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  • 08 May 2021 9:51 PM | Anonymous
    TAHRC website has been updated: https://tarhc.org.nz/.

     A bit on information has been uploaded for nearly all huts in the forest parks, plus a start on History and Track/Trails pages.

  • 22 Mar 2021 2:11 PM | Anonymous

    Our first NZDA Women's hunt was super successful and we want another chance in May to bring women together to support them. This time it's a bit more informal and low key but still a great chance to catch up with each other since February. Thames Valley branch are hosting this event.

    Please note: this time food will be catered.

    Attendees need to sort lunch/snacks but we will have plenty of leftovers available too. Please see attached flyer and contact Maureen as soon as you can to secure your place for May. Here is the link to our online article in Rod and Rifle magazine:


    Worth a look.

  • 12 Mar 2021 11:03 AM | Anonymous

    The hunting sector is developing a proposal for a science-based management programme for sika deer in the Kaimanawa and Kaweka Forest Parks that will benefit both hunting and conservation.

    The proposed programme is led by the Central North Island Sika Foundation with support from the Game Animal Council, NZ Deerstalkers Association, Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, the Kaweka Liaison Group and is actively engaged with the Department of Conservation. The objective is to reduce the impact of sika in areas where forest damage has been identified and to achieve a higher-quality, lower-density hunting resource that ensures beech canopy regeneration.

    “For many parts of the central North Island, where hunting has adequately managed sika densities, beech forests are regenerating following natural damage related to storms or drought. This is what we should ultimately be aiming for across the whole range,” says wildlife ecologist and science-lead for the programme, Cam Speedy.

    “The Central North Island Sika Foundation values the multi-agency approach of this project,” says Foundation President John Cook. “Effective management of our game animals is in everyone’s interest and the more we can collaborate with other organisations the better the outcome will be.”

    The programme will begin by focussing on areas where undesirable sika impact has been recorded and where the quality of the herd is showing signs of decline. It is proposed that a range of management tools be used including; improving access to remote zones for recreational hunters and encouraging them to target breeding females; employing professional ground-based hunters with indicating dogs to target hinds in priority areas; and where other methods are unsuitable, using helicopter-based aerial control of hinds.

    “Hunters want to hunt good healthy animals in a healthy environment and that requires careful management,” says Game Animal Council General Manager Tim Gale. “Deer density above the forests' ability to sustain them is bad for the ecosystem and results in poor quality hunting.”

    “The Game Animal Council supports this project as we see hunter-led management as one of the most effective means of providing long-term sustainable management of both sika and the environment.”

    NZ Deerstalkers Association CEO Gwyn Thurlow says, “NZDA is excited to be involved in this project and our volunteer members are looking forward to being part of the sika herd management story.”

    “All hunters have a role as caretakers of our game animal herds to ensure a win-win for hunting and conservation.”

    The Proposal for a Sika Research and Adaptive Management Model for Kaimanawa & Kaweka Forest Parks is available at https://nzgameanimalcouncil.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Proposal-for-a-Sika-Research-and-Adaptive-Management-Proposal.pdf.

  • 17 Sep 2019 11:35 PM | Anonymous

    On Friday the government released the proposed amendments to the Arms Act (attached below). It contains a very large number of changes and is not easy to read in the format provided. It includes the expected registration scheme, licensing of shooting clubs and ranges, marking of all firearms, 5 year licence periods, cost recovery provisions and lots more. The above will cost us all more money but cost criminals nothing.

    I understand that once the bill is introduced there will be a shortened submissions period of 3 months instead of the usual 6 months. Cynics might suggest the government and the Police want to get it through before both the election and the release of the findings of the Christchurch Royal Commission.

    The money maths is quite straightforward, 5 year licences in place of 10 and they say they want full cost recovery vs the 40% now. Club and range licensing and reporting will add to the costs, marking of firearms to some yet to be determined std is also at our cost, presumably they will want full recovery on the registration system, either at first or once they have all your data, the Canadians spent C$2B after selling it as a C$3M system and as everyone knows no government computing system ever had a cost over-run.

    This is something we all need to pay attention to and a select committee process we all need to take part in. There are none of us who will not be affected and nothing that will make the community safer, it is the triumph of dogma over reason.

    COLFO are making a stand on this and they deserve your support. 

    Arms Legislation Bill Sept 2019.pdf 

    bill-government-2019-177 -disclosure assessment.pdf 

  • 26 Feb 2019 8:09 AM | Anonymous


    A quick update on the Aoraki Mt Cook proposed National Park Management Plan (NPMP).

    Submissions closed 4th Feb but soon after that DoC announced that the whole plan is on hold due to a court challenge by Ngai Tahu. I believe the case concerned DoC's ability to issue concessions which would go to the core of the most contentious issues in the proposed Aoraki NPMP given they want to significantly increase helicopter landings - up to 200 per day in one area alone (70,000 per year). There was almost universal opposition to the plan from F&B, Alpine clubs, trampers and hunters. DoC get a fee for every landing but I'm sure that wouldn't influence their proposals :)


  • 10 Feb 2019 11:27 PM | Anonymous

    Those of you who put in a submission in June will have received notification in December of a 2nd round for submitters. Essentially the DoC regions took submissions, made their recommendations and then the national panel ignored most regional recommendations and have proposed opening virtually everything using their self written Deer Policy to usurp the previous controls put in under the Wild Animal Control Act and Conservation Act. This is wrong but they are trying to get away with it.

    The deadline for this second round is soon, 15th Feb. Hopefully most have re-submitted already but if you haven't the links below give some background on the changes proposed and a draft template submission - please re-word to suit yourself. Key things to oppose are the attempts to retain the invalid WARO openings of the Remutakas (83%) and Tararuas (18%). DoC are trying to keep them open based on the status quo despite that status being declared invalid by the high court. Akin to a thief arguing that they should keep stolen goods because they are in possession of them.

    This round is supposed to only accept submissions from those who submitted previously however DoC have added in new changes so even if you didn't submit in June feel free to preface your submissions with their new openings provide you the right to now submit. One of the new openings the national panel propose is the Kaweka Forest Park.

    Please feel free to use the draft submission emailed recently as a pick and mix list. Close off is 15th Feb.

    more info via DoC's website


    thanks, Gordon 


  • 26 Feb 2018 10:29 PM | Anonymous

    DoC have reneged on the much promised (including to the High Court) overall review of WARO. To all intents they are trying to shut hunters out of a fair say in an activity which clearly adversely impacts upon rec hunters. They have turned their back on a chance to have a constructive process that could set the scene for a sustainable hunting regime benefiting all parties and conservation. The feral venison price schedule is up and activity is high, chances are it will affect all hunters.

    follow the link and take some action




  • 12 Sep 2017 11:13 PM | Anonymous

    As part of the Ruahine Deer Plan process a survey was conducted via the Game Animal Council with the link to the survey available to all those seeking permits for the Ruahine Forest Park.

    The survey though not a huge sample set has some interesting information it.

    Ruahine 2017 Recreational Hunter survey results.pdf

    At a recent meeting of the Deer Plan working group it was also estimated from the permit data and DoC land area totals that the Ruahines represents around 1% of the total DoC controlled estate but attracts permit applications from around 8% of all those who seek permits. So the area is very significant to hunters. 

  • 04 Sep 2017 9:17 PM | Anonymous

    Dear stakeholder/ interested party

    Consultation opens for proposed 2018 TBfree pest control operations

    OSPRI is now consulting on its proposed 2018 TBfree programme aerial pest control operations.

    The consultation document and details about how to make a submission, are available at www.tbfree.org.nz/have-your-say.aspx

    The document outlines the proposed pest control operations in support of the National Pest Management Plan for 2018. It also outlines the approach taken by OSPRI in relation to engagement for the TB management and eradication programme.

    During the consultation period we will be meeting with key stakeholder groups and interest groups to get their feedback on the document.

    OSPRI believes that it is important to undertake effective and timely consultation. This will provide an opportunity for people and organisations interested in, or affected by, our pest control operations, including landowners and land users, farmers, hunters and recreational land users to discuss any concerns they may have regarding the proposed operations.

    If you have any immediate questions or comments please contact consultation@ospri.co.nz.

    We encourage you to share this with relevant or other interested stakeholders.

    Regards, Phil Dawson



    D 07 849 8915 | M 027 550 0182


  • 20 Jun 2017 10:37 PM | Anonymous

    DoC and OSPRI are proposing a 1080 op for this spring (2017) in the Northern Ruahines covering over 25% of the whole of the Ruahines. Currently no deer repellent is proposed. attached is the fact sheet they have just put out.

    Standard 1080 kills a lot of deer.

    The Ruahines has the highest hunting permit numbers of the entire lower North Island (Kawekas included) and possibly in the Country and it beggars belief that they would try and get away without doing something to mitigate the effect especially after we just took them to court over areas including the Ruahines.

    Whilst no 1080 would be ideal the reality is they will try and knock back the rats and stoats from yet another mast year so we need to find a way to make the control more target specific so there are still deer to hunt.

    Please read fact sheet and start asking DoC and OSPRI questions



    BFOB Factsheet Northern Ruahine Ranges - DOC-3043767.pdf

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