Wellington Conservation Management Strategy

The draft Wellington Conservation Management Strategy is open for public consultation until 4th April 2017.

Because this draft strategy addresses game animals and the role of hunting in a large part of the southern North Island, hunters are encouraged to read it, identify the effects it would have on them and the environment, and make submissions to the Department of Conservation.

Submissions can be supportive of the strategy, or can be suggestions for improving it.

Your suggestions will be more powerful if they are accompanied by a sound justification

BFOB Makarora and Wilkin Valleys

25 Sept 2016

Aerial 1080 operations in the Makarora and Wilkin Valleys



DOC is currently preparing for aerial 1080 operations in the Makarora and Wilkin Valleys. 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 – www.doc.govt.nz/our-work/battle-for-our-birds.

Kaweka 1080 Operation Delayed

31 August 2016

Kaweka 1080 Operation Delayed

Game Animal Council Chairman, Don Hammond, has welcomed a decision from OSPRI to delay the aerial 1080 drop planned for the Kawekas this winter.  Hammond said “the Game Animal Council is supportive of the goal of eradicating bovine TB from NZ. However, possum management can have adverse effects and so hunters and other groups need to be adequately consulted about planned operations to identify adverse effects and potential mitigation. Delays in funding commitments to OSPRI meant a very compressed consultation period that did not fully allow people to have their say. The Game Animal Council has worked with OSPRI to clarify their consultation obligations for aerial 1080 operations.  Delaying the Kaweka operation to ensure affected parties can be heard and their views considered is a very positive move by OSPRI and they should be applauded for making what is a difficult call”.

Battle for our Birds Deer repellent maps

Members of the Game Animal Council and NZ Deerstalkers Association worked closely with DOC to secure the use of deer repellent to help protect some of our most vulnerable deer herds during the upcoming Battle for our Birds operations.

At short notice an online survey was developed and over 350 responses were collected in a 10 day period. This information helped inform discussions and set priorities. Some specific areas have been identified for mitigation.

Battle for Our Birds 2016

Joint Press Release

New Zealand Game Animal Council
New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association

30 May 2016

Battle for Our Birds 2016

The Department of Conservation is soon to commence a large-scale aerial 1080 campaign to control rats and stoats on Public Conservation Land in response to a beech mast event. Battle for Our Birds 2016 (BfoB2) follows a similar campaign in 2014.

SPCA Press Release

SPCA New Zealand: Gisborne men used dogs to torment and kill goats

Two Gisborne men who encouraged their dogs to viciously and repeatedly attack live goats, one of which had a broken leg, were sentenced today in the Gisborne District Court

NZGAC Annual Report Published

The Game Animal Council Annual Report for the 2014/15 year.  The Council’s Strategic (5 Year) Plan is appended to the report.

PRESS RELEASE: Hunters Unite on Animal Welfare



Hunters in New Zealand have a responsibility to conduct their method of hunting and animal harvest to the highest practicable standards of animal welfare with regard to minimising distress and suffering and to humanely kill animals being hunted.