Yay – I’m heading North to the Kaipara for Christmas. I’ll be taking the hams as I have done for some years now – Black Rock from Nosh.
Note to self: Don’t drink too much red wine on Xmas Eve, you have to glaze the ham in the morning.
Wonder what the kai moana will be: lobster, scallops, kina, pipis, mussels, snapper.
Yum – real Kiwi food.
Hopefully Uncle and Aunty will be able to go to Tinopai and pick oysters. I could go too if I had the time and we could pick pupu – for old time’s sake.
I love going down to the beach. To touch the earth and feel the spirit of the sea. To taste its elixir and feel its breath’s tender touch.
My soul’s delight.
My ancestral right.
But it’s changed. Over-farming, over-development and government neglect.
And more changes lie ahead.
The Kaipara – the largest enclosed harbour in New Zealand and one of the largest natural habours in the world. The rich mudflats and mangroves, ugly at low tide but a vital food source, feeds fish and birdlife near and afar.
The almighty harbour inhales and guides majestic shark, dolphin and seal on their travels through the heads to the Tasman Sea. Past mussel beds, mullet and snapper schools and shipwrecks – only the brave will know
Home to 98% of New Zealand’s baby snapper fish, the Kaipara proudly swallows her maternal pain. Silently.
Not like the 200 marine turbines planned for the harbour entrance to make power to meet the country’s never-ending consumption.
The local people cry for the Kaipara. Regardless of race, we stand united – but with little power. The Kaipara is not just our mother – it feeds us all.
Aue, I’m not hungry now.
- Crest Energy, the company planning the installation of the turbines says on its website that the Environment Court’s December 2009 interim decision indicates a possible positive recommendation for the project. It adds that this is subject to some additional fact-finding and the preparation of a draft environmental monitoring plan. ‘The next big step is to lodge the additional information with the Court in August 2010’.
- In a petition to the Prime Minister, objectors point out that the total marine installation will be located within a 325 hectare area of the harbour (803 acres) and stands 24 metres (79 feet) above the seabed. They say that if approved the project will, for safety reasons, result in an exclusion zone – prohibiting fishing, diving and anchoring within and around the installation. They say the scale and magnitude of the Crest project is unprecedented in the world, and call on the Prime Minister and other senior ministers to stop the project.