All Covid-19 updates
5.00pm 30 March
We have updated information on what we are working through in relation to the 2020 game bird season. click here
1.00pm 26 March
We have created a Q&A page covering the most frequently asked questions from game bird hunters and anglers.
You can click the link on the left or click here
7.00pm 25 March
We have released important information for game bird hunters on pegging, game bird licences and refunds. Click here
We have also updated information on fishing licences. Click here
We realise there are many questions you will still have. Please be patient and we will release information tomorrow 26th March that will address many of the specific questions you have been contacting us with.
5.10pm 24 March
The Government’s clear intention at this stage is that fishing and hunting are prohibited during the Alert Level 4 lockdown period. If and when we receive other advice from the Government we will change our position.
Therefore, Fish & Game New Zealand are urging all anglers and hunters to do the right thing and stay at home while New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.
"Unfortunately, being at Level 4 means that anglers and hunters aren’t able to do the pursuits that they love," Fish & Game New Zealand Chief Executive Martin Taylor says.
"The advice we have is that at Alert Level 4 anglers and hunters should not undertake activities that expose them and others to higher levels of risk. We are also advised that DOC huts and campsites are closed as they do not meet minimum separation requirements."
New Zealand Search and Rescue (NZSAR) is asking people to stick to simple outdoor exercise and avoid areas where they could get lost or require search and rescue. NZSAR want to ensure that emergency services are available to help those in the greatest need. Fishing and hunting, even close to home, inherently carry a degree of risk and it is important for anglers and hunters not to further burden our emergency services and healthcare system. Staying in and around home is simply the right thing to do.
"It is heart-breaking to not be able to spend time in the outdoors, especially as for many of us this is our main way to destress, but we all have our part to play to beat COVID-19," Mr Taylor says.
"The point of the next four weeks is to kill the virus in New Zealand so that life goes back to normal as quickly as possible. Let’s stay home for four weeks then we can get outdoors and back into angling and hunting."
The Level 4 lockdown period is scheduled to end prior to the start of the game bird season, and if we are all responsible during the next four weeks the game bird season is on.
We ask for your patience while we piece together the complexities of what we are facing. In particular, we will have further advice on pegging day as soon as possible.
It is our intention to give anglers and hunters ongoing updates on our facebook page and website.
Please keep up-to-date with all the most recent Government guidance around COVID-19 here