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Thursday 2 June 2005
Hawkes Bay residents will next week have the opportunity to help
Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ) determine the economic, environmental,
cultural and social values of the region's rivers and streams.
BNZ are currently managing a response to an alga, Didymosphenia
geminata, (Didymo) in Southland's Mararoa and Lower Waiau rivers. The
workshops are one of several tools that BNZ is using to gather information
on the impacts of biosecurity incursions in freshwater catchments. The
Hastings workshop will be the third in a series of facilitated focus
groups. Workshops have already been held in Invercargill and Nelson.
Didymo Incursion Response Manager Kerry Bodmin said the work aimed to
build a bigger picture for BNZ of the sorts of values relating to the use
– or non-use – of streams and rivers by groups who used them.
"It's not a public consultation process, but more of an analysis. What
we're trying to gain is an understanding of the values people place on
freshwater catchments so they can be taken into account when considering
the issues involved in managing incursions.
"This process will generate some data about the social, cultural,
environmental and economic considerations and issues that we believe
should be captured as part of the decisions we have to make. We're well
aware that those decisions are not all about economics," says Ms Bodmin.
The workshop process involves facilitated focus groups and is being run
for BNZ by a private contractor who will be approaching identified
community groups in the Hastings area this week and next, to invite them
Further information on Didymo is available on the BNZ website,
Media contact: Brett Sangster Director Corporate Communications 027 247