Who Is Alan Simmons – Promoter / founder
Alan Simmons has just launched the Outdoor Recreation Party.
Who is He? What’s his background?
Some may know he was a United Future candidate in the last election.
That reflects his firm belief that the solution to much of the disrespect and poisonous policies past governments have delivered to the public’s outdoor heritage and environment, is to get into the political arena and start sparring.
His motivation stems from a lifetime involvement in the outdoors and the political side. For instance, 40 years ago in 1975, Alan was one of three anglers appointed to visit Parliament in 1975 to cement the “no trout farming” deal under the newly elected government. The agreement has stood the test of time.
And he’s been involved in administration having sat on a number of national body executives, boards, NGO and management groups including the NZ Professional Hunting Guides Assn (of which he was at one stage National President), Electricorp Environmental Management Board, NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers and NZ Professional Fishing Guides Assn. Many will know him through his website, the hugely popular New Zealand FishnHunt forum which serves up 10.5 million pages a month. http://www.fishnhunt.co.nz
Some of his past involvement includes:-
In 1990 one of 12 appointed by the Conservation Minister to set up the NZ Fish and Game Council as per a new act of parliament.
An elected Councillor for 11 years on various fish and game councils.
• For 25 years a ministerial appointee to the Taupo Fishery Advisory Committee and recently was part of a four man team that undertook a Ministerial review of the Taupo Fishery
• An executive member of the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Assn for 27 years, and currently is an executive member of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers which represents nationally the collective interests of all angling club members.
As a free range hunting guide Alan was at the fore-front of an emerging industry an occupation he loved until it was consumed by Safari park hunting.
Author of the first book on Sika Deer Hunting. (“How To Hunt Sika Deer”) as well as starring in many overseas TV fishing & hunting shows.
• Stood for parliament in the 2011 and 2014 elections as a candidate for United Future and became president of the party leading it through a rebuilding process. He has since resigned so he could build a new party based on “Outdoors Values only”..