David Haynes, Co-Leader

David was born in the UK and emigrated to New Zealand in 2004. His passion for angling stems from childhood days when his father, Tony Haynes, and his grandfather, Jimmy, would take him to rivers to fish for roach, dace, chub, perch and the odd brown trout. David has been fishing ever since for any fish that takes a fly.

Trained as a materials and research chemist, David went on to work in data communications, then forming an IT consultancy providing advice and implementation services to public and private enterprises across the globe. David continued in this role in NZ but now spends most of his time as a freelance writer, with a particular focus on the politics of the outdoors.

David joined the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers in 2011 and was President 2013-16  He still maintains a position on the executive and is also a second term councillor for Nelson/Marlborough Fish & Game region.

Moving near to Nelson six years ago David and his wife, Serena, have invested a huge slice of their life into repairing a vine choked, weed infested, neglected and dilapidated hillside block, establishing extensive vegetable beds, orchards and paddocks to run their goats, ducks, chooks, sheep and pigs.  They have also planted hundreds of native trees and maintain a network of rat, stoat, possum and feral cat traps.

David has an intense love for tramping and hunting and is a member of both Federated Mountain Clubs and Nelson Deerstalkers Association.