NZFFA Press Releases

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Press Releases;


River Crisis Urgently Needs Action

29th January 2019

the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers, is calling for urgent action on the plight of New Zealand’s deteriorating rivers both in terms of water quality and flow.


Farmers need to clean up their act

18th January 2019

The article on Newshub, January 16  'Opinion: No more cheap shots at dairy farmers over water quality' by Tim Mackle CEO of Dairy NZ shows that he really doesn’t understand all of the issues.


The end of freshwater sports fishing

20th September 2018

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers is aghast over plans by Greens MP Eugenie Sage to introduce a bill (Conservation [Indigenous freshwater Fish] Act Amendment). NZFFA President Graham Carter says “If this bill goes through as is, it could spell the end of Freshwater Sports Fishing in New Zealand


Trout Anglers Federation sets out Blueprint for Future

30th August 2018

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers has set out a draft operational plan for the next three years which features a strong emphasis on restoration of river quality and flow, access and other needs.


Trout Anglers Want Whitebait and Eels “De-commercialised”

20th August 2018

A trout and rivers advocacy the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers want native fish in whitebait and eels largely de-commercalised. Federation president Graham Carter spoke out in support of the Forest and Bird Society who recently said whitebait should not be for sale.

Clean, Flowing Rivers Must be Restored- Trout Fishing Lobby

17th July 2018

Restoring clean flowing rivers is the goal of a national trout fishing advocacy the New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA). NZFFA President Graham Carter of Hamilton at the organisation’s recent annual conference in Christchurch said clean and adequately flowing water in the public’s rivers must be restored.


Trout and River Advocacy Opposes Chemicals at Groynes

24th May 2018

“I am vehemently opposed to the use of chemical sprays to combat the Lagarosiphon infestation at the fish out ponds at the Groynes,” he said.
“Indeed judging by strong opposition from the Salmon Anglers and North Canterbury Fish and Game the feeling is strong within the angling public.


Trout Fishers Urge Restoring Full ECAN elections

15th May 2018

The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers has urged the new government to restore fully democratic elections to Environment Canterbury “as soon as possible”


Government’s “One Million Trees” Dream Must Avoid Pine Monoculture

3rd March 2018

A national rivers and trout fishing advocacy wants caution and foresight in the new government’s ambitious “one million trees” policy so as to avoid monocultures of pines.

Government’s new Forestry Service, aims to plant 100 million trees a year - with the goal of planting a billion over 10 years.


Environmental challenges facing NZ
The bureaucrats are the Big Environmental Challenge facing New Zealand in 2018

9th February 2018

Water quality and availability, rapid urbanisation, and the impact of natural hazards and climate change are the top three planning issues affecting New Zealand in 2018 and beyond, according to the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI)


Trout Federation Praises Waikato Regional Council Eel Rescue Plan

9th February 2018

The New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers has praised the Waikato Regional Council for its initiative to reduce mortality of eels as the fish pass through flood pump stations


The Public's Waterways

5th February 2018

Recently former Minister of Primary Industries Nathan Guy was bleating the new government is holding back regional New Zealand through its opposition to water storage projects which he says help grow jobs in the regions, boost exports and provide environmental sustainability. By his utterances Guy shows the lack of environmental stewardship of the previous government.


Urgent Action Needed on Pesticides Wrecking Freshwater Ecosystems

A national trout fishing and environmental advocacy organisation wants urgent attention to insecticides that are almost certainly causing deep damage to freshwater ecosystems.

The call follows information from the US that a variety of neonicotinoid insecticides—harmful to aquatic organisms—were reported in major Great Lakes streams


Tragic Mismanagement of Kahawai

Being a regular fisherman over the last successive 25 years and earlier for several years in the 1970s for kahawai in Marlborough’s Wairau River estuary and Diversion mouth, this summer has been the worst season ever. The demise of kahawai around the northern end of the South Island is sadly very evident.


Trout Anglers Back PM’s Public Water Ownership  

 Water was a public resource and should not be owned or given away, says a national trout fishing advocacy. 

President of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers Graham Carter of Hamilton said water was a public resource owned by the people irrespective of wealth or ethnic background. 

Graham Carter was commenting on a recent statement by Prime Minister Jacinda Adern that water was a public resource. 

"Who owns the water? Labour says everybody


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...