Hello one and all,
Following on from some interesting feedback that indicated some believe the Association exists to run a National Competition and administer records only, I am going to pester everyone for how you believe we can better represent our membership which continues to grow.
Before I go on, let me clarify the membership of the association. There are 26 affiliated clubs or entities. There are four others I have a foot in the door with, three in regard to re affiliation and affiliation in relation to the other. We are the fastest growing body in NZ at the moment.
Back to the point of my post. Bettering the Association is and has always been high on my list of responsibilities. To represent and provide better, we need feedback. Please say what you feel needs to be said.
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National Awards and Masters. I urge fishers to understand these and participate. Of fourteen annual Awards we give out an average of four. All are acheivable and all should be contested for.
Lastly, I have an intention to visit as many of our affiliated clubs or even those interested in joining us, throughout the next few months. I start tonight in Feilding.
There has been some feedback on what the NZACA should be doing for its members. What is a little surprising is that some believe we were instituted to run a National Competition and keep Records only.
Actually there are 19 Objectives, most of which are the same as the NZ Sport Fishing Council. The leading of these are:
i) To encourage, promote and develop the sport of angling & casting throughout NZ as applied to all forms of fresh and salt water fishing
ii) To organise, encourage and promote the formation of amateur fishing clubs and to develop better fellowships and closer comradeship amongst amateur fishers
iii) To promote the conservation of the recreational fishery and associated environment
iv) To encourage the observance of laws governing the recreational fishery and to work with the appropriate Authorities to implement them and to likewise argue for the amendment or elimination of any law that is not in the best interests of the association and its members.
v) To monitor Government, commercial and non commercial user groups and act in accordance of the objectives and the wishes of the membership.
vi) To affiliate to any NZ or International body by which affiliation fosters the objectives of the association.
We meet all these obligations with a fullness that benefits our membership to the best it can be met. The NZ Angling & Casting Association is representing its members at the highest level and alongside those other recreational bodies that have the same interests in our fisheries as we do.
Those objectives not mentioned like National and International obligations, Record keeping, recognition of effort and catch awards, and the general management of the Association are met equally as well.
As we enter our new Financial year now is the time to ask, do we want our club to be represented at the highest level. 27 of New Zealand’s leading clubs do. Join them.
Over the past two weeks, I have had advice that the Executive and I need to do more to prove why and show what we offer clubs that would entice them to be part of the Association. I believe that we, as a group, are offering far more than has been presented to the membership for a long, long time. In Professionalism, Advocacy, rewards and Sponsorship. However that is not to say we can’t offer more in each area.
Soon we will be putting it out to everyone, Affiliated and non affiliated Clubs, members of those clubs, to tell us what it is that you feel we or where we need to step up. What we are not doing and I am also aware there are some who have issues with the leadership so don’t feel afraid to say that. I would appreciate that comments have supporting reasons as to why you feel the way you do.
We can only improve if we have some honest opinion.
Another two very positive meetings in the big smoke. First up with the NZ Sport Fishing Council’s Fisheries Management Sub Committee followed by the LegaSea Board meeting. As the NZ Angling & Casting Rep to these, I always come away with huge positivity. I will continue to promote the professionalism that both of these groups demonstrate. It is a huge pleasure to be involved. The next set of Submissions to be put forward are regarding Tarakihi. This is another species that is showing a decline in numbers that is highly concerning. The other issue raising its head is the Crayfish Concession in area 3. This needs to go.
If your Club is a member of the NZ Angling & Casting Association then it is involved in supporting the placement of these solid and substantial Submissions that are leading in the management of our fisheries. It is also supporting LegaSea.
Two ways the Angling & Casting Association is standing up for its members
Not great but very good news from the Minister of Fisheries regarding the Hauraki Gulf/BOP Cray fishery. Huge cuts in take is a big step in the attempt to rebuild a fishery on the verge of collapse. The NZACA is pleased with this result and applaud the Minister for listening. That he did seriously consider a complete closure speaks volumes in itself. This is a solid result for recreational fishers and we appreciate the efforts of our aligned bodies, The NZ Sport Fishing Council and NZ Underwater, for your collaborative efforts in providing another solid submission.