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New Zealand Has A Game Council

Apr 22, 2011

New Zealand Has Got it!

It being a
 Game Animal Council. On Wednesday April 6th the honorable Peter Dunne, leader of the United Future Party and the honorable Kate Wilkinson Minister of Conservation formally announced that a Game Animal Council will be established.

The new Game Animal Council will be established under its own statute and will be independent of any government agency. A new classification of animals would be introduced to allow the Minister of Conservation to designate herds of specific interest to hunters and in specific locations for management by the Council.

Who will make up the Council? 
Dunne said it is is
proposed to be a Council of eleven members to reflect the size of and diversity within the sector. They will be appointed by the Minister of Conservation from public and organisational nominations that includes members representing the following interests related to these animals:

• Recreational deer, tahr, chamois and wild pig hunting;

• Commercial hunting;

• Game estate and safari park operations;

• Deer farming, meat processing and export;

• Tourism operations related to hunting (guiding, etc);

• Maori hunting interests;

• Farming and forestry;

• Research and conservation.

Members will be appointed for a period of three years with the provision for a further three-year term.

What will the Council do?

Dunne said there has been a serious lack of balanced advice to government on game animal and hunting issues and this needs to be corrected. One of the most important roles therefore will be advising and making recommendations to the Minister. The Council will need to be self funding however. We have acknowledged also that those that make a commercial gain from a public resource need to make a contribution to the management of that resource so there will be a levy on the export of trophies. We have also left open options for funding from recreational hunters and from other sources, which the Establishment Committee recommended some of.

Information gained from a  New Zealand Hunter magazine mailout

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