GAC questions the political parties 2020

With the general election just around the corner GAC asked the five political parties currently represented in Parliament six questions of specific interest to hunters. This was undertaken as part of our ongoing role to provide information to the hunting sector. Tim Gale expresses his thanks to Labour’s David Parker, National’s Jacqui Dean, Eugenie Sage of the Greens and David Seymour of Act for providing their responses. Unfortunately, New Zealand First failed to provide a response. All responses are included unedited and without commentary.

DOC to introduce new fines for those who break conservation rules

Fines are being introduced for people who break the laws that protect native species and conservation land.

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File photo. Photo: DOC

The Department of Conservation can issue warning letters and in serious cases prosecute people who flout the rules.

In addition, it now has the option to issue fines with an infringement notice.

Educated Hunter Podcast - NZGAC Don Hammond Interviewed

Don Hammond has been the chairman of the New Zealand Game Animal Council (GAC) for nearly six years. Matt Gibson sat down with Don to learn about what the GAC is, how it works, the challenges it faces, and most importantly why hunters from New Zealand should care deeply about the Game animal council. Past challenges, recent wins, and future plans. If you’re a hunter and you care about NZ hunting, the game animals we have, the public land we hunt on, and the natural environment we hunt in you need to listen to this podcast and share it far and wide.

New Game Animal Councillors

Game Animal Council chairman Don Hammond recently confirmed the appointment by Minister Sage of three new councillors. Sharon Salmons, Tim Gale and Steve McFall have all been appointed by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage to serve on the Council until November 2021 He also acknowledged the contributions of Garry Ottmann, Professor Geoff Kerr and Alec McIver, who have recently left the Council. Press Release attached below

African Swine Fever Warning

A major outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) is occurring in Europe and Asia. Many wild boar in these countries have become infected and most die.

ASF is highly contagious and infects both domestic and wild pigs. In Europe, the disease is moving back and forth between these populations making eradication difficult.

ASF is not a danger to humans or your dogs but an outbreak would be devastating for the New Zealand economy.

Pigs with ASF are slow-moving, may have diarrhoea, and often you will see blood spots on their organs when you open them up.

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.