Fishing and hunting


National recognises that for many New Zealanders, recreational fishing and hunting are a way of life, and one that we will work to protect. We also believe that the fishing and hunting communities have an important role to play in the conservation effort, as partners with Government alongside local communities and NGOs.

National will ensure that New Zealanders continue to enjoy access to recreational fishing and hunting opportunities, balanced with careful, sustainable management of animal stocks and strict enforcement of existing conservation rules to ensure sustainability and the continued recovery of our native species.

National will:

  • Update the 1993 Tahr Management Plan, staying true to its principles of balancing environmental needs with commercial and recreational hunting opportunities.
  • Utilise expertise from the professional and recreational hunting community, including the Game Animal Council, in the control of tahr, wallaby and other game animals.
  • Ensure New Zealanders are able to continue to enjoy access to recreational fishing and whitebaiting, and that commercial fishing stocks are managed sustainably so recreational fishers are not adversely impacted.