Motiti Island

Listen to the petition presentation in Parliament on Thursday 10 March

My Petition has now been presented to Parliament. It asks the House of Representatives to urgently review the proposed ban on fishing around the Astrolabe Reef and pass legislation to ensure that the Ministry of Fisheries has primacy over protecting coastal fish stocks.

I was assisted in the presentation to Parliament by Tim van de Molen, National's Spokesman for Oceans and Fisheries. This is an interview we gave prior to Thursday's presentation. Email my team for a link if you don't have Facebook. 

On 23 March the petition was heard at the Petitions Select Committee, which accepted it and referred it to the Environment Select Committee. I await their invitation to present written evidence, following which I expect interested parties will be invited to present oral signatures. 

Our final number of signatures was 3,734 and I appreciate all of you who took the time to sign the petition.

I'll provide further updates as the petition progresses through Parliament. 

Thanks again for helping me to make your concerns heard by Government. 

Follow the official Parliamentary petition here.

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