The NZ Outdoors Party has alerted the freshwater fishing and duck shooting public to an attempted government takeover of Fish and Game. Alan Simmons, President and Co-Leader of the NZ Outdoors Party said the proposals if implemented will spell the end of 130 years of anglers and hunters managing the resource.
“It will be the beginning of Government control over the resources and will allows organisations with other agendas to hamstring Fish and Game management and policy and eventually degrade it to a government department. In my opinion this is the end of Fish and Game unless outdoor sporting public fight it,” he said.
He urged Fish and Game licence holders to help to build up a fighting fund in case a judicial challenge was needed. https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/save-fish-and-game-from-a-government-takeover
The predecessor to Fish and Game was the Acclimatisation Society movement started in 1860 when settlers sought to escape the UK feudal system where most were denied access to fish and game as the resources were considered the property of the wealthy gentry.
“It was a dream of the early settlers to create an egalitarian society where all persons could enjoy the sports no matter their personal wealth.”
In 2020 after intensive lobbying pressure by groups opposed to Fish and Game especially over the “dirty dairying” campaign the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced that she would undertake a review saying it was a governance issue and not a review of Fish and Game statutory functions.
But Alan Simmons said the actual terms of reference as published at the beginning of the final report are far from that.
“The minister’s assurance was false,” he said.
“Anglers and game bird hunters need to strenuously oppose these changes. They will gut this traditional organisation of its history and it’s very essence where sports-people for over a century, have funded and managed the resource for all New Zealanders to enjoy,” he said.
<c> Alan Simmons – fish and game public need to fight government threat