The winds of change may be about to blow away years of antagonism by Fish and Game New Zealand towards farming writes Neal Wallace in the latest issue of Farmers Weekly.
In the article Neal Wallace interviewed Fish and Game’s new chairman Ray Grubb of Otago, who is determined to nurture a better relationship with farmers.
“Dirty dairying has gone. The term coined by Fish and Game NZ to describe the environmental impact of dairy farming, has been widely vilified by farmers and credited with the deteriorating relationship between anglers and hunters with farmers.”
“Grubb promises to be less confrontational with farmers and farming groups, to cooperate and show mutual respect and to agree to disagree on some issues.”
“This approach has been endorsed by FGNZ’s national council and will build on strong community relationships the organisation has at regional level, but which Grubb says is missing at national level.”
“He described the FGNZ dirty dairying campaign initiated by formers FGNZ chief executive Bryce Johnson, as aggressively worded—but FGNZ will not use it again.—It had come at a cost with a noticeable increase in landowners curbing access to fishermen and hunters over their land to waterways.”
Ray Grubb- new Fish and Game NZ chairman