These last couple of months have been a quiet cruise for the Executive. Not that we have been idle, it’s just that we have the Association running rather smoothly. This was reflected in our last Executive meeting where we dealt with a comprehensive list of items in under two hours.The Executive have several items that we will apply for funding to purchase. These items are listed in the latest Executive minutes.
In the month of September, I attended the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s AGM. There is plenty happening in the area of alignment with many groups representing the clubs involved in the Recreational Industry. Just on this, as a whole we need to realise that the recreational sector is an industry and we need to present ourselves as such. The Southwick Study currently being conducted will soon be completed and the results available. This study is to value the economic return from recreational fishing to the Governments coffers. Back to the AGM. This was another valuable exercise in promoting our relevance. Once again I was given the opportunity to address the delegates and this was met with respect and appreciation.
Since our last News & Chat, I have met with Commercial and MPI, as part of the LegaSea Hawkes Bay Team, regarding the Hawkes Bay Fishery. These meetings are progressing well with some positive negotiating points on the table. We are meeting again in November with the first restraint put in place almost immediately.
The Nationals Team have been working away behind the scenes laying the groundwork for our 2016 Nationals in the far north. We intend to bring all those attending, an event to equal or better any of those held in the past. It is great to see so many Clubs working on raising funds to get as many of their members up there as they can.
We have recognised that, though we have a quality Certificate for those who catch a record fish, it is not so for those setting NZ Casting Records. We have designed and had printed 3 quality gold Certificates for the following people. Betty Edwards, Peter Froggatt and Les Rackham. Betty and Les have theirs, Peters will be in the mail soon.
On the 19th August the Government announced a full review of the Quota Management System. This review will actually be more comprehensive than just the QMS. The NZACA has been approached for a one on one meeting with the group appointed to carry out this review and to offer our thoughts on the management of the fisheries. Another recognition of our rising relevance. We will be meeting during November.
We would like to welcome the Te Atatu Fishing Club to the NZACA. A past member, they have requested to rejoin us. Fantastic, it is great to have these clubs back on board and it is our pleasure to be representing them.
Finally. That little teaser I was refering to in my last post. The need for clubs to have Public Liability Insurance for the holding of events, such as Casting, caused us to look at ways we could be of assistance as your National body. We were looking to aid in covering the casting events. On behalf of the Executive I would like to announce that we have secured an unbelievable offer and a very comprehensive insurance cover. This will cover your club for all events, such as Casting, Competitions, Field Weekends and Meetings. The cost, a mere $50 plus GST. This gives your club full cover of $2 Million Public Liability insurance for a total cost of $57.25
This Insurance is available under the cover held by the Association.
The Executive recognises those who have been loyal or who have taken up the offer of engaging with us and re affiliating. Therefore this offer is for those clubs only. The offer will be available to those other clubs wishing to join us after a full year’s affiliation.
This is the result of a lot of negotiating and also the efforts of Mellissa Benge who has achieved the almost impossible. It also reflects the credibility of the NZACA.
Now get out and catch some of those fish. We thank you for your ongoing support.