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Public Ownership Of St James Station Welcomed

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8 October 2008


Public Ownership Of St James Station Welcomed

Fish & Game New Zealand welcomes the Government’s purchase of the iconic St James Station as a valuable recreational and conservation treasure for all New Zealanders.

“This very large Station’s ecological diversity, varied geography and numerous recreational opportunities are priceless,” said Bryce Johnson, Chief Executive Fish & Game New Zealand. “The upper Waiau in particular is a high quality backcountry trout fishery, and practical and certain access to this fishery will be a boon for anglers. There is very good Canada goose hunting there, and hunter access will assist in managing goose numbers.”

“Outside of Fish & Game’s specific interests, kayakers, trampers, climbers, deer stalkers, skiers and any who appreciate outstanding scenery, geological and ecological diversity will celebrate access to this national treasure. It is crucially important that practicality of access for all recreational activities is managed for the benefit of all New Zealanders.”


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