The popular kiwi pastime of whitebaiting in Kaikoura is at risk of being banned if the Minister of Conservation gets her way, Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith says.
He says National is concerned the Minister of Conservation’s “ideological views are clouding her judgement again, and that she is attempting to sneakily ban whitebaiting in New Zealand”.
Mr Smith says the Indigenous Freshwater Fish Amendment Bill’s transitional clauses mean that after a year, whitebaiting will be prohibited unless there is specific authorisation to do otherwise.
“National will not support the Bill through its second reading because we support the whitebaiting community, and do not want to see this traditional kiwi pastime outlawed.
“Our Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie has started a petition to save New Zealand’s whitebaiting industry.
“Whitebaiting is a kiwi tradition for many New Zealanders, it puts food on the table, creates livelihoods and is a recreational pastime,” he says.
Mr Smith encourages people to sign the petition – https://sarahdowie.national.org.nz/stop_the_whitebaiting_ban