A Whangarei man has been caught with more than seven times the legal number of scallops.
The 34-year-old was diving at Urquharts Bay earlier this week. Fisheries officers found him with 148 scallops, many of which were undersize.
The legal limit is 20 per person per day.
Not long after, another four divers were caught with 147 scallops, a number of them undersize - which is less than 100 millimetres across.
Ministry of Fisheries Northland operations manager Darren Edwards says it is extremely disappointing. He says it shows certain people are still willing to take their chances, despite the huge penalties.
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Blogger Seen Firing Pistol At Copy Of The Herald On Sunday
As posted earlier today in the Sunday Breakfast email:
In something of an oversight James and myself forgot to talk about this little beauty from the Herald On Sunday. What a business size load of tabloid-style-news night soil.
It seems the Herald will drum up anything they can to fill their little weekend pamphlet. In the second paragraph David Fisher writes: “The former Push Push rocker, now a 95bFM morning DJ, amassed at least $20,000 in traffic fines over a number of years.” A couple of paragraphs on it’s clear that 20k figure has been more or less pulled out of his arse by quoting Mike: “He would not confirm the amount involved but, when told another offender had $70,000 wiped, said that was “three times as much as me”. And let’s be clear, Fisher, DJing in public is not the same job as hosting a breakfast radio show just like writing for the HOS is not the same as providing the country with informative news stories about issues (and here’s a few important concepts to take note of), that are pertinent and important. And while we’re at it, referring to this “revelation” as a blow to Mike after he “split up with his actress wife Claire Chitham” is shameful.
But this disappears into the ghostly fog that is the Herald’s editorial department if we compare it with the paper’s editorial. Are you shitting me? Have you just mentioned Mikey’s parking fines and the Paul Dally case in the same piece? I must have been mistaken, hang on I’ll double check. Sweet flying Christ yes, I was right. You’ve written an editorial inviting comparisons between Mike’s fines and a rapist/murderer. A colleague described this as “confused.” I describe this as pure shite and you’re up to your elbows in it, hiding whatever point you think you were making. Particularly amusing is the call for justice to be “driven by emotion, rather than reason.” The Herald can take the moral high ground here, yet can drag Mike’s name through the mud. This is not journalism or considered opinion: this is driving sales by stoking the public ire.
Jesus wept, I need a milkshake.
(Just to be clear: I’ve worked with Mike for a number of years at bFM and even if I didn’t know the guy I’d still be writing this now.)
That hypocritical NZ love of “getting away with it.” Or as Bill Pearson describes it in his essay Fretful Sleepers:
We claim to be social democrats at heart – or did two years ago – but we have a great respect for the man who can get away with it. In public we condemn the profiteer, in private we connive and rather admire him and envy him his opportunities.
I love it how, according to Hone in the Herald’s story anyway, everyone was all “yeah, go for it! See Paris! Drink some wine!”
And a good old fashioned headslap for Hone’s claim that the Louve was made famous by Dan Brown.
“Advanced thinkers, who even in Roman times thought it fine to gang up with the barbarians, have begun to question whether civilization is indeed worth preserving… . It is lack of confidence, more than anything else, that kills a civilisation. We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion just as effectively as by bombs.”—Kenneth Clark
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