The Green Party Conservation Minister from the Labour-led Government has announced a plan to cull tens of thousands of tahr, starting this weekend.
The Minister of Conservation is seeking nominations for five (5) members of the Game Animal Council.
The Minister will be seeking to appoint members to the Council who will collectively have knowledge and experience relating to game animals (recreational and commercial hunting, deer farming, hunting-related tourism),
farming generally, forestry, kaitiakitanga, nature conservation, and scientific disciplines. Public governance experience is also seen as essential.
Appointments will take effect from 1 December 2018 and will be for a term of up to three years.
Greyhound Racing NZ are looking for information regarding the use of greyhounds for hunting or breeding hunting dogs.
This short 2 minute survey is to gather information about the use of greyhounds in Pig Hunting.
Web link for survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NF8CVH2
24 March 2017
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) What pig hunters and recreational hunters need to know.
A recent outbreak of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Norway has highlighted the importance of Biosecurity measures to prevent this disease reaching New Zealand. CWD does not affect pigs and there has never been a case of CWD in New Zealand but because of the cross over between deer hunters and pig hunters you need to read this.
Please be aware that a recent post made by the Outdoors Party is not factually correct in relation to comments made about the GAC support for "hunting/hunter licences".
The NZPHA has representation on the GAC and can confirm that no such position has been adopted or recommended to the relevant Minister.
A statement confirming such will likely be issued from the GAC.
The science coming out of Landcare Research is helpful in removing pressure to reduce game animal densities in the fight against Bovine TB:
SPCA New Zealand: Gisborne men used dogs to torment and kill goats
Two Gisborne men who encouraged their dogs to viciously and repeatedly attack live goats, one of which had a broken leg, were sentenced today in the Gisborne District Court
Research Assistance Request
The Committee of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of NZ has been asked by Professor Gemmell at Otago University to source tissue samples from the ears of wild pigs, caught around the North Island. Samples will be DNA profiled and the profiles of our NZ wild pig populations will be compared with the DNA profiles overseas pig populations to see where the different types of NZ pigs may have originated from.
We need to find at least 20 specimens.
The NZPHA Committee encourage all our members and indeed all Pig Hunters and dog owners, to attend an avian (Kiwi) aversion course.
These courses are usually run by the Dept. of Conservation and your local DOC office should be able to put you in contact with the people or person in your area that runs the course.
The courses may vary slightly from one area to another, but the purpose is obviously to train dogs- in our case pig dogs to avoid Kiwi and other avian species.