Haven't read too many replies. I have this to add...
Yes some of the records are still old however still appears on their web page which would suggest that they condone killing of rays for trophy status. Either that or they are just creating false idols. Either way, it is small appendage type stuff.
I have contacted local Kaumatua and informed them of the issue with the NZBHS. Hopefully they can send a clear message that it is not tolerated in the Manukau Harbour at least. I would encourage people who fish other harbours to do the same via their local iwi.
On a personal front, it isn't tolerated by me. I did ask one bow hunter standing at Orpheus Point that was waiting for a black ray to swim past so he could kill it to leave quietly. My approach was subtle I can assure you, I can be very diplomatic at times.
Hopefully, these types of men (and it is mainly men) are a dying breed in NZ.
Be nice if this was the unanimous decision of Fishing.net.nz but it is so closely related to spear fishing, I doubt they would be on board. You can still find recent pictures of Southern Bluefin tuna (on the critically endangered list) strung up for bragging rights around this place with plenty of "hand clap" smilies to boot.
Thanks those supporters.
On a positive note; The Manukau starting to lead the way in helping marine biodiversity.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/74213535/stingrays-saved-from-death-in-onehunga-bay-lagoon-by-new-grate
Stingrays saved from death in Onehunga Bay Lagoon by new grate