You need a WARO concession for pig, goat and chamois carcass recovery and the live capture of deer, pig and goat.

2018 national WARO concession

A process is underway to develop a new national wild animal recovery operations (WARO) concession for WARO operators. The 2018 concession will replace the current 2015-2018 national WARO concession, which expires on 30 June 2018.

Eligible WARO concession holders will be issued an interim concession to allow continuity of operations until the 2018 national WARO concession offer can be made.

Regional consultation with WARO operators and other stakeholders on the draft permit will take place during June 2018, with a decision on the 2018 national WARO concession expected by mid-August.

The WARO fact sheet provides more information on the national WARO permit process and who to contact to find out consultation opportunities in your area.

The WARO fact sheet (PDF, 284K)

Area map (PDF, 178K)

WARO concession

A national wild animal recovery operations (WARO) concession is available for:

  • the supply of deer, pig, goat and chamois to Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) approved processors, and
  • live capture of the same wild animals (excluding chamois) to be placed on authorised properties.

Applicants must:

  • have a current supply contract with an approved processor, or a marketing entity that has a contract for processing carcasses with a MPI approved processor, and 
  • meet the MPI requirements for these activities. 

National WARO concessions exclude the carriage of either recreational hunters or fare paying passengers. See aerially assisted trophy hunting (AATH) or aircraft activities for more information.

Pre-application discussion

Applying for a concession for the first time can be a little tricky. To ensure your application goes smoothly contact the staff in our Christchurch office.

Type of WARO concession

The National WARO concessions on offer cover the recovery and capture of the following wild animals:

North Island: deer, pig, and goat carcass recovery plus live capture of deer, pig and goat.

South Island: deer, pig chamois and goat carcass recovery and live capture of deer.

If you wish to apply for any other type of wild animal recovery operation contact our Christchurch office.

Apply for your concession

Your application fee is $1,540 plus GST for North Island or South Island concessions.

If your application is approved we will send you a contract which you must sign and return before proceeding with your activity.

Locations for the national WARO concession

More information

The following document may help you when considering your application for a WARO concession.

WARO access in Ruahine Forest Park

December 2015: A review of WARO access in Ruahine Forest Park took place in July 2015. Read the outcome of the review.

Contact us

For more information about the national or other WARO permit, or assistance with your WARO concession, contact our Christchurch office.

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