If some of us were to get off our arses and get a Miners Association or similar organised, how many on this forum would join the association? I see the key role of an Association as lobbying the interests of hobby and Teir 2 miners etc, or it could be wider than that of course. The reason is that fresh water use and users are going to come under increasing pressure from consent authorities and other interest groups, and unless we develop a strong voice we are simply going to be sidelined into obscurity, and will find it increasingly harder to do the activity that we love to do. Having to make submissions last week on the ORC’s regional policy is but one example of why we need to form an Association. With an Association we can get more proactive in the debate and be recognised as a affected party and be included earlier rather than later in the process.
As miners we are really going to come up against it with organisations such as Forest and Bird, Fish and Game, Kai Tahu and for the Wkaktipu Area we have reasonably newby group known as Shaping Our Future.
If we dont get organised we will slowly be consigned to the dustbin of history.