Water, Fish, Life…Nelson

No one doubts that there are some real necessities to life, four at last count I think.

1. Air

2. Shelter

3. Water

4. Food

And the usual computations of such…..reproduction (so the species wont die off), heat, love, clothing, companionship, but it would seem the top 4 classify themselves crucially as necessities overall. These are a humans basic needs. Everything else is a luxury.

And as far as number 4 goes, time to supplement this article, & roll out a couple of my “usual” factoids.

( you’ll see the definite “real estate perspective” of this post in its conclusion)

So first up….just spend 60 seconds to watch this…and see if you’re not moved?

Part 1: The Background

Obviously past readers already know, but for the benefit of new readers, I’ll share with you tonight that Nelson just happens to be, not just NZeds, but also the whole of Australasia’s largest fishing port.

New Zealand has one of the largest marine areas in the world, covering more than 1% of the Earth’s surface.

True. That’s not of the oceans land (or should that be sea?) mass, that’s of the whole of Planet Earths surface!

Read more here - http://blog.forestandbird.org.nz/good-fish-bad-fish/

Many of our marine species are found nowhere else in the world. Fact.

Scientists estimate that more than 80% of New Zealand’s biodiversity is found in our oceans, and much more is still yet to be discovered. About 15,000 marine species are known, while it is estimated that another 50,000 species are yet to be discovered – new species are being found all the time. Say What?

From a Kiwis perspective, our marine environment not only provides for our $1.5 billion fishing industry but it also almost “does everything else” to highlight / assist and mitigate our $20 billion tourism industry too. (Just try to imagine a NZ without marine life!)

Very importantly, it’s central to our day to day way of life, what Fish & Bird term our “national identity”, most New Zealanders live near the ocean (just in case you are curious, Nelsonians live the closest in all of NZ, to the sea!) and have a close relationship with the marine environment.

We collect kaimoana (“kai”) or seafood, swim, dive, snorkel and sail, and are truly appreciative of the bounty & variety of our marine life.

Just too important to ignore......

So if River Cottages’ Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall & now Jamie Oliver want a follower, they have one here in Nelson, and I’m sure hundreds, if not thousands more, all over New Zealand.

Part 2…3 / 4, etc

Really there doesn’t have to be any other parts because Part One is so fundamentally important, and dare I say, crucial to the survival of a place like Nelson that if you get the “gist of” Part 1, then you’ve either “got with the program” or not………and frankly nothing at all further needs to be said. Forest & Bird have definitely got with the campaign…going so far in NZ to establish a completely separate website called http://www.bestfishguide.org.nz/, you really should check it out.

Interestingly enough, it turns out that even in the “old dart”, Hugh & co have managed to enlist some impressive “ears listeners to their cause.”


You could get your name up in lights too half way around the world. (hmmm…amazingly enough I did that once too)

I really do suggest you sign up at #FISHFIGHT (and on Twitter) , I have, and can see absolutely no reason why this petition of followers is sitting on the pity figure of under 1m supporting followers!

There’s just no justifiable reason on the planet why any Justin “whats his name” singer, some Ms Gaga, or some Kim “hey, let’s get married this week” personalities ….. should have more followers.

NOTE: did you notice what no. 3 was on my list at the top…interesting huh?

Nelson, and in general Nelsonians, ….courtesy of having both no.3 & no. 4 of that top list in abundance, are justifiably acutely aware of the incredible importance these items factor in the local economy.

Most everyone in the town has like 1 or for a few 2, at a maximum, degrees of separation between them and someone locally who has something to do with / an industry benefiting from / a service that relies on / ….you get the picture….

fishing is just a fundamental part of of life here.

So yes the sea / or the whole ocean really is incredibly important to us here in the Top of the South, and don’t we know it?

Oh yeah…that real estate perspective…

The real estate perspective that I promised when I started this post, yes its about lifestyle…but actually its even a bit more than that…its also about our livelihood / substance.

When so many incomes relate to actual “on the water” fishing,

…the dockside / spawning / research transfer/transport operations, the factory processing/storage, the sales/marketing, the many associated land based support industries / suppliers….let alone many who move here because their partner found a very fruitful income “from the sea” in one of these industries, we are talking hundreds, if not thousands of incomes related to our region, and from all of  that, well it leads me on to one big thing……

And that is…..they all need NUMBER 2 on that above list………..shelter….and yes that is where it relates 100% to real estate! Be it either a rental situation because there’s just not enough in the bank yet for a deposit on a home, or be it a full blown outright property purchase…the bounty of the sea does not stop at the shoreline.

Although the above bestfishguide had stated in last weekends papers that their smartphone app would be out two days ago on Wednesday, time has transpired since then and we are non the wiser, however it will be any day now I’m sure, and I will heartily recommend you download it to see if you as an individual, just through a few changes to your diet….could make a big difference to the sustainability of our fisheries……..again….if not for Nelsons sake, then for the sake of humanity.

Article Data / Info / Research

Thanks to the fabulous www.bestfishguide.org.nz (Forest & Bird too) site, it’s a treasure trove of info guys. But bring on the app soon please.


Just a tad of relevance here consider where this campaign originated. That relevance, well I’ll let Wikipedia explain….”Nelson has…..the highest proportion of residents from the United Kingdom and Ireland in New Zealand”…so they probably know who Hugh & Jamie are even more than us!

Final Footnote & Graph – just for a perspective take on the whole issue from a Nelsonians perspective


Hmmm...now I see what you mean.....

Here’s the chart that Statistics NZ put out showing who, or rather what percentage of your town / cities residency live within 5km of the sea.

But is it important in the future…well again I think I will let Statistics NZ tell you what they found…..

Sixty-five percent of New Zealanders lived within five kilometres of the coast in 2006, compared with 61 percent in 1981. The proportion living within 10 kilometres of the coast also increased, from 72 percent to 75 percent.