Since this policy was formulated the department of Conservation have began an extensive program of eliminating Tahr from the mountains of the South Island concentrating on the national parks. We vehemently oppose such cruel and draconian measures and will hold the Department to account as per our policy to replace DOC with a new organisation.
The NZ Outdoors Party believes that our wild deer, tahr, chamois and pigs are a valuable recreational, social and food resource. Hunting is an integral part of our history and culture and it should continue to be so, forever.
Currently the Department of Conservation is responsible for the management of our game animals in the conservation estate, with the Game Animal Council providing a lesser consultation role only.
DoC’s performance in this respect has been both varied and conflicted.
The Game Animal Council (GAC) was established to give the whole hunting sector a far greater say in game management but is beset with three problems.