Important information regarding COVID-19
This page will be updated frequently
Updated 10.00am 6th April 2020
Fishing and Hunting under Level 4 Lockdown
On Friday 3 April 2020 the Medical Officer of Health issued an order pursuant to s70(1)(f) of the Health Act, requiring all persons within all districts of New Zealand to be isolated and quarantined. That means all persons in New Zealand are directed to remain at their current place of residence, except as permitted for essential personal movement and to maintain physical distancing.
Under limited recreation purposes, hunting and water based activities are specifically mentioned. You can read the order here
Police have also released their Operational Policing Guidelines – Alert Level 4, in response to the order and that can be viewed here
2020 Game Bird Season
With four weeks to go, many of you are asking what the 2020 game bird season will look like. There are many factors to consider and the answers are not simple. Please be assured that Fish & Game are working through all the options to ensure that a game bird season goes ahead including any changes that may be necessary
There are a number of variables we must consider, such as:
When will the Alert Level 4 lockdown finish?
What restrictions will remain in place when Alert Level 4 is reduced?
The impact of lockdowns and restrictions potentially becoming regional.
Legislative barriers to changing the game bird season.
The management of hunting on public and private land.
Impact on managing the species and habitat, including the impacts on breeding seasons and population dynamics.
We appreciate your patience while we work through these issues. Many of you have communicated suggestions to us and we will take these into account. We will advise all current and prospective game bird hunters of any decisions as soon as they are made.
In the meantime, use the time at home to prepare your gear for the season, practice your calls, and get ready to put it to good use.
Fish & Game's Response to COVID-19
Fish & Game New Zealand is focused on maintaining the safety of licence holders and staff, and limiting the spread of COVID-19 by following the advice of the World Health Organisation, the New Zealand Government and the Ministry of Health.
Fishing and hunting does bring opportunities to get outdoors, however during the level 4 lockdown, the Government has made it clear that fishing and hunting are not permitted. Fish & Game are committed to supporting these directives.
Our commitment to you as anglers and hunters is that we will provide you with the means to interact with Fish & Game and provide you with up to date information on fishing and game bird hunting in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
All our offices around the country are currently closed. You can contact us by phone during business hours and by email at any time. Rest assured, the needs of our licence holders are a top priority.
During this time we would ask you to do the following:
- Email the Fish & Game office in your region if you need assistance.
- Call the Fish & Game office in your region if you need assistance urgently.
- Please do not visit our offices, they are closed.
- Please take the time to find the answer to your question on this website before calling or emailing us.
- If you are a licence holder we will email you with any critical information.
- Watch our Facebook page for updates.
- Direct all enquiries regarding licences to 0800 542 362.
- To purchase a licence click here and read the important information listed.
- Check back on this page regularly.
The Government has set up an information website ‘Unite against COVID-19’. Learn the simple steps you can take to ‘flatten the curve’ and slow the spread by clicking here