In 2013 the Game Animal Act came into effect from which the Game Animal Council was formed. The GAC is a statutory body appointed but the Minister of Conservation and the specific goal of the GAC is to improve the management of deer, chamois, tahr and wild pigs.
The Act provides powers for the Minister to designate a wild animal namely deer and wild pigs on conservation or Crown land as a herd of special interest (HOSI).
Animals within a HOSI are considered to be ‘game animals’ under the GAC Act.
Interestingly enough there are still no designated HOSI. Not even in Recreational Hunting areas, where game animals (deer, tahr, chamois) are supposed to be protected.
The "Investigative Group" which met to address the issue of "protection" of deer, Chamois, Tahr and wild pigs, set up by Peter Dunne, lacked credibility and composition..
Dunne had two extreme conservationists on the Panel, a scientist (who couldn't vote for protection (or Landcare Research's contracts with DoC would be over) and Gary Ottman, reflecting the views of US hunters.
Naturally, they came up with meaningless recommendations that went nowhere, stymied by Dunne choosing a panel that would never reach a pro-wild animals outcome. But the real issue is Section 4 of the Conservation Act, which deals with a re-invented Treaty of Waitangi, which as the Crown in a "Partnership" with iwi. Think of that - the British Empire in 1840 - the world's number one military power - in a "partnership" with Stone Age, warring cannibal tribes. So, DoC is beholden to iwi.
To them, the "partnership" to them means that they tell DoC what to do. Because in the Maori Apartheid State that NZ has become, thanks to John Key, Christopher Finlayson, adding to the division caused by Geoffrey Palmer and Doug Graham, Tribes tell DoC what to do. We have a succession of idiots that have helped turn NZ into an apartheid state.
And DoC does what iwi tell it to do and herein lays the problem.
Until the Minister designates a herd as such we are in danger of having our herds of deer, tahr, chamois and wild pigs reduced to such numbers to meet DoC’s specific conservation objectives.
When you consider the infiltration of DoC by the Greenies and Forest and Bird you can almost guarantee that these objectives are not in the interests of hunters.
A Quota system for HOSI run by any government department will be a disaster. The wild game industry of NZ is so close to the relationship of Customary/Recreational and Commercial fishers in its public reaction I wouldn’t have though any politician with a brain would want this system.
Some people hunt for food, some people hunt for sport and some people hunt for profit. The most important thing missed by this group and the government consultants is that it is only DoC’S opinion that the wild game, Pigs, Deer, Thar, Chamois are out of control and they are wrong.
The huge Wild Game industry of NZ that thousands of business rely on is being really effectively managed by the hunters themselves and Doc along with Forest and Bird should butt out.
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