Game Animal Council appointments announced

31 May 2017   Media Statement


Associate Conservation Minister Hon Peter Dunne today announced new appointments to the Game Animal Council (GAC). The GAC was established in 2013 for the management of game herds (deer, tahr, chamois and pigs) throughout New Zealand.

“I am pleased to announce that I am appointing three new members to the Council, Richard Burdon, Rachael Dean and Stephen Hall, who will join six sitting Councillors,” said Mr Dunne.

The full Council membership is :

Export Levy Update December 2016

In December 2016 the Associate Minister of Conservation released a proposal regarding a proposed levy on exported trophies.  This proposal was to implement the levy that was part of the 2013 Game Animal Council Act.  Submissions closed in February 2017 and these have now been analysed and a report presented to the Minister.

The consultation was undertaken by the Minister, not the Game Animal Council and the Council does not have access to the submissions.

Wellington Conservation Management Strategy

The draft Wellington Conservation Management Strategy is open for public consultation until 4th April 2017.

Because this draft strategy addresses game animals and the role of hunting in a large part of the southern North Island, hunters are encouraged to read it, identify the effects it would have on them and the environment, and make submissions to the Department of Conservation.

Submissions can be supportive of the strategy, or can be suggestions for improving it.

Your suggestions will be more powerful if they are accompanied by a sound justification

BFOB Makarora and Wilkin Valleys

25 Sept 2016

Aerial 1080 operations in the Makarora and Wilkin Valleys



DOC is currently preparing for aerial 1080 operations in the Makarora and Wilkin Valleys. This work is part of Battle for Our Birds which aims to save New Zealand’s wildlife from a surge in the numbers of introduced predators –

Battle for our Birds Deer repellent maps

Members of the Game Animal Council and NZ Deerstalkers Association worked closely with DOC to secure the use of deer repellent to help protect some of our most vulnerable deer herds during the upcoming Battle for our Birds operations.

At short notice an online survey was developed and over 350 responses were collected in a 10 day period. This information helped inform discussions and set priorities. Some specific areas have been identified for mitigation.