29 January 2021: the NZCA provided the Minister of Conservation with a summary of submissions made in 2020, providing advice to the new Minister on a number of conservation issues faced throughout the previous year.
The NZCA advises that long-term heli-hunting concessions should not be issued until the regional conservation management strategies have been reviewed and effects of heli-hunting are better understood.
The NZCA advises that heli-hunting decisions should be guided by statutory planning documents, such as general policy, national park management plans, and conservation management strategies and wild animal control plans.
The NZCA is concerned about the game animal council proposal, particularly about the effects of the proposal on indigenous biodiversity, process, about matters of governance, and public interest. The NZCA suggests some other options to consider.