"What we're seeing around the whole country is the failure of Government."
"Just seeing this big shark's head clamped over the front of my board, its massive head there with its eye looking back at me."
The man managed to make it to shore safely - but his board took a bite.
It's not clear how long the plant was in place.
A group of fishers in Thames are accused of under-reporting 20 tonnes of fish.
Investigations continue, however.
"We were quite overwhelmed by the amount of people that actually turned up."
"The whole medical rescue system in New Zealand is not a happy scene at the moment."