April 22, 2015
Rakiura islanders in shark bait fear
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says Conservation Minister Maggie Barry has put lives on Rakiura-Stewart Island at risk by approving a live shark cage diving venture.
Mr Peters spoke at a public meeting in Oban last night and gave a commitment to carry on the fight.
He says paua diving and fishing are important to the island economy.
The shark venture uses baits to draw in the sharks, which is not a natural activity.
"This is not common practice. It changes their habits and worst of all based on experience this has got to be very dangerous for the people down here. (The sharks) see humans they think bait or meat and as a consequence these people are up in arms," Mr Peters says.
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