Ross Newton


YOB: 1947
Experience: Commercial Fisherman, Spearfisherman, Scuba Diver
Regions: Otago, Fiordland, Foveaux Strait, Rakiura
Interview Location: Dunedin, NZ
Interview Date: 25 January 2016
Post Date: 08 July 2017; Copyright © 2017 Ross Newton and Steve Crawford



CRAWFORD: How much has Māori culture knowledge affected your knowledge of the marine ecosystems, in general? Not just White Pointers.

NEWTON: Not at all. I wouldn’t think.

CRAWFORD: Ok. In terms of science, how much has science affected your knowledge of marine ecosystems?

NEWTON: Probably a bit. By science, you mean like putting figures together from catches or what?

CRAWFORD: Sampling programs, research, any types of special investigations done by Ministry of Primary Industries or Department of Conservation or anybody like that? I mean, for a board member on the industry Pāua Management Action Committee, you probably get a lot of information coming past you. Some of that might be science, if it related to how the ecosystem is working. And even if you are hanging around scientists, maybe as advisor on committees, or maybe you chartered your boat to a scientist - any of that. But when you add all that together, how much do you reckon science has affected how you think about the marine world?

NEWTON: Yeah. Well, I probably associate it with some of those guys. Like there used to be a guy, who's still got a place here. His name’s Jeremy Prince. Well he’s a marine scientist. And he used to come over here. He had some Pāua quota, and he used to come diving with us. So, we used to talk quite a lot, yeah. 

CRAWFORD: That’s what I’m talking about. You might get science from a bunch of different ways. But overall, where would you score it?

NEWTON: Probably medium. I wouldn’t say low. And I wouldn’t say high. So, I’ll go with medium.

Copyright © 2017 Ross Newton and Steve Crawford