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Limited fish for your chips
The panel agreed with Forest and Bird Wells says Forest and Bird’s view of ried about declining stocks, but blames
By Eloise Gibson that hoki should have been given a lower sustainability is at “one end of the contin- environmental conditions, not over-fishing
score, saying it had been certified “by the uum”, and it is up to the New Zealand for the drop.
New Zealand’s biggest commercial fish skin of its teeth”. Government to decide what sustainable He says the fishing industry has acted
species has been given the tick of sustain- However, it could not overturn the means. responsibly by complying with reduced
ability, despite one of its two stocks dwin- marine council’s decision because the “Everyone’s idea of what sustainable hoki quotas.
dling to less than 20 per cent of what it appeal was limited to procedural issues. means is different.” “The industry has been prepared to
was in the late 1990s. Forest and Bird spokesperson Kevin “There will always be some who say [a accept quite draconian cuts because we
The hoki industry’s sustainability rat- Hackwell says the decision shows there fishery] is not sustainable.” recognise it is needed,” he says.
ing was renewed last week for another five are not enough checks and balances to But Hackwell says leaving it up to the “There has been a reasonably sudden
years, after a failed appeal by the Forest stop “dodgy” decisions. Government is a “cop out”, as the industry change [in stocks]. So we need to back off
and Bird Society. The marine council relies on assessors has chosen to seek a sustainable rating the gas.”
The renewal comes as Fisheries hired by the fishing companies to assess from the marine council and should meet In July, big fishing companies Sealord,
Minister Jim Anderton announced he was fisheries against the council’s sustainabil- its standards. Aotearoa Fisheries and Sanford called for
reducing the hoki quota by 10 per cent ity criteria. “We want them to have the certifica- the hoki quota for 2007/08 to be cut to
overall, and requesting the fishing indus- “[The assessors’] client is the fisheries tion, but it has to mean something.” 80,000 tonnes from the current level of
try to reduce its catch of dwindling west company, not the marine stewardship Hoki stocks have declined drastically around 100,000 tonnes.
coast stock by nearly 50 per cent. council,” says Hackwell. since the fishery was first certified by the Hackwell says greed is to blame for
New Zealand hoki is one of only two When the hoki fishery was assessed marine council in 2001. falling stocks, and consumers need to be
large scale fisheries of white fish to carry last year, the assessor reduced its scores Hackwell says the catch has reduced aware of what they are eating.
the Marine Stewardship Council’s sus- on some criteria after hearing from Forest from 250,000 tonnes in 2001 to about Forest and Bird publish a Best Fish
tainable tick, giving it preferred access to and Bird and the World Wildlife Fund. 80,000 tonnes, “and all while it has been Guide for consumers worried about sus-
overseas buyers like Sainsbury’s, Marks & However it then increased hoki’s scores certified as sustainable”. tainability, ranking fisheries from a sus-
Spencer and McDonald’s. against other criteria to give it an overall Of New Zealand’s two fisheries, the tainable ‘green light’ to the worst, ‘red
But Forest and Bird says the certifica- pass, a decision Hackwell says was “suspi- west coast has declined more than the light’ species.
tion was “shoddy” and sends the wrong cious”. east. West coast stocks are now thought to There are currently no fisheries in the
message to the fishing industry. Richard Wells, of the Deep Water be less that 20 per cent of late 1990s lev- sustainable ‘green light’ category, but
The society appealed the decision by the Group of fishing companies, says the deci- els. Hackwell says concerned consumers
London-based marine council to an inde- sion to certify hoki was fair. “We need to close down the west coast should eat fish from the top of the ‘orange
pendent review panel, after the fishery “It passed. You could say only just, and fishery or it will not recover,” says light’ list, such as terakihi.
scraped in with a score just 0.01 per cent that would be correct, but let’s not forget Hackwell. “I still enjoy terakihi on a Friday night,”
above the pass mark. the pass mark is 80 per cent.” Wells says fishing companies are wor- he says.
AUT rookies stun Iconic K’Rd
industry topdogs cafe closing Jamie Ritchie was a cycle
PHOTO: JAMES LITTLE
By Lauradanna Radesic By Justin Henehan
courier when Brazil opened 12
years ago and has been a regular
Air New Zealand Fashion Week was the culmination of Café Brazil on Karangahape ever since.
a year’s hard work for AUT fashion and design students Rd has been party to many of “I’m really gutted. I don’t
and launched their work to international acclaim. Auckland’s growing pains during know where else I’m going to get
Australian fashion bible Karen labelled the ROOKIE its 12 years in business. coffee that good and strong. No
show as one of the highlights of this year’s fashion week, A hangout for cycle couriers, one else’s coffee even comes close
and also proclaimed the student designs to be the best the students, artists, local workers and it’s the only place that plays
writer had ever seen. and K’Rd regulars, Brazil has decent music.”
Mandy Smith, head of fashion and design at AUT, said been a haven away from the Ritchie says Brazil was an
this year’s show was the best the school had ever put on. tumult of the city, but is set to icon and its closing will take
“We’ve had some great feedback. People really enjoyed serve its last coffee. something away from the feel of
the show and I’ve had some of the country’s top designers On September 30 the iconic K’Rd.
contact me to offer students work at the end of the year.” Karangahape Rd café, situated For a number of years the
ROOKIE, now in its fifth year, provides students with in the Norman Ng building, will brothers ran a coffee roasting
industry contact and interest as well as inspiration for close permanently. business from the café basement.
future careers. In 1995, brothers Simon and The roasting machine was a
This year’s garments were well made, consisted of good Dominic Taylor and Ben Harris feat of creative improvisation,
designs and had plenty of interesting cuts, said Smith. (who left in 1997) opened Brazil says Taylor.
Annabel McAleer, communications manager for the as a “place to just serve great cof- “It was real fly-by-the-seat-of-
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies said the fee”. your-pants stuff operating that
show went off without a hitch. Over time it became a commu- machine.
McAleer said the ROOKIE show is a coup for AUT nity, says Dominic Taylor. “Once the fire department had
because it generates realistic industry experience for the Taylor’s partner Lili Ahken to come out: We thought they
students. has been involved in the day-to- were going to shut us down, but
For student Rebecca Spratt, being a part of ROOKIE day running of Brazil from its the guy just said ‘I think you can
was an amazing experience. inception. get that going again.’”
“It went really well. It’s great to be able to get your Many people made best But fo Taylor, Brazil has done
name out there and get recognised. It offered an opportu- friends at Brazil and it has its dash.
nity that other design schools didn’t get,” she said. become part of Karangahape Rd, “I think we’re done with the
Grace Min, another student who débuted her designs, she says. hospitality industry. Hospitality
felt honoured they were chosen to appear at fashion week. “It’s seen a lot in its time, like is a finite thing – you can only do
Although the lead-up was hectic, Min said seeing her Auckland’s power crisis – we had it for so long.”
designs strutted down the catwalk made the whole generators running the coffee Each of the current owners
process worthwhile. machine and tea-candles all has their own reasons for closing
“Having people see your work for the first time was an through the café.” Brazil, but agree if they can’t
amazing experience. My friends and family were so proud Brazil has also been the site give 100 per cent, they would
of me.” and subject of many creative rather it came to an end.
One guest who was particularly impressed was projects, from music videos, to Brazil was named after former
Virginia Brown, fashion and beauty editor for Crème theatre performances, to archi- Python Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film
magazine. tecture studies. “We even had a set in a stylized Orwellian
As an ex-AUT fashion and design student, Brown’s fashion show once,” says Ahken. future.
own designs featured in the ROOKIE show three years
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