NZFFA Press Releases

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Press Releases;


Outdoor Access for Kiwis Must Come First

Graham Carter President of the Federation of Freshwater Anglers said many New Zealanders would be delighted at the Labour-led government’s decision.

“Tightening the rules around is well overdue and very welcome,” he said.

Trout Fishers' Federation Welcomes Government Change

The NZFFA has welcomed the formation of the NZ First, Labour and Green Parties government and the relegation of the National-led government to opposition


Lost and Declining Trout Rivers Identified by NZFFA

"Lost Rivers" represents a decline of the ‘intergenerational equity’ and every New Zealander shares in our freshwater resources

Farmers’ Belated River Pledge Welcomed

A recently announced pledge by farming leaders to improve the quality of New Zealand’s “dirty” rivers has been welcomed by a national trout fishing federation.

“It’s great news,” said Graham Carter president of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers. “It shows a new-found commitment by Federated Farmers NZ under its new invigorating leadership but I’m disappointed it’s not sooner rather than later as today.”

Government RMA Changes Diminish Democracy (Special Report)

Changes by Government to the Resource Management Act have lessened the democratic voice of the public over rivers and water quality and quantity, says the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers...


Labour’s “About Face” on Rivers Sad for Environment

25th June 2017 (Updated)

A national trout fishing organisation says the Labour Party’s reversal of its policy on charging commercial users for use of freshwater is a retrograde 180 degree turn around and therefore disappointing.

Graham Carter, president of the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers said the backdown by Labour was a sad day for the public’s rivers which in some cases had died while others were in death throes due to water depletion and nitrate contamination...


Does angler pressure preclude catching fish

A group of South Island freshwater anglers have formed a group called Kiwi Anglers First.

The group is concerned at the decline of angling in the back country rivers and the building of a fishing lodge by foreign owners exclusively for foreign fishers...


Government RMA Changes Ominous for Future of Water

An annual report presented to the Federation’s annual general meeting recently held in Rotorua it was said the inescapable perception was that the proposed changes favoured economic development above environmental and recreational values.


Regulators get salvo from Mainfreight

Wednesday 28 June 2017

The Federation of Freshwater Anglers congratulates Mainfreight founder and chairman Bruce Plested in his hard-hitting social message in their annual review....


New Zealanders Own Water - Not for Sale

Sun 8 June 2017

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers is calling for water royalties to be paid by all water bottling companies. In a response to reports that companies are not paying for the water they profit from...