GAC Vacancies 2018

The Minister of Conservation is seeking nominations for five (5) members of the Game Animal Council.
The Minister will be seeking to appoint members to the Council who will collectively have knowledge and experience relating to game animals (recreational and commercial hunting, deer farming, hunting-related tourism),
farming generally, forestry, kaitiakitanga, nature conservation, and scientific disciplines. Public governance experience is also seen as essential.

Appointments will take effect from 1 December 2018 and will be for a term of up to three years.

Chatham Islands opportunity

Hotel Chatham on the Chatham Islands is promoting packages for hunters (and people passionate about fishing as well) from the mainland to come and spend few days, joining the locals for a hunt through the coming season. The Hotel would provide accommodation and meals.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

24 March 2017

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) What pig hunters and recreational hunters need to know.

A recent outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Norway has highlighted the importance of Biosecurity measures to prevent this disease reaching New Zealand. CWD does not affect pigs and there has never been a case of CWD in New Zealand but because of the cross over between deer hunters and pig hunters you need to read this.

Inaccurate Outdoors Party post

Please be aware that a recent post made by the Outdoors Party is not factually correct in relation to comments made about the GAC support for "hunting/hunter licences".

The NZPHA has representation on the GAC and can confirm that no such position has been adopted or recommended to the relevant Minister.

A statement confirming such will likely be issued from the GAC.

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

DOC 1080 Briefing Papaer

Briefing for Game Animal Council, NZ Deerstalkers Association, and NZ Pighunting AssociationMapping planned aerial 1080 use by the Department of Conservation and by OSPRI (TbFree NZ) planned for the 2015/2016 year.

Assessing Herds of Special Interest

 The Game Animal Council is looking for Herds of Special Interest.  Under the GAC mandate it has interests in Deer, Thar, Chamois and Wild Pigs. If there is situation where wild pigs can become a HOSI then contact the Game Animal Council or the NZ Pig Hunting Association through their respective websites or discuss it with a councillor from either organisation. 

Research Request

Research Assistance Request

The Committee of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of NZ has been asked by Professor Gemmell at Otago University to source tissue samples from the ears of wild pigs, caught around the North Island. Samples will be DNA profiled and the profiles of our NZ wild pig populations will be compared with the DNA profiles overseas pig populations to see where the different types of NZ pigs may have originated from.

We need to find at least 20 specimens.

NZPHA Avian (Kiwi) Aversion

The NZPHA Committee encourage all our members and indeed all Pig Hunters and dog owners, to attend an avian (Kiwi) aversion course.

These courses are usually run by the Dept. of Conservation and your local DOC office should be able to put you in contact with the people or person in your area that runs the course.

The courses may vary slightly from one area to another, but the purpose is obviously to train dogs- in our case pig dogs to avoid Kiwi and other avian species.