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The Department of Conservation is holding two public workshops next week for the community to explore and discuss opportunities for the Taupō Sports Fishery.

Date:  20 November 2012

The Department of Conservation is holding two public workshops next week for the community to explore and discuss opportunities for the Taupō Sports Fishery.

The workshops will be held in Tūrangi on 28th November and in Taupō the following day.

A joint project exploring future opportunities for the fishery examining, the current situation and identifying and exploring future opportunities for the iconic fishery will be completed by the end of next month.

An online survey seeking public comment on the future of the fishery received more than 740 responses. The survey closed last week and seven participants from Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Manawatu and Taupō won vouchers or fishing weekends for taking part.

To complement stakeholder meetings and the results of the survey, the project team is holding the two public workshops so that locals in the wider community can be involved in this important process. Dave Lumley the Taupo Nui a Tia Area Manager for the Department says that these workshops will be an opportunity for the community to assist the project team and actively work through the issues and opportunities associated with the fishery.

The department is joined in this project by the Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board, Ngāti Tūwharetoa Iwi, Eastern Region Fish and Game and the Taupō Fishery Advisory Council.

The team has been working with a wide cross section of the wider fishing community including anglers, fishing guides, fishing shops, local tourism providers, Councils and other interested parties to ensure all current and future opportunities for the Taupō Fishery are being identified in conjunction with our project partners.

Tūwharetoa Māori Trust Board Chief Executive, Tamarapa Lloyd says “Involving the Trust Board and Ngāti Tūwharetoa in the fishery review is a positive step in the right direction. We need our families to participate and share their thoughts with the project team”

To register for the 5.30pm workshops to be held  at the Tūrangi Citizens Advice Bureau Hall and the Taupö Yacht Club contact  Kim Alexander-Turia – kturia@doc.govt.nz  or +64 7 384 7163.

Contact

Kim Turia
Programme Manager Community Relations,
Department of Conservation,
Taupō-nui-ā-tia
Phone: +64 7 384 7163
Email: kturia@doc.govt.nz

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