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An Irishman on a working holiday in Te Anau
is attracting more than his fair share of
female attention after landing the lead role
in the Fiordland Players’ next production.
The show is Michael Parker’s “Who’s in Bed
With the Butler?” and Ciaran Kennerk plays
the butler for whom that question is asked.
Mr Kennerk recently moved to te Anau after
spending the past two years in Australia.
Having done some acting in the past, he
saw the Fiordland Players’ advertising for
cast members for next month’s production
and decided to try out.
Director Kathy Gilligan said she was
delighted that a last-minute plea for actors
was answered and the show would go
on. A slow response to audition calls had
prompted fears the show might have to be
Rehearsals began last Thursday and the
cast had a lot of work ahead of them, Mrs
“It’s not an easy play. I will be pushing the
actors all the way.”
The show will be held in the Fiordland
Events centre on October 23, 24 and 25.
Tickets are due to go on sale next month.
The luck of the Irish?
Ciaran Kennerk getting plenty of attention from cast members (from left) Kathy Gray, Pauline
Nicholson, Leonia Mason, Sue Elliott, Tamara Yuill Proctor and Susie Cribb, of the Fiordland Players’
coming production of “Who’s in bed with the Butler?”.
New rules for recreational fishing for rock
lobster in the Fiordland Marine Area kick
in next month, offering greater flexibility for
storing live catches.
The rule changes, initiated by the Fiordland
Marine Guardians, mean recreational
fishers within the Fiordland Marine Area will
be able to use one rock lobster holding pot
per person or a maximum of two holding
pots per vessel where there are two or more
people. The new rules expressly provide
for separate holding pots in the Fiordland
area, meaning holding pots will no longer
be counted against rock lobster catching
pot limits and will not be required to have
escape gaps. However, there are new
marking requirements for holding pots.
Currently recreational crayfishermen in
the Fiordland Marine Area who want to
store live rock lobster in holding pots have
to keep their daily catches in separate
holding pots, reducing the number of active
catching pots they have available.
The new rule removing escape aperture
requirements from holding pots enables
recreational fishers to protect their catch
from outside predators (eg octopus) and
introduces consistency between amateur
and commercial holding pot requirements.
The Fiordland Marine Area is one of the
few places nationwide where holding
pots are commonly and regularly used
by recreational fishers. Due to the area’s
remoteness and access constraints, holding
pots are a practical solution to the absence
of freezer storage.
Ministry of Fisheries inshore manager,
Leigh Mitchell said recreational fishers on
extended fishing trips over several days
would now have greater ability to keep their
rock lobster catch fresh until they returned
However, she warned that the current
recreational daily and accumulation limits
Within the Fiordland Marine Area each
recreational fisher is able to take a daily
limit of six rock lobsters (with a maximum of
three taken from the inner fiords).
An accumulation limit of 15 rock lobsters
taken over three or more days is allowable
provided catch labelling requirements are
met, this enables fishery officers to monitor
when and where (e.g. internal waters of
Fiordland) the catch was caught.
The number of recreational fishers in New
Zealand waters and the amount of rock
lobster caught recreationally nationwide is
currently unknown. The use of holding pots
is therefore not being allowed in all New
Zealand waters because there is no way to
keep track of what is being removed and by
how many individuals.
Further detail on fishing rules in the
Fiordland Marine Area are available from
the Ministry of Fisheries or online at www.
fishing rules change
Any amateur rock lobster holding pot
used within the Fiordland (Te Moana o
Atawhenua) Marine Area and the buoy or
float attached to the holding pot must be
clearly and permanently marked,
•“(a) in the case of a rock lobster holding
pot used from or transported on a vessel,
with the name of the vessel from which it
is used or transported, and the characters
HP1 for the first rock lobster holding pot
and, if applicable, HP2 for the second rock
lobster holding pot:
• “(b) in the case of a rock lobster holding
pot not used from or transported on a
vessel, with the person’s surname and
initials, and the characters HP.
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