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    Allan Burgess

    Tension rising on NZ rivers between wealthy tourists and Southlanders over competition for fishing spots

    Retired fishing guide and honorary Fish and Game ranger Len Prentice at his fishing hut on the upper Mataura River.

    Len Prentice worries about the future of the river he has spent his lifetime fishing.

    Sitting on the deck of his quintessential Kiwi bach, he surveys the upper Mataura River, watching as a lone angler stalks trout from the riverbank.

    He’s been fishing this stretch of river in Southland’s Nokomai Gorge for more than 60 years, catching his first trout on a worm as his grandfather and father watched on.

    “In those days you could camp just about anywhere on the river. I sort of grew up fishing up here and this has been my favourite river of all.”

    Read the full story by Rachael Kelly dated 29 Dec 2019 on

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