Councillors

Every one of the 12 New Zealand Fish & Game Councillors is nominated to serve on the council by their own region.

They are not representatives of their region (as they have to take a national overview in their deliberations) and are expected to be the main link between the New Zealand Council and the regions. They should be able to explain to the New Zealand Council the views of regions on an issue, and subsequently explain to their fellow regional Councillors why the New Zealand Council decided on a particular course of action.

New Zealand Councillors are required to advance and implement national policy back in their particular regions.

Ray Grubb (Chairman)

Planning for the future, ensuring there is ample clean clear water for recreation, ensuring wetlands and other game bird habitat are protected, is my priority in representing our Licence holders. The NZ Fish and Game Council has a very important role in working with Ministers and Government Departments to make the significant shift in water and habitat management that is required. After eight years on the Otago Council I am also very keen to see Regional Councils better fulfil their environmental protection role. With experience at a senior level in Government, then owning a tourism business followed by acting as a Director of Local Body and Private Sector Companies I offer Governance and Planning skills to help provide the Leadership expected of the NZ Council. I am a keen angler and have fished in other countries for many years observing different fishery management techniques, and nowadays fish for the pleasure of enjoying our wild places

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Debbie Oakley

I've been an Eastern F&G Councillor since December 2019, and their appointee to NZ F&G Council from December 2020. I am a keen fly and boat fisher both in NZ and overseas and enjoy my shooting as well.
A Kiwifruit orchardist from Te Puke with 35 years banking experience, 22 years in management and rural lending. After retiring from banking I worked with Bay of Plenty Rural Support Trust as a facilitator and then their Regional Leader.
For the past five years (until August 2020) I have been a member of the NZ Kiwifruit Growers Forum. During this time I was a member of their Executive and their representative on the Industry Advisory Council.
I completed the Zespri Industry Governance Programme providing me further governance experience.
I am the current Chairperson of Seeka Growers Ltd.
I want to add value to these important NZ activities with my financial acumen and ensure that our licence holders retain the important access they require in a clean environment.

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Noel Birchall

I am a dedicated game hunter and fisherman and have been an honorary ranger for more than 25 years. I am the owner-operator of an auto electrical business in Kaikohe and own a property where I’ve developed a substantial wetland and wildlife habitat area. My background in the management of our sport and the fish and game resources goes back nearly 50 years as a councillor, president and executive member of the Bay of Islands Acclimatisation Society. I have served on the Northland Fish and Game Council since its inception in 1990, and was chairman for 13 years. In 2002, I was honoured to receive a Conservation Award in recognition of service to fish and game management.

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Andy Harris

I am an enthusiastic, some would say obsessive waterfowler, and a keen, if fairly ordinary freshwater angler. I live at Hari Hari in South Westland, where I am pretty much retired from hands-on farming but still have an interest in a modest dairy farm in the La Fontaine stream catchment. My other activities centre on family, home and garden. I have been a member of West Coast Fish and Game Council since 2000 and I’m the current chairman. I want to see a future where my grandchildren have the opportunity to hunt and fish as I have over the years.

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Dan Isbister

My particular interest is fly fishing, particularly backcountry and wilderness fishing. I’m also involved in teaching fly fishing and casting. I have salmon fished and hunted game birds for more than 30 years. I farm on the south bank of the Waitaki river where I live with my wife Elizabeth and three children. Outside fish & Game, I have a strong interest in habitat management and enhancement. I am a Central South Island Fish and Game councillor, a community member on the Lower Waitaki/Coastal Canterbury Zone Committee for Environment Canterbury, and I’m part of the steering group for North Otago Sustainable Land Management Group.

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Nigel Juby

I am a former NZ representative angler, blogger, angling advocate and a lapsed hunter. Although I'm based in the Waikato, I spend 30% of my time traveling throughout NZ working and fishing - from lowland streams to the Tekapo canals and into the back country. I try to bring a good understanding of issues, business experience and scientific background to the national council.
I am particularly committed to three issues that I believe will define our sport's future:
• Habitat protection
• Access development
• Participation

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Bill O'Leary

I am an active hunter and fish when I get time. A retired secondary school teacher based in Nelson, my background includes the development of a new hunter training course which has introduced hundreds of young people to sustainable harvest concepts and hunting skills. I remain involved in promoting hunter recruitment and have attended international hunter education conferences and workshops. I have also served as president of the New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association. As a Nelson/Marlborough Fish and Game councillor and honorary ranger, I have taken part in drift dives and bird counts.

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Dave Harris

I am a retired Electrical Engineer. I have been on the Southland Fish and Game Council since 2012.
My main interest is trout fishing, especially fly fishing and I am the President of the Southland Fly Fishing Club. This allows me to help in promoting the sport and I enjoy helping out junior and beginner anglers.
I also take an interest in protecting access and habitat for both fishing and hunting as these are important NZ traditions. We need to keep our environment as pure as possible and ensure that the habitat for both fish and game birds is maintained to allow these species to survive.
I see a need to act against capture of the fishing and hunting resources for private gain at the expense of the general public. I also see a need to ensure that fishing access is still available to New Zealand anglers.
We need to continue to make hunting and fishing licences affordable while continuing to provide enough income to Fish and Game to manage our hunting and fishing resources. I also see a need to try and obtain some income from others sources, especially those who profit from using the hunting and fishing resources, including the introduction of a guide’s licence.

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Dave Coll

I have been a keen trout fisher and game bird hunter since I was introduced to the sport over 50 years ago by my father when I was a boy living on the West Coast. I am a particularly keen fly fisher with a passion for fishing back country rivers.
I am also a keen deer hunter.
I was a member of the inaugural West Coast Fish and Game Council from 1991 to 1996 and was their appointee to the New Zealand Fish and Game Council, a position I held for 5 years until I moved to Christchurch to pursue a new career path. I currently work for an Engineering Consultancy in Christchurch where I am a member of a team of road and traffic engineers responsible for the maintenance and operation of all State Highways in North Canterbury and I am also involved in remedial projects following the Kaikoura earthquake.
As a current member of the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council and the Water and Wildlife Habitat Trust I have a passionate interest in the management of our sports fish and gamebird resource with a strong focus on sustainable management of the habitat. I understand the importance of good governance and fully support the recent changes made to re-establish our region as the premier Fish and Game region in New Zealand. I believe that I can continue to make a meaningful contribution to the Council based on wide ranging practical experience and a strong understanding of the legal framework surrounding habitat protection.

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Gerard Karalus

I am an active and enthusiastic angler and occasional hunter in my third term with Taranaki Fish and Game council.
I have extensive experience in agriculture and horticulture tertiary education having been a senior manager in this field for at least 20 years with PTEs and held positions that have covered the entire North Island and upper South Island at various times. My employment has developed my skills in communication and working with youth, farmers, landowners and Government and community groups including Iwi and Maori farming and education trusts.
I own a small beef farming operation near Hawera with my wife Michele and have also been a dairy farmer. I have a keen interest in improving water quality and biodiversity by working with landowners and other interested parties to achieve a good outcome for all. I am passionate about ensuring our fish and game resources are maintained for future generations to enjoy.