Have your say on a proposed new levy to fund the Game Animal Council’s activities. Submissions closed 13 February 2017.


The proposed new levy to fund the Game Animal Council’s activities is on export of game animal trophies from New Zealand.

Before recommending the levy, the Minister must find out how much funding is required, and the likely impact of the levy on ‘affected people, goods and industries’.

The proposal provides information on the proposed new levy and on the Council’s operating budget. 

Download a copy of the proposal (PDF, 311K)

Individuals, groups and organisations are encouraged to make a submission on the impacts of the proposed levy. 

How to submit

To submit, download the submission form (Word, 178K). Complete the form and send either:

  • by email to, or
  • by post to: GAC Export Levy Consultation, Department of Conservation, PO Box 10420, Wellington 6143

Submissions close 5 pm, Monday 13 February 2017.

About the Game Animal Council

The Game Animal Council is a statutory body established on 28 November 2013 under the Game Animal Council Act. It represents the interests of the hunting sector and improves the management of hunting resources while contributing to positive conservation outcomes.

About the game trophy export levy

Section 22 of the Game Animal Council Act provides that:

A person must not export a game trophy from New Zealand that is a souvenir of an animal hunted and killed in New Zealand on or after the day this Act comes into force unless the person pays to the Council the game trophy export levy prescribed (if any) in respect of that trophy.

The Act defines a game trophy as being a whole or part of a carcass of the following animals:

  • any chamois, deer, or tahr
  • any pig that is living in a wild state (ie not farmed, herded or living within a fenced area).

The Act excludes velvet, velvet antlers or the hide of a deer as being a game trophy.

The export levy regulations may:

  • impose different rates of levies for different classes of game trophies
  • exempt payment to a particular country or countries, and
  • must be consistent with international obligations.

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