This has been a busy week. On Monday, I had a meeting with the Waitaki Tourism people that was held at mid-day in Palmerston. I explained to them that the penguins have all but gone from the historic reserve and the relentless visitor pressure is adversely affecting the wildlife. The opportunity for a self-sustaining tourist venture here, with its associated employment opportunities, is fast disappearing. Members of the local community board came out at 6:45pm and could see for themselves, tourists ignoring all signs, harassing penguins and seals, and the rampant weeds that are rapidly taking over the place.
Have a great week!