Coastal News - March 2016

Columns
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Beach Hop time is almost here and  once again   we will be celebrating the best of the 1950s and 60s.

It truly is one of the  great regular Coromandel events famous around New Zealand and now internationally too.

The logistics required for this spectacular experience get bigger and better every year and it’s a credit to the wonderful local volunteers that Beach Hop always happens seamlessly and I am sure this year will be no exception. 

This is the 16th year where we celebrate the best of rock and roll music and roaring V8 engines – it’s always a great treat for all the family.  I know we are all set for a fantastic time.

Recreational Fishing Park for the Inner Hauraki Gulf.  Fishing with family and friends is one of New Zealander’s favourite pastimes. A discussion paper about how we should best manage marine protected areas has been released by Environment Minister, Nick Smith. One of the proposals includes the creation of a recreational fishing park in the inner Hauraki Gulf covering the Firth of Thames. Commercial fishing that competes with recreational fishing within the proposed park would be prohibited. Even though it will be on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, if you have a view on the proposal or want to know more about the details you can contact my office for a copy of the paper or get it on line http:/www.mfe.govt.nz/publications/marine/new-marine-protected-areas-act-consultation-document .
 
What do you think about our flag?   There’s a lot of public discussion whether we keep or change our current flag and you will have received your voting paper for the second flag referendum.

This is the first time we as individual New Zealanders have had a chance to have a say in what flag we should have and it may be the last time we do this for a generation.
Whatever your view I urge you to complete the voting paper and return it by the 24 March.


Authorised by Scott Simpson MP, 614 Pollen Street, Thames