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www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12163008

Hibiscus Coast residents are devastated after a beloved kingfish was caught and killed by two men at Gulf Harbour Marina.

A post that has been shared on many Facebook community pages, including the Hibiscus Coast, explaining the "barbaric" slaying of the iconic 1.2m kingfish known as Murphy, which happened on Saturday November 17 at about 3.15pm.

Two men, said to be "European" were seen being dropped off from a boat at the commercial Z pier and then spearing the fish from the pier.

The post said the men were seen gutting and gilling Murphy near the Discovery ferry area.

Many residents have left comments on how angry they are about the death of Murphy.

"Oh no.. our son loves visiting and feeding 'his' fish and was so excited to see the "great big kingfish"... what ass****!!," one person said.

"What pathetic boys they are. Obviously not capable of catching anything in the wild. Those fish in the marina are so tame. They bring so much joy to families watching and feeding them! Hopefully these low-lifes are held to account for their actions," another said.

"These protected fish become great breeding stock as well as education for children and onlookers. Murphy may yet have his say with upset tummies when eating him! RIP Murphy!" an upset resident wrote.

Gulf Harbour Marina is a free viewing spot where thousands of families enjoying feeding the fish.

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So, the herald has let its aspiring  fishermen readers ,that were not already aware, that there are some very tame kingfish at the marina ripe for the taking ? 

Murphys law ?


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Never heard of a tame Kingi. Signs should have gone up around the marina to explain Murphy - these guys might have just seen a opportunity without knowing the story.

Sad ending to a fish that delighted the community...
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Fishing is prohibited in the marina, plenty of signs about.
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Originally posted by Big Manly Yaka Big Manly Yaka wrote:

Fishing is prohibited in the marina, plenty of signs about.


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Pair of idiots.

Does the signage specify spearing though because you could see how krunts like that would use it as an excuse.
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Do any marinas permit fishing in them???
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With fishing being prohibited! Has any action been taken against these people? Are they identifiable?
If no action has been taken why not?

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From Facebook;

The following email was received this morning....

To the members of the Hibiscus Coast community and Gulf Harbor Marina,

It has recently been brought to my attention that you are seeking a person who has speared a Kingfish at Gulf Harbor Marina.

I wanted to share some words with you and ask that you understand how this event occurred. 
The extent of this event has only just become apparent to me through an acquaintance, as I do not use social media. So, this clearly needs to be addressed properly for all concerned.

After a day of fishing with friends I was dropped off at an unknown dock to be picked up, and the boat proceeded to head back to its berth at another marina. I'm not from the area and have never been to the Gulf Harbor Marina before.

Coming ashore from the ocean there was no apparent signage that indicated the Marina’s request for no fishing. After arriving on the dock from the sea, I spotted the kingfish and speared it, not realizing that it was a feeding ground.

I have fished my whole life, growing up as a New Zealander, and the ocean life has been a great part of my childhood memories. If I would have known that this is where people come to feed the fish and that the Marina requested no fishing, I would have in no way carried out the same actions.

This was not an act with malicious intent. The truth is, I am just a person who made a foolish mistake and I am sorry that my own ignorance caused upset to the community. Looking back now, I see how, in that moment, I made an uninformed decision and I regret that deeply.

I have always tried to live by the integrity of the ocean, and the marine life that sustains our ecology and nourishment. I am truly sorry to all the people this has affected, and I wish that it hadn't happened. This incident was an error in judgment and I sincerely apologize for any upset that this may have caused.

Respectfully, l will be more attentive when acting in the future to adhere to the requests of the Marina and the surrounding community. If you would like to speak further, I am happy to discuss with you. The public deserves a sincere apology and I hope that they can understand that mistakes happen.

Sincerely, 
<Name Withheld>

The Marina has decided to withhold this persons name. We thank the community for highlighting this issue and identifying the person concerned.
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Hmmm ^^^ wonder how many lemonades he had first and now regrets his actions,hope he choked on it.
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Fair enough- he sounds like one of us who respects the ocean and the communities along side it. Just a mistake. Sh#t happens.
He actually sounds a good bloke full of remorse.

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Fair enough at the end of the day you could just anchor off the marina and berley them out right....
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impressed that the bloke owned up and explained his actions .
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Reckon it would take a tonne of guts to write a letter such as that & even more so to have signed it.
 
Undoubtedly it was a very regrettable occurrence for which the writer appears to be genuinely remorseful however there has at least probably been a positive off shoot inasmuch as a lot of attention has been focussed on the event, which hopefully will lessen the likelihood of a repeat occurrence. 
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Herald said there were two of them. What about the other one. 

Or did herald get that bit wrong.
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The other one was his mum,she wrote the letter lol
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Man who killed iconic kingfish 'Murphy' shares heartfelt apology letter



He approached a local MP to offer his apology.



 


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Originally posted by Catchelot Catchelot wrote:

From Facebook;

 I was dropped off at an unknown dock to be picked up, and the boat proceeded to head back to its berth at another marina. I'm not from the area and have never been to the Gulf Harbor Marina before.

Coming ashore from the ocean there was no apparent signage that indicated the Marina’s request for no fishing. 


Whatever - but what marina are you allowed to fish within? 
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Good on him for writing a letter, had some time to make up a sincere story.... just happened to be dropped off at just the right place with a spear?.... was he out fishing with a hand spear from the boat for the day and was taking it home??
Maybe he didn’t know..... and just MAYBE all those coincidences are legit.....
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