relating to aquaculture in order to ensure that any development best serves both the region and New Zealand as a whole.
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