Notes from Regional Meeting Sept 2018

Notes taken from a regional meeting: combined Southern Branches, 01SEP2018, South Otago Branch club rooms, Balclutha Opening: 1015 Present: Warren Buchanan, (President, South Otago), Richard Moat (Past President, Gore and Districts), Glenn Dickson (President, Gore and Districts), Murray Burns (Secretary, Upper Clutha), John McLean President, Upper Clutha), Tony Higgins (Past President, Upper Clutha), Andrew Murray (South Otago), Jim Kroening (South Canterbury), Stuart Murray (South Otago), Robyn Bradley (Branch Secretary, North Otago), Herman Hoedemaker (Secretary, Otago), Nathan Barnes (President, North Otago), Ben Eatwell (Secretary-Treasurer, South Otago), Helen Owen (South Canterbury, Otago), Ian Owen (South Canterbury, Otago, S Is National Executive), Chaz Forsyth (Otago, National Secretary). Apologies: Roy Swailes (President, Otago), Steve Robinson (President, Southland), Wilson (Blue Mountains), Steve Joyce & Michael Blair (Palmerston)   Matters arising from previous meeting: None Discussion about Conference;  Host branch and venue for 2019 Conference: no branch has indicated an intention to host it.  Support for consistent conference venues, ie Wellington or alternately Wellington and Christchurch, without burdening local branches who could become sick of hosting conference;  Branches combine to organise a conference? ie a combination of Wellington and Hutt Valley branches when held in Wellington.  Template for conference organisation (“Blue book” already in existence);  An opportunity for branches to earn some money;  Conference format – less formality desired;  Condense the AGM and incorporate trade shows or other relative activities;  Conference timing – late June or Later July thought better than present timing; NOT DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS  Freighting of trophies to conference a major headache because of expense;  Investigate a national carrier for freighting trophies; This could be extended to freight for membership, with a discount provision;...

NATEX newsletter July 2018

Conference Summary The conference opened on Friday the 13th of July with guest speakers, Greg O’Conner, Don Hammond from GAC, Bill O’Leary’s Opening Address and Eugenie Sage. Eugenie used some uncorroborated evidence to highlight the reason to cull Tahr and also mentioned that deer numbers were also excessive in some areas. Eugenie also highlighted how generous she has been with funding for GAC and stated this may not be forthcoming in the future. (The minister has not responded to my request for a copy of her speech) Bill O’Leary started the conference on Saturday with his Annual Report. This was followed by other reports before the Notice of Motions and Remits were discussed. There was some robust discussion on some of these before the individual votes were taken, some were passed others failed and some were withdrawn. While this was taking place the AHT judges were scoring all the heads submitted by members. The trophies were presented to the winners during the evening, between the guest speakers Davey Hughes (from Swazi), Steve from Steve’s Wholesale, David Eaton and also the dinner. Judging from the roars of laughter the speakers were well received and entertaining. Steve’s Wholesale also had a product display with current items stocked including Hornady reloading equipment, reloading components, ammunition, ADI powders along with some other items like Skull Hookers for displaying trophies. Sunday brought the last of the remits to discuss and the election of the National Patron and National Executive Officers. The new National Patron, following Ian Wright standing down, is Mark Dunajtschik. Due to the voting decision made by branch delegates at conference James...

ZIP project – Zero Invasive Predators

In January we reported that Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP), in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and Predator Free 2050 Limited, had started a new research programme in a 12,000 hectare area within the Perth Valley (South Westland). The programme aims to develop an approach to completely remove possums from large areas and to prevent them from re-establishing. Possums are the initial focus of the research, but the programme will also seek to develop the approach for ship rats and stoats. READ MORE ...

Press Release from Bill O Leary

For immediate release 14 March 2018 Hunters should stick to the basics and “be safe” Safe use of hunting firearms is pretty basic, says NZDA President Bill O’Leary.The approaching “roar” and the opening of the game bird season will encourage thousands of hunters into the hills and swamps of New Zealand and national hunting associations and key government departments think it is timely to remind hunters to “be safe”. In the past decade the number of firearm license applicants has more than doubled and this has increased hunter numbers. Bill O’Leary, President of New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association is reminding hunters to follow some basic rules:• Get a firearms licence• Get permission to access and hunt on land• Communicate your presence to other hunters • Understand and observe the basic rules of firearm safety.Mr O’Leary said that the media and the public tend to focus on the “failure to identify” incidents but he emphasises that most incidents are the result of failure to observe basic rules such as always pointing the firearm in a safe direction. Analysis of incidents has identified potential causal factors. Unlicensed shooters and illegal hunting are “red flags” and along with spotlighting have featured too frequently in shooting incidents, Mr O’Leary said. “Experienced shooters are not exempt from making mistakes. Bad habits, complacency and deteriorated eyesight have been linked to past incidents. Tiredness and dehydration increase the likelihood of making that fatal mistake. “Each and every hunter needs to look hard at their own and their mates’ attitudes and conduct and ensure that safety is the most basic of considerations when hunting”. Last year was a good...