Briefing Paper to the Incoming Minister

The Game Animal Council Briefing Paper to the Minister of Conservation November 2017

Mission Statement: “Sustainable management of game animals and
hunting for recreation, commerce and conservation”.
(Game animals include: wild deer, tahr, chamois & pigs)



The Game Animal Council invites the Minister of Conservation to meet as soon as possible to discuss its on-going work programme and how it will be funded.

Game Animal Council Condemns threats by Anti 1080 Group



“Those making threats to people’s lives, to aircraft and to contaminate our meat and milk should be pursued with the full force of the law and brought to justice” said Don Hammond, Chairman of the Game Animal Council.

The Game Animal Council is the statutory body that represents hunters’ interests in the sustainable management of New Zealand’s game animals for recreation, commerce and conservation.

A letter containing these threats has been sent to the Department of Conservation and Fairfax Media Group.

Export Levy Update September 2017

The Game Animal Council Act 2013 made provision for the Council to derive revenue from the export of game animal trophies from NZ. Within the Act, this was the primary, mandated funding stream provided.

During 2016 and early 2017, a proposed levy system was developed and put out for public consultation. A total of 114 individual submissions were received and these were used to modify the proposal as appropriate.

Battle for Our Birds Matukituki 2017

20 Sept 2017

Aerial 1080 operations in the Matukituki Valley.



DOC is currently preparing for aerial 1080 operations in the Matukituki Valley taking place this spring. . This work is part of Battle for Our Birds which aims to save New Zealand’s wildlife from a surge in the numbers of introduced predators –


2018 TBfree Pest Control Operations Consultation

OSPRI is inviting feedback on their 2018 national plan for TBfree pest control operations.

The purpose of the consultation is to support engagement with the community, landowners, land-users and other individuals by providing information about operations proposed for 2018.

The consultation seeks to invite any questions or information needs in relation to the proposed operations, the specified methods, timing or other local and community needs.

OSPRI invites submissions from 2 August 2017 until 29 September 2017.

Aerial possum control – Stormy Ridge, Karamea Bluffs & Kahurangi West

Barry Polson of Vector Free has advised that Vector Free Marlborough Limited has been contracted by TBfree New Zealand to carry out the Stormy Ridge, Karamea Bluffs and Kahurangi West aerial possum control operations using sodium fluoroacetate (1080) cereal pellets. The Stormy Ridge and Karamea Bluffs aerials form part of OSPRI's TBfree programme whilst the Kahurangi West aerial operation is part of the Department of Conservation's Battle for our Birds programme.

Game Animal Council appointments announced

31 May 2017   Media Statement


Associate Conservation Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced new appointments to the Game Animal Council (GAC). The GAC was established in 2013 for the management of game herds (deer, tahr, chamois and pigs) throughout New Zealand.

“I am pleased to announce that I am appointing three new members to the Council, Richard Burdon, Rachael Dean and Stephen Hall, who will join six sitting Councillors,” said Mr Dunne.

The full Council membership is :

Export Levy Update December 2016

In December 2016 the Associate Minister of Conservation released a proposal regarding a proposed levy on exported trophies.  This proposal was to implement the levy that was part of the 2013 Game Animal Council Act.  Submissions closed in February 2017 and these have now been analysed and a report presented to the Minister.

The consultation was undertaken by the Minister, not the Game Animal Council and the Council does not have access to the submissions.