Newsletter - October 2015

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The New Zealand Outdoors Party

The New Zealand way of life has always been based around our outdoors heritage and the wonderful community support that is uniquely New Zealand. Our mission is to protect and enhance those values.
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Also all Supporters and interested parties

Firstly welcome and many thanks for joining the Outdoors Party and I hope you will find our cause stimulating and in line with your ideals of maintaining our new Zealand way of life especially through the Outdoors.
As time goes on we will start to have regular newsletters to keep everyone informed of issues and to seek input.

Membership is growing steadily and I hope will continue as more publicity ends up in the outdoors magazines. We do need more females and we need more youth so please spread the word and while you are at it please try and get your friends to join the party as numbers will be important as we move forward.
As a matter of interest our very first member to sign up was a retired female farmer.

Members Only Site.

I have been trying to set up some software that will enable members to participate in the decision making around policy and while I thought I had something set up I'm not sure that it will be ok in the long run so please give me some time to come up with a better solution.
One of the important ideals In forming this party was to include the members in the policy decision making process and I hope we will get to that shortly via the members only website.

Facebook Page

We now have a facebook Page setup so please "like" it and tell your friends. Social networking will be a very important tool in promoting the party at the next election so we need some smart young people to run the site for us! Please contact me if you want to put your hand up!

Party Structure

The main task at hand is to get a formal structure around the party so we are in no hurry to develop policy as yet. Right now we need people to put their hands up or at least recommend people that might be able to assist with the many tasks. We need to appoint a secretary...anyone want to put their hand up?
We also need people to undertake other projects such as the newsletter, branding, Facebook, membership, constitution, Youth wing, and monthly columns as we have several invitations from various magazines. So please do not be shy in coming forward.

We are also keen to try and establish who our "tribe" is and I would love someone who has some skills in that area to have a crack at that.

Latest Press Releases / Posts

Where are our promised recreational fishing reserves. Read more

My View on 1080. Read more


I have been asked a lot of questions in the last few weeks particularly by the media but also by prospective members. Some of the questions and answers have been:
When will the party register?
We do not need to hurry over this as the only requirement to be registered is if we are to stand candidates on the list. We have plenty of time to register and I suggest mid next year should be our aim.
What is the parties policy on 1080
We really want policy to come from members so I have opened a discussion thread in the members only website on this issue. In the meantime I have posted my views on the parties website as a discussion starter.

by David Haynes

Those of you who remember the Outdoors Recreation Party, brainchild of Stuart and Zane Mirfin, will remember the big ripples it caused in the 2002 General Election, but the birth of the ORP was equally as memorable.

Standing on the back of a ute at the Molesworth goose hunt in 2001 Stuart Mirfin proclaimed "enough was enough" and that he was forming a political party so that anglers and hunters could have a say in the management of their sports. A huge cheer ensued and a little over twelve months later, in the 2002 General Election, the Outdoors Recreation Party had won 26,000 votes nationally, taking around 5% of the party vote in Nelson, Tasman and the West Coast electorates. It was huge - ACT and National tried to persuade them to drop out prior to the election with all political parties suddenly declaring they had very similar policies to those espoused by ORP, entirely coincidentally of course. Stuart, his wife Sherry and their son Zane, had rocked the NZ political landscape which had for years systematically ignored the rights and needs of outdoor enthusiasts.

Back in 2002, the core issues for ORP were:
1. to stop the indiscriminate aerial spreading of 1080.
2. to protect access to public land.
3. to fight degradation of freshwater and protection of sports fish.
4. to enshrine deer as a valued recreational species and remove its "pest" status.
5. to curtail inshore commercial fishing in preference to recreational sea fishers' rights to catch and gather kai moana.

So a viable outdoor focused political party was born and preparations began in earnest for the 2005 election. Mindful of needing electorate seats to enable them to take part in electoral candidate debates and deciding they needed to convince their voters that they were politically neutral, or at best moderate, they decided to "gift" their party to United Future.
In hindsight this proved a fatal mistake with ORP members and voters shying away from voting for what they perceived to be a fundamental christian group. United Future gained less than 6,000 additional votes compared to 2002, where the other 20,000 outdoor voters of 2002 went remains a mystery.

So here we are in 2015 and what are the main issues for us canoeists, horse riders, hunters, fresh and saltwater anglers, game bird shooters and other outdoors enthusiasts? Exactly the same!

- Aerial spreading of 1080 has continued unabated and actually increased, despite its perpetual use over the past 50 years having failed to exterminate, or even control possums, rats and stoats as promised.

- Public access mapping has been improved with the Walking Access Commission GIS system but they fail dismally when it comes to stopping private interests from appropriating public access, simply because the legislation neuters them from exercising any legislative power.

- Freshwater standards are now expressed in the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management. Unfortunately these err in favour of primary industry, do not fully kick in until 2030 and still allow nitrates to be discharged at levels (6.9mg per litre of water) toxic to many aquatic organisms - animals who can't simply go somewhere else.

- Deer are still being labelled as pests, particularly by DoC and the more fundamentalist environmental organisations. Fallow deer kills in the Arthur Tablelands and whitetail deer kills alongside Lake Wakatipu are but two examples where 1080 has been used knowing it will be consumed by deer.

- Recreational sea fishers from Auckland to Northland on the east coast have suffered the indignity of having their snapper quota reduced whislt commercial trawlers continue to harvest unchanged quotas, not a single recreational fishing reserve has been put in place and sea fishers continue to be frustrated by Blue Cod slot rules that ruin the fishing and fishery.

Once again we believe "Enough is enough". We have formed the Outdoors Party to rekindle the dream that our outdoor sports can and should be run and controlled by those who understand and care about it. Us. The anglers, hunters, canoers, trampers, duck shooters, bikers and every person who is tired of not being listened to and being beaten into submission whilst our rivers, lakes, forests, mountains and game animals are being sacrificed in the name of profit and native species fundamentalism.

We thank all those who have joined the party and commit to both seeking your views and input on developing our manifesto for the next General Election and keeping you informed on what we are doing. Contrary to all the other parties out there.

Tight lines, sharp shooting and here's to giving Parliament a bloody good run for the money.

David Haynes

If you have anything you would like to contribute please contact myself Alan Simmons on 0274 980 304 or 07 386 7576 or
Shortly we will announce some of the party positions and other party contact members but in the meantime please field all inquiries to me.
Once again I thank you for your support and I encourage you to put your hand up if you can help and also keep working at other outdoors people to join. Send this newsletter on to your club or get us mentioned in your club newsletter.
Until next time.
Alan Simmons

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