Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Monument Unveiling at Lake Pukaki Reason to Celebrate

Monument Unveiling at Lake Pukaki Reason to Celebrate

The official unveiling of the bronze tahr sculpture overlooking Lake Pukaki by the Game and Forest Foundation is planned for Saturday, March 15. The sculpture, created by Murray Matuschka, has been erected to commemorate the introduction of the species 100 years ago.

Members of Safari Club International New Zealand Chapter (SCINZ) have been actively involved in fundraising for this project, and the official unveiling offers them an occasion to celebrate the recent passing of the Game Animal Council Bill in parliament.

The passing of the bill in November 2013 will give hunters a statutory voice in the management of their recreation on public conservation land. The Game Animal Council will be an independent body charged with managing designated herds of deer, tahr, chamois and wild pigs.

The Game Animal Council is the result of three public consultation processes dating back to 1997. SCINZ has been advocating the establishment of such a council for more than 20 years, and deserves credit for working tirelessly towards getting the Game Animal Council Bill up and running.

“The establishment of the Game Animal Council Act is great news for tens of thousands of New Zealanders who hunt. It enables them to join mountaineers, trampers, game bird hunters, and trout and salmon fishers in having a statutory voice into the management of their recreation on public conservation land,” Conservation Minister Dr Nick Smith said.

For New Zealand’s recreational hunters, the establishment of the Game Animal Council is a significant step forward as it offers a tangible opportunity to replace conflict and marginalisation with co-operation and focused management.

Key functions of the Game Animal Council include advising and making recommendations to the Minister on hunting issues, providing information and education to the sector, promoting safety initiatives, conducting game animal research, and undertaking management functions for designated herds of special interest.

“Our members welcome the opportunity to work alongside New Zealand’s recreational hunting clubs and organisations to secure a healthy hunting environment for both now and future generations of New Zealanders and international visitors,” said SCI NZ Chapter President Bruce Flett.

“We thank Safari Club International for the initial contribution of funds that was used to set up the Game and Forest Foundation. This organisation was the steering wheel required to bring interested parties together and create a stronger voice to defend and protect hunting rights,” Mr Flett said.

The Tuscon-based Safari Club International’s key focus areas are protecting hunters' rights and promoting wildlife conservation. The organisation’s SCI Foundation has provided more than US$50 million of funding to conservation, wildlife education, and humanitarian programs around the world.

The Minister has called for nominations to the Game Animal Council and appointments will take effect from 1 June 2014 for an initial term of three years. The Minister is expected to approve the code of practice by the end of this year.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Littoral: New Ship To Deliver Enhanced Naval Capability

    Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Government has approved a Ministry of Defence and New Zealand Defence Force recommendation to request tenders for a new naval ship to support littoral operations. More>>

    July:

    After King's Labour Snub: Māori Party And Kiingitanga To Work Together

    Māori Party Co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox met with Kiingitanga representatives in Wellington yesterday to discuss working together on key issues for the betterment of Māori. More>>

    ALSO:

    Waitangi Claim On Rehabilitation: The 'Justus' System For Māori Not Good Enough

    Closing statements at the Waitangi Tribunal case against Corrections called for immediate steps and a comprehensive review to address the high rate of Māori reoffending. More>>

    ALSO:

    Advice: PM Sets Rules For Ministers' Treatment Of Public Servants

    Prime Minister John Key has laid down the law about the way ministers and public servants should interact, saying ministers may not always like the advice they receive, but they must listen to it carefully, respectfully and professionally. More>>

    Gordon Campbell: On The Funding Changes In Special Needs Education, And Uber

    The plan to strip out the educational support for older “special needs” children in order to meet the existing shortfall in funding for special needs in early childhood education is so miserly and relentlessly stupid as to defy belief… More>>

    SPECIAL EDUCATION (& More):

    Online Learning Plans:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news