Big Game Fishing Council & Anor v Sanford & Ors
NZ BIG GAME FISHING COUNCIL INC AND ANOR v SANFORD LIMITED
AND ORS SC 40/2008
[2 October 2008]
IN THE SUPREME
COURT OF NEW ZEALAND
 NZSC 74
BETWEEN NEW ZEALAND BIG GAME FISHING COUNCIL
AND THE NEW ZEALAND RECREATIONAL
FISHING COUNCIL INC
LIMITED, SEALORD GROUP LIMITED AND PELAGIC & TUNA NEW
AND MINISTER OF
AND THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF
THE MINISTRY OF FISHERIES
CJ and McGrath J
Counsel: A R Galbraith QC and S Ryan for Appellants
B A Scott and G T Carter for First Respondent
A E L Ivory and P A McCarthy for Second and Third Respondents
Judgment: 2 October 2008
JUDGMENT OF THE COURT
A The application for leave to appeal against the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Sanford Ltd v The New Zealand Recreational Fishing Council Inc  NZCA 160 is granted.
B The approved ground of appeal is:
Did the Minister of Fisheries, when setting the total allowable commercial catch for Kahawai under s 21 of the Fisheries Act 1996 in 2004 and 2005, act in accordance with statutory requirements?
C The appellants’ application for leave to respond to the submissions of the respondents on the leave application is consequentially dismissed.
 The application for leave to appeal is granted on the basis of the first appellant’s submissions of 6 August 2008 in support of granting leave. Having considered those submissions, along with submissions from the respondents each dated 27 August 2008, it was not necessary for the Court to address the further “factual context” submissions made for the appellants dated 3 September 2008. The appellants’ application for leave to file the further submissions in reply to those of the respondents is accordingly dismissed.
Hesketh Henry, Auckland for Appellants
Chapman Tripp , Wellington for First Respondents
Crown Law Office, Wellington for Second and Third Respondents