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FISH & GAME IS LOOKING FOR ANGLERS
and hunters prepared to do the hard yards
working to improve the country’s freshwater
fishing and game bird hunting.
Elections are now underway to select coun-
cillors for each of the 12 Fish & Game Regions
throughout the country, with all holders of full
season fishing and game bird licences entitled
to register to vote. The electoral roll closes
Wednesday, September 9. If you didn’t tick the
box to register as an elector when you bought
your licence, contact Fish & Game and ask to be
put on the electoral roll.
Fish & Game regional council elections are
held every three years and are a great exam-
ple of the “user pays, user says” concept which
AN EXPANDED RANGE OF NEW
fishing licences is being made available
to anglers for the 2015-16 season.
The new categories were developed from
Fish & Game research, which asked anglers
what they wanted and what improvements
could be made to the existing categories to
offer greater choice.
The result of that research is four new cat-
egories designed to provide more flexibility
and choice for anglers wanting to fish the
whole season, or just a few days.
A local area licence is being
introduced for people wanting
to fish just one Fish & Game
Region, rather than the whole
country, while the new loyal
senior licence rewards anglers
over the age of 65, who have
bought a fishing licence for at
least the last five years.
Two new shorter duration
categories are also being made
available for either three or
nine days. These will allow peo-
ple to fish either a long holiday
weekend, or a whole week, in-
cluding the weekends at either
The existing adult wholesea-
son, non-resident, junior, and
family licences will continue to
As with all Fish & Game fish-
ing licences, the whole range
will be available throughout
New Zealand, except for the
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT OF
becoming a Fish & Game honourary
While they may not always show it, hunters
and anglers rely heavily on the effort rangers
put in to make sure everyone has a licence
and is complying with the rules.
This year, new warrants will be issued
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for existing rangers and any new recruits
joining the ranks.
The new ranger warrants will be valid
from October 1 and last for three years.
Rangers are unpaid and are a good
example of anglers and hunters taking
responsibility for managing and protecting
the trout, salmon, and game birds they
value so highly.
If you are interested in joining the ranks
of Fish & Game’s rangers, then contact
your local Fish & Game office.
And if you aren’t going to become a
ranger, ensure you make their job easier by
always having your licence with you when
you are fishing.
Taupo fishery, which is administered by
the Department of Conservation.For more
on the new licences, read the more de-
tailed story elsewhere in this magazine, or
visit the Fish & Game website www.fishand-
gives licenceholders the opportunity to select
the people from their own ranks who they be-
lieve will best represent them managing trout,
salmon and game birds.
This October’s election is an important event
and licenceholders should give it the serious at-
tention it deserves because having a dynamic
and active council in each Fish & Game Region
is important to the long term future of the out-
door activities we all cherish.
Election Day is October 9, but licencehold-
ers can cast their votes before then by mail or
If you haven’t got a voting pack, contact
your local Fish & Game office and make sure
DIGITAL AND SOCIAL MEDIA
If you need any advice, news or ideas
about fishing, or indeed game bird
hunting, make use of Fish & Game’s
The site is full of valuable information,
with details on fishing in New Zealand,
regular updates on the fishing season,
and informative “how to” videos to
improve your success rate.
Don’t forget to sign up for the regular
email updates on how the fishing is
going in your region.
Social media savvy anglers should
also check out Fish & Game’s Twitter
and Facebook accounts.
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