Game Bird Hunting Guide - NORTH ISLAND
Game Bird Hunting Guide Regulations and Hunting Areas 2015 NORTH ISLAND ESSENTIAL ADDITION WITH EVERY HUNTING LICENCE www.fishandgame.org.nz
2 For more information contact your veterinarian, phone Ovis Management on 0800 222 011 or go to www.sheepmeasles.co.nz Sheep measle eggs can spread in the wind for up to 10km and affect many farms so make sure you dose for sheep measles at least 48 hours before taking your dog onto sheep pasture
3 Fish & Game NEW ZEALAND DUCK SPECIES PARADISE SHELDUCK SHOVELER PROTECTED SPECIES (NAMED IN RED) The species are absolutely protected at all times.
BROWN TEAL GAME SPECIES (NAMED IN BLACK) These species may be hunted, but only in such regions and during such open seasons as notified in the New Zealand Gazette each year by the Minister of Con servation. NOTE: Important recognition features are the large areas of white under the wings of the game ducks and the smaller overall size of the protected ducks.
5 Cover photo: David Towgood CONTENTS New Zealand duck species ID ___ 3
Game bird hunting Code of Practice ___ 6
Hunting licence valid nationwide ___ 7
Shotguns and use of non-toxic shot ___ 8
Stop the spread of aquatic pests ___ 8
Wildlife Act 1953 ___ 8
FIRST SCHEDULE ___ 11
SECOND SCHEDULE FOR EACH REGION PLUS LOCAL HUNTING INFORMATION 1 Northland ___ 16
Hunting Opportunities in Northland ___ 18
2 Auckland/Waikato ___ 21
Hunting in Auckland/Waikato ___ 27
3 Eastern ___ 30
Hunting in the Eastern Region ___ 34
4 Hawke’s Bay ___ 36
Hunting in Hawke’s Bay ___ 39
5 Taranaki ___ 42
Hunting in Taranaki ___ 44
6 Wellington ___ 47
Hunting in Wellington ___ 50
Game Bird Habitat Stamp ___ 51
The regulations printed in this guide booklet are subject to the Minister of Conservation’s approval.
A copy of the published game notice in the New Zealand Gazette is available on www.fishandgame.org.nz along with further information on game bird hunting. Fish & Game
- 6 CODE OF CONDUCT PLEASE CONSIDER THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS AND OBSERVE THE HUNTERS’ CODE OF CONDUCT ACCESS
- If no Fish and Game access sign is present, always ask permission from the land occupier before crossing private property (also check if it’s OK to take your dog across their land).
- Don’t interfere with livestock, crops, machinery or other property.
- Keep your dog under firm control or on a lead when on private property.
- Always use gates, stiles or other recognised access points and avoid damage to fences.
- Leave everything as you found it. If a gate is open or closed leave it that way.
- Don’t park vehicles so they can obstruct gateways or cause a hazard on the road or access way.
- When driving on riverbeds keep to marked tracks or park on the bank and walk to your hunting spot.
- Always respect the environment, wildlife, other hunters and members of the public. FIREARM SAFETY Practise the seven Police-approved principles of firearm safety (see NZ Police Arms Code): i Treat every firearm as loaded ii Always point firearms in a safe direction iii Load a firearm only when ready to fire iv Identify your target beyond all doubt v Check your firing zone vi Store firearms and ammunition safely vii Avoid alcohol or drugs when handling firearms Regulations
- 7 Regulations HUNTING
- Carry a current game bird hunting licence and comply with the relevant bag limits and conditions of hunting.
- Wear a high visibility hat and outer garment whenever possible when hunting upland game.
- Be a competent shooter, estimate ranges, and be aware of you and your shotgun’s limitations.
- Select appropriate shot size for the target.
- Be able to distinguish what may be lawfully hunted from protected species.
- If a game bird is wounded, take all reasonable steps to locate it and kill it quickly and humanely.
- Use a trained gundog, or other means to ensure the prompt retrieval of game, and help another hunter to retrieve their game.
- Remove empty cartridge cases and all litter from the hunting area.
- Remember that all hunters will be judged by your actions.
- Always hunt in a sporting manner and ensure your conduct is always above reproach. Encourage the same attitude in your hunting companions.
- Above all, be safe and be sensible. TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WOULD WISH TO BE TREATED YOURSELF! HUNTING LICENCE VALID NATIONWIDE All game bird hunting licences can be used in all Fish and Game regions. Day licences are valid only on or after the second Monday of the new season.
It is important to note that if you are hunting in other regions you need to read up on the local regulations in this booklet. Fish and Game sports fish and game licences are issued online, are processed electronically and comply with the Electronic Transactions Act 2002. Licences are issued centrally by a person authorised to issue licences on behalf of each Fish and Game Council.
- 8 Regulations GAME BIRD HABITAT STAMP A game bird habitat stamp must be affixed1 to every licence to hunt or kill game. The purpose of the Habitat Stamp Programme is to raise funds for habitat enhancement. Two dollars ($2)2 of the game licence fee is assigned to the stamp as income for the programme. See towards the back of this booklet for other programme products. SHOTGUNS AND USE OF NON-TOXIC SHOT Game bird hunting can only be undertaken with a shotgun of a 10 gauge calibre or less. Mandatory use of non-toxic shot applies to waterfowl hunting only (see 1st Schedule, condition 5 below). Non-toxic shot is not mandatory for upland game (pheasant and quail) hunting or for all game bird hunting using sub-gauges (smaller than 12 gauge) or black powder muzzle-loading shotguns. For more information refer to www.fishandgame.org.nz STOP THE SPREAD OF AQUATIC PESTS Protect our waters: CHECK, CLEAN, DRY. Check dogs, boots, decoys and boats before you leave the area. WILDLIFE ACT 1953 The hunting of game is governed by the provisions of the Wildlife Act 1953. The Minister of Conservation declares an open season for game annually in the New Zealand Gazette (see below). Some important provisions of the Wildlife Act are covered here. The Act and its companion Wildlife Regulations 1955 can be viewed in full online: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/ WILDLIFE DECLARED TO BE GAME3 Hunters are reminded that only the following lists of species are game birds that they are permitted to hunt and kill. WATERFOWL
- Black swan (Cygnus atratus) (except on Chatham Islands).
- Duck— - Grey duck (Anas superciliosa) and any cross of that species with any other species, variety, or kind of duck (except on Chatham Islands).
Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) and any cross of that 1 Section 19A(1) of the Wildlife Act 1953 2 Section 72(3A)(e) of the Wildlife Act 1953 3 Schedule 1 Wildlife Act 1953
- 9 Regulations species with any other species, variety, or kind of duck (except on Chatham Islands). - Paradise duck (Tadorna variegata). - Spoonbill duck (New Zealand shoveler) (Anas rhynchotis).
- Pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) (except on Chatham Islands). UPLAND GAME
- Chukar (Alectoris graeca chukar).
- Red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa rufa).
- Pheasant (any bird not being a domestic bird, of the genus Phasianus and any cross of any such bird with any other species, variety, or kind of pheasant).
- Quail— - Australian or brown quail (Synoicus). - Californian quail (Lophortyx californica). - Virginian or bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus). RESTRICTIONS ON THE TAKING OF GAME (S18, WILDLIFE ACT 1953) No person shall use more than one shotgun or any live decoy. LICENCE TO HUNT OR KILL GAME (S19, WILDLIFE ACT 1953) It is an offence to hunt or kill game unless the person holds a current game licence, except in some circumstances where that person is a resident occupier as defined in the Wildlife Act. The maximum penalty is $5,000.
OCCUPIER OF ANY LAND (S19(3), WILDLIFE ACT 1953) “...the occupier of any land, and the spouse and any one son or daughter of the occupier, may, during an open season, hunt or kill on that land without a licence (but subject to all other restrictions imposed by game regulations.” The occupier is normally the owner but this privilege can be transferred to farm manager or sharemilkers by a written statement indicating such to Fish and Game. Note that the Act allows for hunting by three people; the occupier, his/her wife/husband and one son or daughter on that land - but no other land.
10 Regulations SHOOTING OF GAME NOT IN FLIGHT PROHIBITED (S22, WILDLIFE ACT 1953) It is an offence for a person to shoot or attempt to shoot at any game bird not in flight except where a game bird is already wounded by shooting) The maximum penalty is $5,000.
ASSAULTING OR OBSTRUCTING RANGERS (S40, WILDLIFE ACT 1953) It is an offence to assault or obstruct a ranger. The maximum penalty is $10,000. TAKING PROTECTED WILDLIFE (S63, WILDLIFE ACT 1953) It is an offence to hunt or kill protected wildlife. The maximum penalties for hunting or killing absolutely protected wildlife is up to two years imprisonment or $100,000 and $5,000 (plus up to $100 for each head or egg of game) for Schedule 1 game birds. The maximum penalty for hunting or killing grey teal or white swan is $5,000.
GAME HUNTING EXCLUSION AREAS Closed game areas Closed game areas means a part of a region that is for the time being excluded from the operation of an open season in the region, but does not include a wildlife sanctuary or a wildlife refuge or any area in which the shooting or hunting or killing of animals is prohibited under or pursuant to paragraph (j) of subsection (2) of this [Wildlife] Act or any other Act. There is no open season for game birds on property in a closed game area. It remains legal to have a dog or a gun on such land, but not to use them to hunt game birds (which also applies to the landowner).
(s2. Wildlife Act 1953).
Each closed game area is administered by a Fish and Game Council. Wildlife Refuges. It is illegal to have or take a dog or a gun onto Wildlife Refuge land, unless specifically exempt in writing to do so, or to harm or disturb any wildlife including game birds on that land (s14(3) Wildlife Act 1953). Wildlife Refuges are administered by the Department of Conservation.
11 Regulations The remainder of this hunting guide is made up of regional details and hunting conditions contained in the Gazetted Game Notice. These conditions are set out in the: FIRST SCHEDULE: Hunting conditions generally common to all Fish and Game regions.
SECOND SCHEDULE: Regionally specific hunting conditions, including bag limits, closed and open game areas, shooting hours and the like. FIRST SCHEDULE Hunting conditions generally common to all Fish and Game regions. 1 Bag limits (1) No person shall possess on any one day, more than the number of game birds specified as the daily bag limit for the Fish and Game Region in which the game is taken, except on Sunday, 3 May 2015, when that person may have in his or her possession twice the number of game birds specified as the daily bag limit for Saturday, 2 May 2015.
(2) A person may possess more game than specified in subclause (1) of this Schedule, if all such game is labelled with the following details: (a) The name and address of the person by whom the game was taken; (b) The number of the licence to hunt or kill game held by the person by whom the game was taken; (c) The name of the Fish and Game Region by which that licence was issued; (d) The name of the Fish and Game Region in which the game was taken; and (e) The date on which the game was taken. 2 Waiver of Restrictions on Baiting for Waterfowl A person4 may hunt or kill game of the family Anatidae 4 Section 17 of the Wildlife Act 1953
12 Regulations (waterfowl) during the open season for game in all Fish and Game Regions, except Auckland/Waikato, where food has been cast, thrown, placed or planted any time during the year. In the Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region, Special Condition 4.9 in the Second Schedule applies instead to restrictions on baiting. 3 Magazine Shotguns A person may hunt or kill game birds, as specified, in any Fish and Game Regions with any magazine shotgun of a calibre 10 gauge or less, which includes magazine extensions5 , other than in: (a) Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Region; (b) Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Region; (c) Wellington Fish and Game Region; For these three Regions special conditions in the Second Schedule apply 4 Shot Size No person shall use, in any shotgun used for the purposes of hunting and killing game, any cartridge containing any shot size having a larger retained, per-pellet energy at 90 metres than lead BB.5 Use of Lead Shot Prohibited (1) No person may possess lead shot, or use lead shot, while hunting or killing waterfowl within 200 metres of open water, with any gun using a 10 or 12 gauge cartridge. Non toxic alternative shot may be used, including steel. (2) For the purposes of this requirement, “waterfowl” means any of the following game species:
- Black swan (Cygnus atratus)
- Grey duck (Anas superciliosa) and any cross of that species with any other species, variety, or kind of duck
- Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) and any cross of that species with any other species, variety, or kind of duck
- Paradise shelduck (Tadorna variegata) also known as Paradise duck.
Spoonbill duck (New Zealand shoveler) (Anas 5 Amended notification to section 18(1)(c) (iii) and (v) of the Wildlife Act 1953 as authorised by the Minister of Conservation under section 18(1) of that Act
- 13 Regulations rhynchotis)
- Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus) (3) For the purposes of this requirement, “open water” means either: (a) any area of land or seabed covered permanently or seasonally by water wider than 3 metres; or (b) any area which is temporarily covered by water wider than 3 metres at the time of such possession or use, and that is contiguous to an area referred to in paragraph. 6 Guns of a Calibre LessThan 12 Gauge and Muzzle Loaders Exempt in Relation to Use of Lead Shot Hunters may use lead shot in guns of a calibre less than 12 gauge or muzzle loaders for the 2015 season. No exemptions for any breach loading 12 gauge (or greater) firearm is to be provided for waterfowl hunting.
- 7 Camouflaged Rowboats A person6 may hunt or kill game within the following Fish and Game Regions, from unmoored camouflaged rowboats, subject to the excluded periods for the regions specified below:
- Northland – no excluded period
- Auckland/Waikato – excluding 2 and 3 May 2015
- Eastern – excluding 2 and 3 May 2015
- Hawke’s Bay – excluding 2 and 3 May 2015
- Taranaki – no excluded period
- Wellington – excluding 2 and 3 May 2015
- Nelson/Marlborough – no excluded period
- West Coast – no excluded period
- North Canterbury – excluding 2 and 3 May 2015
- Central South Island – excluding 2 and 3 May 2015
- Otago – excluding Clutha River 2 to 10 May 2015 inclusive
- Southland – no excluded period 8 Restriction on Taking of Game No person shall use any vehicle propelled by mechanical power (including motorised watercraft)7 to chase or kill game, except 6 Section 18(1)(f)(vi) of the Wildlife Act 1953 7 Section 18(1)(f)(v) of the Wildlife Act 1953
14 Regulations in such circumstances and at such times as authorised by the Conservation Act 1987 and Wildlife Act 1953. 9 Pegging Day (1) A person, following purchase of a 2015 Whole Season game bird hunting licence, can reclaim the stand claimed during the 2014 Game Season at any time prior to 10.00am on 5 April 2015 in all Fish and Game Regions. (2) Otherwise, unclaimed stands can only be claimed any time after 10.00am on 5 April 2015 in all Fish and Game Regions. (3) A stand may be claimed by planting on it a stake having either a board or identifying label attached, plainly identifying the name of the claimant and the number of his/her licence.
The hunting stand claim tag provided with the licence must be completed with the name of the claimant and affixed to the board or identifying label.
(4) The licence holder claiming a stand must be present in person at the stand when marking it up. (5) In the Auckland Waikato Region, only holders of 2015 Whole Season Adult Game Bird Licences can claim hunting stands. (6) No one can claim more than one stand. (7) A stand cannot be claimed closer than 90 metres to a stand already claimed by another person without that person’s consent. (8) Any stand not occupied by the claimant within one hour after the opening hour of hunting, on any day, can be occupied by another licence holder for the remainder of the day.
10 Conditions These conditions will expire at the end of the open season for game specified under the Second Schedule for each Fish and Game Region.
15 SECOND SCHEDULE REGIONALLY SPECIFIC HUNTING CONDITIONS, BAG LIMITS, CLOSED AND OPEN GAME AREAS, AND THE LIKE. Photo: Ian Hadland, Pukeko hunt Regulations
Fish & Game Regions Fish & Game Regions NORTHLAND FISH & GAME REGION 8 Office: Unit A5, 7-11 Nell Place, Raumanga, Whangarei 0110 Postal Address: PO Box 25003, Whangarei Mail Centre, Whangarei 0148 Phone: (09) 438-4135 Email: email@example.com Manager: Rudi Hoetjes (021 856 228) Office Admin: Fay Stodart Field Officer: Nathan Burkepile (021 222 7920) 8 Reference to Description: Gazette, No.
83, of 22 May 1990, at page 1861 Northland 16
Fish & Game Regions Northland 1 Game That May Be Hunted or Killed—Duration of the 2015/2016 Season Species Season Duration (dates inclusive) Daily Bag Limit Hunting Area Grey/mallard duck and any hybrid of that species 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 12 All areas NZ shoveler duck 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 3 All areas Paradise shelduck 2 May to 2 Aug 2015 25 All areas 27 Feb and 28 Feb 2016 20 All areas Black swan 2 May to 2 Aug 2015 15 All areas 27 Feb 2016 to 6 Mar 2016 15 All areas Pukeko 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 12 All areas 27 Feb 2016 to 6 Mar 2016 12 All areas California and brown quail 2 May to 2 Aug 2015 10 Area A 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 Rest of region Cock pheasant 2 May to 2 Aug 2015 3 Area A 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 5 Rest of region 2 Definition of Area A All lands north of a line running east/west, north of the Whangape Harbour, then along the main ridgeline of the Maungataniwha Range and out to and including all lands north of Whangaroa Harbour.
3 Shooting Hours 3.1 6.30am to 6.30pm, except the hunting of: (a) Paradise shelduck and black swan on 27 February and 28 February 2016 will be from 6.00am to 8.00pm. (b) Pukeko from 27 February to 6 March 2016 inclusive will be from 6.00am to 8.00pm. 4 Decoy Limit No limit. 17
Fish & Game Regions Northland 5 Special Conditions 5.1 No person shall wilfully leave on the hunting ground any game bird(s) shot or parts of any game bird(s) shot. 5.2 Camouflaged Rowboats: Persons may hunt or kill game from an unmoored camouflaged rowboat. 5.3 During the 27 February and 28 February 2016 special paradise shelduck and black swan open season, no person shall hunt within 300 metres of any urban sewage oxidation ponds.
5.4 During the 27 February to 6 March 2016 special pukeko season, no person shall hunt within 300 metres of any urban sewage oxidation ponds.
HUNTING OPPORTUNITIES IN NORTHLAND The Northland Fish and Game Region extends north from a line midway to a point between the North Head and South Head of the Kaipara Harbour, then runs due east to a point just North of Wellsford and then a line running northeast to Te Arai Point. The area offers a diverse range of hunting opportunities and encompasses nine different game bird species. To hunt on any private lands, hunters must approach the landowners directly. Hunters who intend to hunt on Conservation-managed lands need to contact either the Northland Fish and Game Council office or the Department of Conservation offices in Kaitaia to obtain a permit.
If you are seeking a permit to hunt on Landcorp Farm properties or Forestry lands, then you must obtain a permit through the offices of Northland Fish and Game. The permit is a legal requirement which enables the hunter to carry a firearm and use a dog on those properties. Applications can be made either by logging onto the Fish & Game Website: http://northland.fishandgame.org.nz/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or writing a letter addressed to this office. PERMITS Hunters applying for permits are required to provide details and payment for permits issued. The costs associated with issuing permits needs to be recovered because the Council is issuing permits on behalf of other agencies.
A permit is required per licence holder and is not issued for a party or any group of hunters. Permits are issued for the full length of the open game 18
Fish & Game Regions Northland season (May to August) All permits issued to the Aupouri Forest incur a fee of $20.00 and $14.00 of this fee will be used as a contribution towards predator control operations within this area. Permits issued for the Flaxmill Wetlands incur a fee of $45.00, with $39.00 of this fee will be used towards predator control operations within this wetland. Permits issued for the Jack Bisset Wetland incur a fee of $25.00, with $19.00 of this fee will be used towards predator control operations within this wetland.Hunters requiring a permit must provide the following details:
- Name, address and phone numbers
- Date of birth
- Game bird licence number
- Firearms licence number
- Vehicle registration
- Dog Registration number. Hunters requiring a permit to take any dog into a hunting area must on application provide the following details of the dog including the name of dog or dogs, the breed/s and the tag registration number/s. All permits issued to licence holders will be accompanied with a full colour topographical map detailing the areas open to hunting. The permit fees associated with hunting in the privately owned pine Forestry Blocks i.e. Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd, Northland Forest Managers (Ltd), and Matariki Forest are to cover all processing fees, colour maps, as well as Public Liability Insurance while hunting in any of their forests. Administrator Place name Location Permit fee NFGC Jack Bisset Wetland Whangarei $25.00 Flaxmill Wetlands Dargaville $45.00 Kawakawa Wetlands Kawakawa $6.00 Borrow Cut Wetland Hikurangi $6.00 Land Corp Farms Te Raite Houhora $6.00 Rangiputa Cape Karikari $6.00 Takakuri Kaeo $6.00 Te Paki Farm Te Paki Farm Cape Reinga $6.00 A fee of $6.00 for a permit issued to hunt on Department of Conservation administered lands is required no matter how many locations as stated below are requested at any one time. 19
Fish & Game Regions Northland Administrator Place name Location Department of Conservation Wairua River Wildlife Management Reserve Hikurangi Waitangi Wetlands Kerikeri Tokerau Beach Cape Lake Karikari Ohia Cape Karikari Puwheke Rec. Reserve Cape Karikari Rotokawau Lakes Cape Karikari Sweetwater Lakes Kaitaia Kaimaumau/East Beach Houhora Lake Taore Kaitaia Onepu Block Kaitaia Te Arai Reserve Kaitaia Te Ramanuka Kaitaia Paxton Point Te Kao Ahipara Reserve Kaitaia Epikauri Herekino Te Paki Reserve Cape Reinga Exotic Pine Forests Administrator Place name Location Permit fee Summit Forest Management of New Zealand Ltd (weekends only) Aupouri Forest Kaitaia/Houhora $20.00 Northland Forest Managers (Ltd) (weekends only) Various throughout Northland.
All Dogs must be Kiwi Aversion trained and the owner of the dog must be able to present a current Kiwi Aversion Certificate to gain access into any of the forests managed by Northland Forest Managers (Ltd). $40.00 Matariki Forests (weekends only) Glenbervie Forest Puhipuhi Forest Topuni Forest Whangarei Whangarei Kaiwaka $6.00 $6.00 $30.00 Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd (weekends only) Various throughout Northland. All Dogs must be Kiwi Aversion trained and the owner of the dog must be able to present a current Kiwi Aversion Certificate to gain access into any of the forests managed by Hancock Forest Management (NZ) Ltd.
40.00 Please Note that a Kiwi Aversion certificate is obtained through the Department of Conservation office in Whangarei. 20
Fish & Game Regions 9 Reference to Description: Gazette, No. 83 of 22 May 1990, as amended by Gazette, No. 129, of 29 August 1991, at page 2787 AUCKLAND/WAIKATO FISH & GAME REGION 9 Office & Postal: 156 Brymer Road, RD9, Hamilton 3289 Phone: (07) 849-1666 Fax: (07) 849-1648 Email: email@example.com Chief Executive: Ben Wilson Office Manager: Robyn Lingard Wildlife Managers: John Dyer, David Klee Fisheries Manager: Adam Daniel Indicative only: please contact the regional office for a detailed map of Northern/Southern boundaries.
Fish & Game Regions 1 Game That May be Hunted or Killed—Duration of 2015/2016 Season Species Season Duration (dates inclusive) Daily Bag Limit Hunting Area Grey, mallard and shoveler duck: A maximum total bag not exceeding 10 birds for all species combined and no more than the individual bag limit for each species. Grey/mallard duck and any hybrid of those species 2 May to 1 Jun 2015 10 All areas, except that no duck may be hunted on Great Barrier Island NZ shoveler duck 2 May to 1 Jun 2015 2 All areas, except that no duck may be hunted on Great Barrier Island Paradise shelduck 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 10 The region south of Auckland Harbour Bridge 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 20 The region north of Auckland Harbour Bridge Pukeko 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 All areas Black swan 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 20 The region west of State Highway 1 and north of State Highway 22 (Glenbrook Road), Constable and Karioitahi Roads 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 5 In the Otorohanga, Waitomo and Ruapehu District Council areas within the A/ WF&GC region including the Aotea Harbour.
2 May to 28 Jun 2015 1 All other areas (except that no Black swan may be hunted or killed on the Waikato Hydro Lakes: Karapiro, Arapuni and Waipapa) Auckland/Waikato 22
Fish & Game Regions Auckland/Waikato Bobwhite (Virginian) quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 All areas California quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 All areas Cock pheasant 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 3 All areas 1 Sep to 28 Sep 2015 No limit Tui Ridge upland game property with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this region (junior hunters only) Pheasant, both sexes 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region Red legged partridge 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 All Areas 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 2 Apr to 6 May 2016 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region 2 Shooting Hours 6.30am to 6.30pm.
3 Decoy Limit No limit, except on Lake Waikare – a total decoy limit of 50 decoys per stand and no decoys to be placed within 50 metres of those placed by another hunter.
4 Special Conditions 4.1 From 2 May to 1 June 2015 inclusive, no person may use or cause to be used for the hunting or killing of game on Lake Waikare, any drifting or temporarily moored floating stand or any stand, hide or maimai which is permanently fixed to the lake bed except within 180 metres of the outer margin of the lake or the shoreline of Motu Nuia Island (Grape Island). 4.2 No person may use or cause to be used for the hunting or killing of game on Lake Ngaroto any fixed stand, 23
Fish & Game Regions pontoon, hide or maimai except within 85 metres of the margin of the lake.
4.3 No person may use or cause to be used for the hunting or killing of game on Lake Rotokauri any fixed stand, pontoon, hide or maimai on any open water of the lake. 4.4 No person may wilfully leave on the hunting ground any game bird(s) shot or parts of any game birds shot. 4.5 No person may herd or drive waterfowl for the purpose of hunting or killing them. 4.6 No person may shoot game from any unmoored boat on the Waikato River north of the boat ramp at the confluence of the Mangawara Stream and the Waikato River at Taupiri on any of the first three days or the second weekend of the open season.
4.7 No person may possess a firearm in or on any unmoored vessel, except a rowboat, unless the firearm is dismantled or secured in a case, gunslip or other secure compartment, except when in use to retrieve wounded game. 4.7 On public land, the last tagged owner must remove any maimai not tagged up for 2 years from the date of the last mark-up. 4.9 No person may hunt or kill game1 of the family Anatidae (waterfowl) in all the area contained within a distance of 100 metres from the margins of any waters together with the area covered by those waters where food has been cast, thrown, placed or planted any time during the period 2 April to 28 June 2015 inclusive.
4.10 No person may hunt or kill game birds, as specified, within the Auckland/Waikato region with any magazine shotgun of a calibre 10 gauge or less unless the shotgun: (a) has a magazine of any type adjusted with a one piece filler which is incapable of removal without disassembling the gun; or (b) the magazine is pinned in accordance with Regulations made under this Act; so that the magazine shotgun is incapable of holding more than 2 shells in the magazine, with no more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined, at any one time.
1 Section 7 of the Wildlife Act 1953 Auckland/Waikato 24
Fish & Game Regions Auckland/Waikato 4.11 Any licenced game bird hunter who has a Department of Conservation permit to take or kill wildlife for the purpose of hawking may hunt with an Australasian Harrier (Circus approximans) to take pukeko. This is subject to the season length and bag limit for pukeko in clause 1 of this notice for this region and subject to any conditions imposed by the Director-General of Conservation under such a permit. 5 Closed Game Areas 5.1 All that area of the Waikato River below Mean High Water Spring Tide from the Tasman Sea inland to an imaginary line commencing from a marker at the exit of the Fisherman’s Road drain on the north-western side of the river in Block VII Maioro Survey District, bearing 126 degrees true to a marker on the southeastern side of the river.
5.2 All DP 23519, being part Maungatapu Block, Blocks II and VI Maungakawa Survey District, being 15 hectares, the property of A. C. Allen, “Riverdale”, Piako, Morrinsville. 5.3 The township of Te Aroha. 5.4 All that area lying to the east of the Southern Motorway and known as Pahurehure Inlet. 5.5 129 hectares, being part of the Manukau Harbour known as Waimahia Creek. 5.6 Lots 1–6 DPS 81922, subdivision of part Lot 7 DP 9441 and part Section 19 Block II Whitianga Survey District, 53.3353 hectares. Property of Andrew Hill. 5.7 Weavers Lake at Huntly.
6 Upland Game Properties with Special Conditions 6.1 This clause applies to the following properties only: (a) Tui Ridge: The property is located at 131A Hall Road, RD 2, Te Kauwhata, being some 259 hectares comprising Lots 1–5 DPS 83930, Part Lots 3 and 4 DPS 85071 and Lot 2 DP 397361 Block Maramarua Survey District owned by G.
C. Holmes and leased by D. & C. Brown, and Lot 10 DPS 85071, Lot 4 DPS 386081 and Lot 1 DPS 86132 Block XIV Maramarua Survey District owned by D. & C. Brown, and Lots Part Allotment 310 Whangamarino Parish SO 590, 25
Fish & Game Regions Part Allotments 329 and 372 Whangamarino Parish DP 16254, Allotment 465 Whangamarino Parish SO 6253, and Lot 1 DPS 12119 owned by Joint Venture 2009 Limited. (b) Leigh Barton property at 314 Aspin Road, Cambridge. The property is owned by J. & C. Erkkila Family Trust, located north-east of Cambridge. The boundaries are Aspin Road to the north, and private farm land to the east and west with Mangakawa Reserve to the south. The property is 211 hectares, more or less, and contained in Certificate of Title SA674/278. (c) Glen Burn Farm at 381 Valley Road, RD7 Otorohanga, being some 73 hectares comprising Lot 2 DP 416788, owned by Robert Johnston.
6.2 Where hunting takes place in any specified property defined in this notice, no person shall have in that person’s possession outside that specified property, any game taken from that specified property, unless affixed to the game is a label with the name of the specified property where that game was taken or killed written legibly on it, and the additional words on the label “for personal consumption, not for sale or profit” written legibly on it.
6.3 Birds released on any specified property shall not have their wings clipped after 8 weeks of age. 6.4 Birds released on any specified property shall not have their beaks clipped at any time. 6.5 Pheasants released shall not be hunted before 18 weeks of age and red legged partridges shall not be hunted before 16 weeks of age. 6.6 Waterfowl shall not be hunted on specified property on the same day that a pheasant or red legged partridge hunt takes place on that property. 6.7 The unlimited daily bag for any specified property shall only apply when at least 400 pheasants and/or red legged partridges have been released on to that specified property within 5 months of the opening day of the season; otherwise the daily bag limit shall be 3 birds.
6.8 The property owner or leasee shall keep a register of the names and addresses of hunters and all other persons who take game from that property, the number and Auckland/Waikato 26
Fish & Game Regions Auckland/Waikato type of birds taken by that person, and the description of that person’s role in the hunt and kill of game birds on that day. HUNTING IN AUCKLAND/WAIKATO Hunting today suffers many threats; wetland drainage, habitat degradation, pollution, the animal rights lobby, ecofundamentalists, paranoia over firearms and worst off all, indifference.
There are groups who safeguard and share your interests. To join a group concerned with game bird hunting and the outdoors, please contact your local user group.
- Eden/Papakura/Clevedon/Miranda: Bill Gordon, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Franklin: William Howard, email@example.com
- Hamilton: Michelle Houghton: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Helensville: Keith Hargraves, email@example.com
- Huntly: Wayne Rendall, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kumeu: Mike Sheppard, email@example.com
- Mercury Bay: Bruce McWilliams, 078664436
- Morrinsville: Rachel Toner, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ohinemuri: Josh Firth, 445 email@example.com
- Otorohanga: Maureen Owens, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Putaruru: Martin Bennett, email@example.com
- Te Aroha: Irene Needham, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Te Awamutu: David Nordell 021 502390
- Te Kauwhata: Robert Bodley email@example.com
- Upper Piako Management Assoc.: Mike O’Donnell, mike. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Waitemata: Jeff Royle email@example.com RECENT CHANGES TO THE REGULATIONS
- Australian Harriers may be used to hunt Pukeko during the gamebird season.
- Partridge may be hunted from 2 May to 23 August 2015 in all areas.
- Season duration for dabbling ducks is four weeks from 2 May to 1 June with a daily bag limit of 10. 27
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- Daily bag limit for shoveler duck set at two for the duration of the dabbling duck season.
- The total shotgun capacity is set at a maximum of three shells. All shotguns capable of holding more than three shells must be plugged with a one piece filler which is incapable of removal without disassembling the gun. The gun does not need to also be cross-pinned.
- Pond feeding is banned from 2 April to 28 June 2015
- On Auckland/Waikato Council wetlands, except Aka Aka & Waikare, firearms and dogs will be disallowed following the finish of the dabbling duck season – 2 May to 1 June 2015. HUNTING ON FISH & GAME AND CROWN LAND A General Authority (free to all licence holders) is required to hunt on Fish & Game Land – some 1700ha being owned by the Auckland/Waikato Region purchased from hunters’ and angler’s funds. The Authority can be obtained by sending a stamped, selfaddressed envelope to Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game, 156 Brymer Rd, RD 9, Hamilton 3289.
To hunt on Crown land managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) you require a similar permit (also free) from DOC. FORESTRY PERMITS Rayonier Forests: Tairua (Whangamata); Maramarua (Te Kauwhata); Waihou (Te Aroha); and Mahurangi (Warkworth). Permits for Rayonier Forest blocks can be obtained from our office. The cost of the permit for the season is $50 and covers all four forests. This fee is to cover all processing fees, colour maps, as well as a Public Liability Insurance while hunting in any of their forests.Hunters requiring a permit must provide the following details & send into our office with payment (chq/cc) to the above address:
- Name, address and phone numbers
- Date of Birth
- Game bird licence number
- Firearms Licence number
- Vehicle registration
- Dog Registration number. Auckland/Waikato 28
- Tokoroa/Waipapa – Barry Corbham of the Kinleith Forest Recreation Club 07 886 8900 TAKE A MATE HUNTING – FOR ONLY $2 Do you have a mate, relative, friend, co-worker or know somebody who is keen to give duck hunting a go, but doesn’t want to pay the full cost of a licence? If so, on a strictly first come, first served basis, limited to the first 100 hunters who write into the Auckland/Waikato office with their 2015 Game bird Licence number, we will let you take your mate hunting on opening weekend for the $2 cost of the Habitat Stamp which is affixed to the licence – which as you will recall is used solely to create, protect and restore wetland habitat.
The offer is strictly limited to those people (i.e. the mate) who have not purchased a licence before (and we can check via extensive database records going back over the last decade) – the offer is only for opening weekend – recipients of the mate’s licence must be accompanied by a whole season licence holder. The offer only applies to the Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game region and the mate must of course comply with the Game Hunting Regulations. There is no better opportunity to introduce your friend, spouse, son or daughter to game bird hunting.
Fish & Game Regions 10 Reference to Description: Gazette, No.
83, of 22 May 1990, at page 1861 EASTERN FISH & GAME REGION 10 Office: c/- Ngongotaha Hatchery, 1130 Paradise Valley Road, Ngongotaha Postal address: Private Bag 3010, Rotorua 3046 Phone: (07) 357-5501 Fax: (07) 357-5503 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Manager: Andy Garrick (021 847 227) Admin staff: Kate Thompson, Lynne Sands, Carmel Veitch Senior F&G Officer: Matthew McDougall (021 278 9408) F&G Officers: Lloyd Gledhill, Eben Herbert, John Meikle, Matt Osborne, Mark Sherburn, Nigel Simpson, Anthony van Dorp. Eastern 30
Fish & Game Regions Eastern 1 Game That May be Hunted or Killed—Duration of 2015/2016 Season Species Season Duration (dates inclusive) Daily Bag Limit Hunting Area Grey/mallard duck 2 May to 1 Jun 2015 6 All areas NZ shoveler duck 2 May to 1 Jun 2015 2 All areas Paradise shelduck 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 6 Area A1, A2 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 10 Area B2 and that part of B1, which lies south of the true right bank of the Uawa River Mouth, Tolaga Bay 2 May to 12 Jul 2015 20 That part of B1, which lies north of the true right bank of the Uawa River Mouth, Tolaga Bay Pukeko 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 All areas Black swan 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit Area A1 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 2 Area A2 Closed season 0 Area B1 & B2 Bobwhite (Virginian) quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit All areas Brown quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 5 All areas California quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit Area A1 & A2 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 5 Area B1 & B2 Cock pheasant 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 5 All areas excluding upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region 31
Fish & Game Regions Hen pheasant 2 May to 3 May 2015 1 All areas excluding upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region Pheasant, both sexes 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region Cock pheasant 31 Aug to 20 Sep 2015 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region (junior hunters only) Red legged partridge 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for this Region 2 Definition of Areas The following descriptions refer to Local Authority Boundaries described on the Infomap 242B-2 Land Information New Zealand for the Eastern Fish and Game region.
2.1 Area A1: Tauranga District, Western Bay of Plenty District, that part of the South Waikato District within the Eastern Fish and Game region and east of State Highway 1, Rotorua District, Kawerau District, Whakatane District and Opotiki District. 2.2 Area A2: Those parts of the South Waikato District west of State Highway 1 within the Eastern Fish and Game region, Taupo District and Ruapehu District, which lie within the Eastern Fish and Game region. 2.3 Area B1: Gisborne District.
2.4 Area B2: That part of Wairoa District within the Eastern Fish and Game region. Eastern 32
Fish & Game Regions Eastern 3 Shooting Hours 6.15am to 6.15pm. 4 Decoy Limit No limit. 5 Special Conditions 5.1 Unpinned magazine shotguns may be used. 5.2 No maimai shall impede the use of navigable channels in the Tauranga Harbour, Ohiwa Harbour, Little Waihi Estuary, Lake Aniwhenua and Lake Taupo. 5.3 Maimais erected in the Little Waihi Estuary, Lake Aniwhenua, Ohiwa Harbour, Stump and Waihi bays of Lake Taupo must be dismantled and removed within 2 weeks of the close of the season (ie by 12 September 2015).
5.4 Any licensed game bird hunter who has a Department of Conservation permit to take or kill wildlife for the purpose of hawking may hunt with an Australasian Harrier (Circus approximans) to take Pukeko. This is subject to the season length and bag limit for Pukeko specified in clause 1 of this notice for this Region and subject to any condition imposed by the DirectorGeneral of Conservation under such a permit. 6 Upland Game Properties with Special Conditions 6.1 Pirini Family Trust: The property is located 8 kilometres up the Bush Road from Pongokawa. It is bounded by Pongakawa River, Rotoehu Forest and Bush Road, Sections 4, 5 and 7 SO 7437 Block IX Waihi South Survey District.
The property is leased by N. Raven.
6.2 Equine Farm: The property is located approximately 6 kilometres in a north-west direction from Lake Rotoehu with Rotoehu Road and Fletcher Challenge’s Rotoehu Forest on the main boundaries. It is made up of 283 hectares being entirely enclosed within deer fence, DPS 17091. The property is owned by Equine Estate Limited. 6.3 Prime Pine: The property is located on the Matata Highway and consists of some 120 hectares of pine forest. DPS 58240. It is bounded by Hingston, Fraser, Prinz and Knight properties. The property is owned by Prime Pine Partnership.
Fish & Game Regions 6.4 Harakeke Station: 1034 State Highway 1, RD 1, Wairakei, being 946.37 hectares in total and consisting of Tatua East No 25 Block, Tatua East No 27 Blocks I, II and VI Tatua Survey District, Tatua East No 29 Blocks V and VI Tatua Survey District, Tatua East No 28 Block V Tatua Survey District, Part X2A Block V Tatua Survey District, Lot 1 DP 330092, Lot 2 DPS 11900, Part Tatua East 11E1B MI 16902, Block V, Tatua Survey District, Lot 1 DPS 90819 Lot 1 DPS 10147 Part Tatua East 8 ML 14696, Block V, Tatua Survey District, Tatua East 11C1 ML 14696 Block V, Tatua Survey District 11B ML 14696 Tatua East Survey District 11A ML 14696 Tatua East Survey District Tatua East 12E1 MI.
The property is owned by Harakeke Company Limited.
6.5 Totara Lodge Taupo: 1093 State Highway 1, RD 1, Wairakei, being 1,478 hectares in total and consisting of Tatua East No 17 Blocks II and 1V Tuhingamata West Survey District, Lots 1, 2, 4 and 5 DPS 61926 Tatua East No 18 Block V Tatua Survey District Blocks II and IV Tuhingamata West Survey District, Lot 3 DP 338327. The property is owned by E. F. Deadman Limited. 6.6 Titoki Hereford Stud: the property is situated along a 4 kilometre road frontage, at the top of Tikitere Hill from above Hell’s Gate to opposite Moose Lodge entrance, DPS 36936, DPS 27776, DPS 24257 and DP 8128. It is bounded by Fletcher Challenge Tikitere Forest and Okataina Scenic Reserve.
The property is owned by the Wells No2 Trust Farm Partnership. HUNTING IN THE EASTERN REGION We have produced a pamphlet on gamebird hunting in the Eastern Region. Inquire at your local sports shop or the Eastern Fish and Game Office for a copy. Eastern Fish and Game hold annual ballots for hunting sites in wetlands managed by the Council. Hunters may register for the ballot before the end of the first week of November. All you have to do is write to us with your name, address, and phone number and we will send you a ballot application form before it’s held. Hunters from the previous year will automatically be sent an application form.
If you have changed your address make sure you notify us of the changes. Access information to the reserves can be obtained Eastern 34
Fish & Game Regions Eastern from the website http://eastern.fishandgame.org.nz/content/ easternhunting-locations-access CASUAL PERMITS TO HUNT IN THE WETLANDS Casual permits, for non-ballot holders to hunt wetlands administered by Eastern Fish and Game, can be obtained by phoning or writing to the office in Rotorua. Casual permits are available after the first two weeks of the season. This allows successful ballot holders two weeks of undisturbed hunting.
UPLAND GAME HUNTING Some of New Zealand’s best pheasant and quail hunting is found in the Eastern Region. A lot of this hunting is in the production forestry areas of the Bay of Plenty managed by Timberlands Limited. Permits to hunt in the forest are issued by ISCL, 07 347 8880.
WETLAND CREATION For information and advice on wetland creation contact the staff at your local Fish & Game offices. Wetlands in the Eastern Region are now rare. In some parts less than 1% of the original wetlands remain. The Habitat Trust fund is one source of funding for enhancement, purchase or development of wetlands. If you have a proposal to create or enhance a large area of wetland we may be able to assist you obtain funding. Photo: Steve Terry 35
Fish & Game Regions 11 Reference to Description: Gazette, No. 83, of 22 May 1990, at page 1861 HAWKE'S BAY FISH & GAME REGION11 Office: The Game Farm, 22 Burness Road, Greenmeadows, Napier Postal Address: PO Box 7345 Taradale, Napier 4141 Phone: (06) 844-2460 Fax: (06) 844 2461 Email: email@example.com Manager: Pete McIntosh (021 274 6119) Office Admin: Christine Tuck Fish & Game Officer: Tim Hopley (021 556 048) Hawke's Bay 36
Fish & Game Regions Hawke's Bay 1 Game That May be Hunted or Killed—Duration of 2015/2016 Season Species Season Duration (dates inclusive) Daily Bag Limit Hunting Area Mallard/grey duck 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 10 All areas NZ shoveler duck 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 2 All areas Paradise shelduck 2 May to 26 Jul 2015 10 All areas Pukeko 2 May to 27 Sep 2015 10 All areas Black swan 2 May to 28 Jun 2015 3 All areas Bobwhite (Virginian) quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 No limit All areas Brown quail Closed season 0 All areas California quail 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 10 All areas Cock pheasant 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 2 All areas excluding upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for the Region Pheasants, both sexes 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 2 Apr 2016 to 6 May 2016 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for the Region Pheasants, both sexes 31 Aug to 27 Sep 2015 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for the Region (junior hunters only) Red-legged partridge 2 May to 30 Aug 2015 2 Apr 2016 to 6 May 2016 No limit Upland game properties with special conditions specified in clause 6 for the Region 37
Fish & Game Regions 2 Shooting Hours 6.15am to 6.30pm. 3 Decoy Limit No limit. 4 Magazine Extension No person may hunt or kill game birds, as specified, within the Hawke’s Bay region with any magazine extensions on a shotgun of a calibre 10 gauge or smaller (including 12, 16, 20, 28, 410). 5. Voluntary phase in period of three shots. Hunters in the Hawke’s Bay Region are encouraged to observe a voluntary limit to magazine shotguns capable of holding no more than three shells with no more than two shells in the magazine and one shot in the chamber. A voluntary phase-in period is in place for the 2015 & 2016 seasons, with it to become compulsory in the 2017 season.
6 Upland Game Properties with Special Conditions 6.1 Whanawhana Trust Property: Lots 2 and 3 DP 24970, namely that area north and south of Whanawhana Road, Whanawhana, bordered by the Ngaruroro River in the south and the Otamauri stream in the north. The Whanawhana Trust property is owned by the Whanawhana Trust. 6.2 Glencoe Station: Located in Central Hawke’s Bay 8 kilometres south of Maraekakaho on State Highway 50. The property is 1,200 hectares bounded by farms off Whakapirau Road to the west, Ruakawa Road to the south, Glencoe Station Road to the east and State Highway 50 to the north, and private farm land on each side.
These farms are owned by Mark Taylor, Graham De Gruchy, John Mulcaster, Nick Buckholt, John McPhee and Edwards brothers. Glencoe Station property is owned by Colin Lindsay. 6.3 Tuna Nui Station: Bounded by Flag Range Road to the east, the Waikonini Creek and Rauwhenua Forest in the west and north respectively and the NapierTaihape Road to the south. Tuna Nui Station property is owned by the Andrew Russell Trust. 6.4 Ngamatea Station: Being the property north of the Napier-Taihape Road and bounded by the Taraurau River to the east, the Rangitikei River to the west and the Waingakai Stream to the north.
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