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A big hi to all members, all supporters. and a very warm welcome to the large number of new members who have joined in the last month.
I feel the first winds of autumn blowing, in fact winter is in the air. This time last year we were in a lockdown due to covid-19 and the consequences are still with us. Autumn also is a prime time for many outdoors pursuits particularly fishing and hunting so please bear with us if this edition does not cover off your particular interest.
Next month we will have a lot to report regarding a number of other issues suddenly coming to fruition. Autumn brings with it the prime hunting season of the year for many hunters and I have had lots of reports of excellent hunting this April with many putting fresh wild meat in their freezers for the winter. People in parts of NZ especially in rural areas rely on wild meat and fish to feed their families and unfortunately the government is determined to poison all non native animals in NZ and send us off to the supermarket. Next up is the Wellington area with the Aktarawa and Tararua mountains being poisoned. This is very disturbing as these wilderness areas are much used by people in the Southern North Island for not just hunting but tramping and fishing. A number of pure rivers flow out of these mountains that are important sources of water for a number of of towns and cities. The Outdoors Party is very active in trying to stop these drops and Alan & Sue met with Maori leaders to advise them on what they could do.
Fishing has been pretty lean for me from the shore with the large schools of Kahawai missing from our coastal areas. Over harvest of our fishery continues to be a problem denied by government as they continue to protect the big commercial fishing companies from any meaningful revamp of the dreadful system we have allowed to rape and pillage our fisheries.
We have so many challenges coming at us from every direction. The freedom Camping legislation review, Gun Ownership review, drinking water review, no jab no job regulations passed for 30th April, Submission on the electoral act, excessive nitrates in drinking water, digital communications bill and new definition of a terrorist are just a few we are dealing with.
On a brighter note membership continues to climb at a great rate and I am so pleased to welcome many new members to the party. We are here to represent your views and as a registered party we are listened to and get some traction from time to time.
Now is the time to build towards the next election and much of this planning will take place at our AGM in Nelson 15th May. A conference agenda is listed below.
Our secretary Jenn has worked very hard to comply with all the electoral commission requirements after the election and we owe her a great deal of gratitude for her dedication.
Alan Simmons. President.