NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2018
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! “SAVE THE RANGITATA”
RDR APPEAL/GIVE A LITTLE PAGE/UPCOMING MEDIATION
The South Canterbury Salmon Anglers Association has appealed the consent granted to Rangitata Diversion Race Ltd (a large Irrigation Company) to take more water (another 10cumecs) from the Rangitata River. By taking this action the focus will shift to the Environment Court where unlike the Consent hearing, evidence will be considered from anglers, river users and Environmental groups. This should make a more level playing field and with luck and a good case (which we feel we have) the outcome should be a lot better for the river. We have had a tremendous amount of support from the community, however taking a company to the Environment court doesn’t come cheaply and we are asking for help from like minded persons through our “Give a little Page”
If you would like to be part of this appeal and help to save the Rangitata river and the associated Salmon run, please donate a little and help us fight for what we believe is a right and just cause. If you follow this link it will take you directly to the Give a little page. To those that have already donated and to those that are thinking of donating we appreciate this and thank you very much for your help.
A lot has been happening since we lodged our appeal to the RDR decisions, meetings, discussions and information gathering. A pre-mediation meeting has been held with RDR Ltd and a number of points of agreement were discussed. The focus now will be the mediation meeting mid November/early December where all our expertise and information will be used.
Please respond to any requests for information about your experience on the river over time that we may ask for and encourage all your family, friends and colleagues to help out through the “Give a little” page on Facebook. The exercise that we have embarked on to “Save the Rangitata” will be somewhat costly and we will need all the help that we can get.
If you do not use Facebook then the link to the page through this email can be used or if you would prefer to donate to our Association directly then the bank account details are as follows: Westpac NZ Salmon Anglers SC Branch 03-0887-0244494-00 and if you use this method then please put the reference down as RDR Appeal and your name.
 As instream users we believe that the concessions made in this consent will be terminal and destroy the special activities of the mighty Rangitata river.
 That the Conservation Order credited to this river has been diminished because several of the special characteristic identified will be lost.
 That the braided rivers are under attack and unless we challenge they will be lost.
 The decisions are being made without research or proper due diligence on this river .
 A major lack of interest by authorities to investigate the significant sediment build up on the river.
 Major lack of interest by all authorities to protect migrating smolt and native fish of this nursery.
 The fact that this river has experienced major losses of fish and birds in recent times, has received no respect from the powers that be.
 This is our last chance to make a stand for future generations .
It is that time again for membership renewals. As a financial member of this Association you will help us to work towards improving and protecting the salmon runs.
JOIN NOW / OR
RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION
Only $20.00 p.a.
YES -- I wish to become a member/renew membership of the NZ Salmon Anglers Assn. (S.C.Branch) at $20.00 per annum.
If you would rather make a deposit directly into our account for your new/renewal subscription then please put your full name as the reference. If possible then email Jackie Manning at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address so that a membership card and receipt can be sent to you. Our bank details are: Westpac Timaru
03-0887-0244494-00 or you can post this application/renewal form along with $20 to: 14/150 Rangitata Huts Road, RD 26 Temuka 7986
Our competition fortnight and overall season produced a minimal amount of salmon being caught hence we have only three names that have won trophies.
Heaviest Fish-Spinwell Trophy2.5kgs
2nd Heaviest Fish 1.5kgs Norm Anderson
Best Condition Factor-PJ Tackle Shop
1.76c/f Norm Anderson
Master 60plus-Gerald Cox Trophy
2.5kgs Norm Anderson
Owen Smith Memorial Trophy-Best
Condition Factor 1.76 Norm Anderson
Anderson Trophy-Heaviest Fish
8.8kgs Graham Parnell
Heaviest Fish Ladies 4.9kgs Sue Parnell
Action Powder Coating Trophy-Heaviest Limit Bag 14.6kgs Graham Parnell
Congratulations to Norm Anderson, Graham and Sue Parnell
A big thanks to our weigh-in centre’s, Bairds Motordrome Temuka (Gas Alley). Bill, Evelyn and Linda Whipp Hut 66 Rangitata