Arms Amendment Bill - GAC Media Statement

NZ Game Animal Council
Media Statement

2 April 2019


Arms Amendment Bill will not significantly impact recreational hunting

The Arms Amendment Bill announced by the Government contains provisions to allow for the continuation of recreational and commercial hunting of large game animals, according to Game Animal Council Chair Don Hammond.  

MSSA’s unnecessary for recreational hunting - GAC

NZ Game Animal Council
Media Statement

20 March 2019


MSSA’s unnecessary for recreational hunting

“The conversation New Zealand is now having regarding the use of military-style semi-automatic firearms (MSSA’s) is important and the Game Animal Council wishes to clarify several aspects in relation to their use for hunting game animals,” says Chair Don Hammond.  

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.