Governance of Fish & Game NZ and its regional councils is about to be reviewed by the Department of Conservation, it was announced in June.
Fish & Game is the statutory agency responsible for managing most of New Zealand’s game bird hunting and freshwater fishing for species such as trout and salmon.
“The laws governing Fish & Game were enacted some 30 years ago. An organisational health check is timely to make sure Fish & Game’s governance and organisational arrangements are fit for purpose today,” said DoC Minister Eugenie Sage.
“The review is limited to a health check of the governance of Fish & Game. It is not a review of Fish & Game’s statutory roles or functions. Interested parties, including licence holders, will be able to provide their views to the review panel.”
The Minister acknowledged the support from Fish & Game’s leadership for a review and their help in progressing it. Two independent experts, former Law Commission member and former Secretary for Justice Belinda Clark and former Environment Court Commissioner John Mills, have been appointed to undertake the review.
Wellington-based Belinda Clark recently retired from the Law Commission. She has been a CEO of several entities and has extensive expertise in organisational management, public administration and law.
Also from Wellington, John Mills is a former Environment Court Commissioner, sheep and beef farmer and former regional councillor for Environment Southland. He has significant experience in decision making around the environment and natural resources and knowledge of rural New Zealand.
The review panel is being supported and funded by the Department of Conservation (DOC). The panel is responsible to, and will report to, the Minister of Conservation rather than the department. It is anticipated that the review panel will produce a report by the end of 2020.
23 June 2020