Blue Wellington: August News

03 Aug 2009

Ooh what a great mingling of minds we had at the BLUE WELLINGTON gathering this month (held on 5 August).We featured newly establishing community group Friends of Taputeranga Marine Reserve, hosted in the back function room of our usual venue the Southern Cross Bar, Abel Smith Street.

A slide show was presented and a general discussion held about the value of such a community led group, both to the local community, the reserve and the wider region. We all shared thoughts and ideas that were well received by the Friends group. They will take these thoughts away and use to pull together a wider public presentation and feedback session that will mark the 1st birthday of our awesome reserve later this month (see events section below) and help guide the formal structure and development of this group.

If you would like to find out more about this group or would like to get involved, please contact Colin Ryder at rydercj@xtra.co.nz.

News:

* This month Forest & Bird joined with environmental and non-commercial fishing groups to form an unprecedented alliance to combat the decline of fish stocks and marine ecosystems in New Zealand. We collective put aside our past differences to take an important message to Fisheries Minister Phil Heatley - restore our oceans to a healthy and abundant state, with more fish in the water. The group was well received and the actions proposed by the group will be considered before signing off a new strategy with Cabinet later this month. ·
* Community group Friends of Owhiro Stream are coming up to their 7th year of fantastic work to save our stream and keep our sea clean.
* Taputeranga Marine Reserve’s 1st birthday – 28 August!
* New 500 + page book “The Taputeranga Marine Reserve”, edited by Victoria University’s Dr Jonathan Gardener and Dr James Bell. The book can be purchased for NZ $89.95 from www.taputeranga.org