Volunteers from the Southern Lakes NZDA look after a line of Stoat Traps in Steele Creek, established 10 years ago they were installed to protect Steele Creek from preditors of the Blue Duck and native birds
NZDA Update from Natex Exec meetings with Mike Slater DDG of DoC and Minister Eugenie Sage – 10 December 2018:
1. Mike Slater - met with Trevor Chappell and Bill O’Leary, • Tahr operations discussed. These have been delayed as a result of the helicopter crash and deaths of key personnel. There is an urgent need to appoint a replacement coordinator who will liaise with recreational hunters and facilitate management hunts run by organised groups. NZDA suggested aspects of the Tahr Plan that should be reviewed. Protocols for aerial operations to minimise animal welfare issues discussed with general agreement. • Deer numbers and the state of the forest in Kawekas and Raukumaras raised by DoC. DoC is concerned about the predator/pest numbers in the regions and would look at aerial 1080. NZDA is opposed to such an operation without deer repellent. Discussion was around how long an aerial operation could be delayed while an effective and economic deer repellent is developed. The deer numbers would remain as a perceived problem. Waro activity is limited and more recreational hunter activity is required. • WARO Review NZDA emphasised the disappointment that branches and regional DoC recommendations in many cases had been rejected by the DoC WARO panel. Mike insisted that this had been the result of the panel looking for consistency across all judgements. 2. Minister Sage – met with Trevor Chappell and Bill O’Leary • GAC Minister raised concern that NZDA (and others) understanding of her attitude towards GAC was wrong. She insisted she had made no statement that could have given NZDA the idea that she was against the GAC... NZDA strongly emphasised that positive support for the GAC would be welcomed and that support for new funding options were required and should be supported. (this was a difficult conversation). • Tahr The Minister stated that tahr population was “out of control”. NZDA emphasised that an operational plan had been developed in haste and that the delays in implementing it would enable improvements to be made. Collaboration and cooperation were needed and the appointment of a replacement liaison person was essential. • Acknowledgements The Minister acknowledged the pest control work of NZDA branches and praised the work of the Back Country Trust. NZDA emphasised that hunters were conservationists and had a commitment to the NZ outdoor environment. • Next meeting The Minister has asked for a meeting in March.
We will continue to remain engaged with DoC and the minister to lobby on behalf of recreational hunter concerns. ... See MoreSee Less
Points to raise: The Wild Animal Control Act 1977 already regulates and empowers DOC to manage this, Inclusion means same status as rabbits and stoats and does not recognise the significance of deer to local hunters and communities.
The Game Animal Council is a stautory body that has a role to manage game animal, including it as a pest is not recognising this statutory body
Any other supporting thoughts you have
Summarise that Feral deer have value to the community as game aminal resource and capable of being managed by other statutory bodies and that the designation as pest is inappropriate.
Finalise by asking for deer to be removed off the proposed pest list
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Alongside this we have developed a proposed Biosecurity Strategy, which sets out ORC's biosecurity priorities and a programme of action for how we will deliver biosecurity activities over the next 10 ...