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Statement to all scheduled hunters booked to hunt during the 2020 season from the New Zealand Guided Hunting Industry - Revised 28 March 2020
On Monday March 23 The New Zealand Government announced that New Zealand will go into total lockdown for 4 weeks from midnight on Wednesday March 25. This follows the closing of our borders to all non-residents on March 19. This will mean any hunters travelling to New Zealand to hunt between now and the end of April will need to revise their travel plans.
The intention of the lockdown is to further limit the community spread of Covid-19 in New Zealand, which currently has 451 confirmed cases and no deaths. All New Zealand hunters have been advised to stay home and avoid any activity that could put themselves or emergency services at risk.
It remains the position of the New Zealand Guided Hunting Industry comprising the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association (NZPHGA) and the New Zealand Association of Game Estates (NZAGE) is that of support for our government's initiatives for the health and safety of ourselves, our communities and our clients.
Our advice to industry members is to reschedule all hunters whose travel plans are affected by the 4-week lockdown. The New Zealand Government will review the lockdown at the end of this period and advise their next move at this time. Hunters can be rescheduled to another date later in the 2020 season, new dates in the 2021 season or beyond.
It remains the intent of the New Zealand Guided Hunting Industry to ensure all members to fulfil their commitments to their clients when possible and safe to do so.
We will be reviewing this statement periodically as information comes to hand. For updates on how Covid-19 is affecting hunting in New Zealand please visit the New Zealand Game Animal Council website on: https://nzgameanimalcouncil.org.nz/
Trophy Export Levy to fund the Game Animal Council.
The proposed Trophy Export Levy has become a highly contentious issue for the commercial hunting sector and members of the NZPHGA. The NZPHGA Executive has been heavily involved in representing the association and wider commercial sector throughout the proposal and subsequent consultation process.
You can read the NZPHGA's correspondence with the Department of Conservation, Associate Minister of Conservation Hon. Peter Dunne and the Game Animal Council below:
We will do our best to keep members updated as things progress so please check back here periodically for new information.
Nominations open for Game Animal Council - 21 December 2013
Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith today called for nominations for the new Game Animal Council, which is designed to give hunters a voice in the management of their recreation.
“We are looking for between nine and 11 members with knowledge and expertise covering all aspects associated with managing game animals. This includes recreational and commercial hunting, farming, forestry, Māori hunting interests, and nature conservation,” Dr Smith says.
“The establishment of the Game Animal Council is part of National’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with United Future. It also illustrates National’s Bluegreen approach of getting sector groups, like recreational and commercial hunters, around the table to resolve competing interests.
“One of the first challenges for the Council will be developing an industry-led code of practice for aerially-assisted trophy hunting.”
Other key functions of the Council, established last month with the passing of the Game Animal Council Act, include advising and making recommendations to the Minister on hunting issues, providing information and education to the sector, promoting safety initiatives, conducting game animal research, and undertaking management functions for designated herds of special interest.
The Council is expected to be in place in the first half of next year. Nominations forms are available at
www.doc.govt.nz/gameanimalcouncil. Nominations close on 27 January 2014.
See the latest issue of the NZPHGA's quarterly publication, SCOPE Magazine, along with past issues.