I’d wondered whether Metiria’s ‘Save the Eels’ talk on Monday night at Invercargill would have pulling power this close to the election, but I needn’t have. While there were plenty of ‘green supporter’ faces in the audience, Metiria and the topic of eels had drawn reps from the regional councils, Fish & Game, QEII Trust and, naturally enough, the eel fishing industry. All seemed rapt with the film, ‘Longfin’ and Metiria’s talk. Afterwards, the room was humming – I overheard talk on sequestering carbon in peat swamps, the legal status of trout, the effects of urea on Southland’s rivers and plenty else. It was an impressive evening and a strong showing from the Greens. Catch the ‘Eel Tour’ if you can.