Council Staff

Local Councillors & Staff

Find out about the North Canterbury Fish & Game team.

Chief Executive

Rasmus Gabrielsson

Rasmus has joined North Canterbury Fish & Game from the Cawthron Institute in Nelson. In  November 2019, Rasmus received his Doctorate from the University of Otago in Ecology, with the title- Salmonid migration and recruitment patterns: Fishery management using natural trace elements and isotope markers. Rasmus is a passionate hunter and angler who brings to the organisation a wealth of fisheries management knowledge and scientific rigour. Rasmus came to New Zealand from Sweden where he had been an Officer in the Swedish Army, after a period of study in New Zealand he joined Otago Fish & Game in Central Otago as a Field Officer then joining the Cawthron Institute four years later.


Fish & Game Officer
Steve Terry

Steve has been with North Canterbury Fish & Game since 2000. Steve is responsible for monitoring the salmon fishery in the region and is also involved in water quality monitoring of key salmon and trout spawning streams, working in collaboration with farmers to protect these valuable streams.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Environmental Science from Lincoln University. His interests include ocean fishing, scuba diving, hunting and skiing.


Fish & Game Officer
Emily Arthur-Moore

Emily started with Fish & Game in October 2009. She has worked in a range of roles including public relations, advocacy, education and monitoring. Emily works part-time (two days a week on a Monday and Tuesday).

She studied ecology at Lincoln University, and has a particular interest in habitat restoration and enhancement. Her roles at Fish & Game include public relations, access advocacy and habitat restoration.

On weekends she's most likely to be found scaring fish in her whitewater kayak.


Fish & Game Officer
Tony Hawker

Tony comes from a farming background in the Nelson region. Having grown up near the banks of the Motueka River, he has developed a keen interest in fly fishing and also enjoys deer and pig hunting.

He moved to Canterbury in 2000 and joined Fish and Game in 2008 as the Environment Officer. This mainly involved advocating for sports fish and game bird habitat though the resource management process. In 2012, Tony changed to the role of Fish & Game Officer specialising in the management of trout fisheries, as well as working on resource consents.

Tony is passionate about trout fishing in the North Canterbury area and rates it as one of the best regions in the country for brown trout trophy fishing.


Fish & Game Officer
Dirk Barr

Dirk has been involved as a volunteer with salmon and trout enhancement work for more than 25 years. In 1995 he took on the signage installation programme at Fish & Game. Dirk is also an honorary ranger and has an extensive knowledge of the region.

In April 2008, he took on the job of Manager at the Fish & Game hatchery at Montrose and at Peacock Springs. He has also taken on the roles of game bird co-ordinator and compliance within the North Canterbury region.

Dirk is also a keen hunter and angler and his passion for salmon fishing is only surpassed by his passion for enhancement of their habitat.

In his spare time, those who are able to find him can be certain he won’t be without his rod and rifle, or his trusty hunting companion Brace, his black lab.

Field Assistant

Ryton Barr

Ryton has joined the Fish & Game team as a Field Assistant, working with the Field Officers to help them achieve the goals of the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council.

 

Office Manager
Debbie Ambler

Debbie owned her own business for ten years prior to joining the team in April 2012 and has brought to the organisation a wide variety and extensive range of administrative skills. She is usually the first person you meet when you walk into the Fish & Game office.

Debbie's role covers everything from managing staff and Council meetings and the region's  accounts, to co-ordination of local licence agents and licence sales and health and safety - along with helping out staff in general.

Outside work you'll find Debbie either at the gym, on a golf course, or on a mountain bike (though not as serious a rider as her husband!). She also enjoys a good book to wind down.