Council Staff

Manager Southland Fish & Game
Zane Moss, MSc (Hons)

Originally from Canterbury, where he developed a passion for salmon angling, fly-fishing and hunting, Zane has fished enthusiastically since a child.
Interests include hunting waterfowl, deer, tahr and other big game, sea fishing, spear fishing and scuba diving and introducing his two boys to the amazing opportunities of the New Zealand outdoors.

Role: Zane’s been with Fish & Game for over 18 years and involves himself in the diverse range of subjects that the role requires, including species management work, compliance, access, wetland survey and design, resource management and public awareness.

Fish & Game Officer (Te Anau)
Bill Jarvie

Bill is originally from Christchurch where he and his dad spent weekends trout and salmon fishing on the likes of the Rakaia, Waimakariri and Selwyn rivers, as well as the high country lakes Coleridge, Selfe and Georgina. Hares and rabbits were shot as a sideline. He gained a Wildlife Service traineeship in 1978 specialising in freshwater fisheries based at Rotorua, Turangi and Wanaka before moving to a field officer position in Te Anau in 1982.

Bill was also involved with blue duck and kokako management, and his particularly treasured work capturing kakapo with his dog on Stewart Island. This partnership was utilised for tracking takahe once he came to Te Anau.

Role: As the Fish & Game officer responsible for the Te Anau basin, Bill works from the office at the Wildlife Park which can be a ‘one stop shop’ for a wide range of environmental enquiries. His varied work includes spawning surveys, drift diving, liaison with Meridian Energy and regional authorities re waterway management, compliance, hunter and angler access, and public awareness.

Resource Management Officer
Jacob Smyth BA/LLB

Originally from the Bay of Plenty, Jacob joined the Southland Fish & Game team in September 2008. Jacob is passionate about hunting, fishing and gathering of wild food and introducing his three young children to the great outdoors. Jacob also has a special interest in historic water fowl hunting memorabilia and equipment which reflects the waterfowl heritage in New Zealand.

Role: Jacob is responsible for undertaking resource management work with respect to activities that impact upon fish and game populations, habitat and access in the Southland region. In addition, Jacob under takes general field work such as drift diving, spawning surveys and compliance monitoring and a touch of legal work.

Fish & Game Officer
Cohen Stewart MSc, BCom

Cohen moved to Southland from the North Island as a teenager and quickly found the great hunting and fishing that Southland has to offer. He developed an interest in trout fishing and spent many weekends and school holidays fishing on the Oreti, Aparima and Makarewa Rivers. Cohen especially enjoys chasing trout in the lower reaches of Southland's rivers and likes to go deer stalking and diving in his free time.

Role: Cohen is involved in hunter and angler compliance, drift diving, electric fishing, trout and game bird surveys, research, access negotiation and the Fish in Schools program.

Fish & Game Officer
Erin Garrick MSc

Erin is originally from the Manawatu, and then lived Stateside for a few years before coming back to New Zealand to complete a MSc in Wildlife Management. Erin can usually be found outdoors exploring the amazing opportunities Southland has to offer, in pursuit of both big game and game birds, free-driving, spear-fishing, archery and fishing.

Role: Erin has a particular interest in game birds and their habitat and promoting research and advocacy of women hunters and anglers. Additionally she is involved with compliance, drift diving, game bird surveys, research and public awareness.