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Significant progress with our mission!

Safeguarding the future of fishing and hunting in New Zealand for all.

You spoke, they've heard you!

Parliament’s Environment Select Committee has reported back on the planned Natural and Built Environment Bill (NBE), which we believe would have had significant implications for the future of fishing and hunting in New Zealand and the role of Fish & Game.

Over the past few weeks, almost 12,000 people visited Fish & Game’s ‘Our Future’ website and nearly 3,500 Kiwis sent emails outlining their concerns to the Government and MPs.

Following this public outcry and the hard work of the Fish & Game team, the select committee has now recommended changes to the proposed law.

These changes include:

  • enshrining the protection of the habitat of trout and salmon alongside the protection of indigenous species
  • recognition of the values Kiwis place on public access to lakes and rivers
  • recognition of the recreational use and enjoyment of the natural environment – and for these values to be maintained and enhanced.


Our licence holders deserve a lot of credit for taking the time to make their voices heard and help bring about this change.

We were overwhelmed by the level of support for the campaign, which shows the passion of our anglers and hunters in ensuring the things we care about today will be enjoyed by all in the future.

Next steps and further changes needed

Over the coming days, Fish & Game will be studying the select committee’s report in detail, seeking greater clarity on the recommendations and advocating for other changes.

We will not stop speaking up for the interests of those who love outdoor pursuits and recreation.

For the most part, it appears the decision-makers have listened, but there are still areas Fish & Game wants resolved. You can read more about what we believe still needs changing at the link below:

About Fish & Game New Zealand

Fish & Game New Zealand manages, maintains and enhances sports fish and game birds and their habitats in the best long-term interests of present and future generations of anglers and hunters.

Fish & Game NZ is everyone who buys a fishing or hunting licence – we are a ‘user pays, user says’ non-profit organisation that receives no government or taxpayer money. An important difference between Fish & Game New Zealand and other public organisations is that it is run by councils elected by the people who buy licences.

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