Fish & Game reviewed
A review into Fish & Game has outlined recommendations to modernise governance protocols and decision making. New Zealand Fish & Game Council chairman Ray Grubb says the review provides an overdue and welcome health check of the organisation. While it proposes some significant changes, he is encouraged it endorses Fish & Game’s core strengths. “It is encouraging that it is a ringing endorsement of our strong environmental advocacy on behalf of our 150,000 anglers and game bird hunters. It also provides a template for future results,” Grubb says. The review report, released by acting Conservation Minister Dr Ayesha Verral, recommends reducing the number of Fish & Game regions from 12 to six, the number of governors on each council from 12 to eight and suggests ways to include iwi throughout Fish & Game. Grubb says the review panel went to exceptional lengths to canvass views from both within Fish & Game and external stakeholders. “What the reviewers identified is a huge disparity in views on the future structure. The review report, therefore, provides solutions where consensus was not going to be possible.” The minister has established an implementation panel, which will also be chaired by Grubb.