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NZ Fish & Game Council Has Full Confidence In The Chief Executive

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NZ Fish & Game Council Has Full Confidence In The Chief Executive

Statement by Rob Roney, Chairman, New Zealand Fish & Game Council

The New Zealand Fish & Game Council has full confidence in the Chief Executive, Bryce Johnson.

Recent media coverage of a vote of no confidence by the Central South Island, and Otago, Fish & Game Councils has caused confusion among those not familiar with the New Zealand Fish & Game structure. The Central South Island, and the Otago Fish & Game Councils are two of 13 statutorily independent and autonomous Fish & Game councils in the country, and have no constitutional or statutory power in respect of the New Zealand Council, or any other Fish & Game Council.

In an organisation consisting of twelve regional and one national body there are bound to be issues where perspectives do not always perfectly align. These tensions can be heightened during triennial regional Fish & Game council elections, can arise from persistent and unresolved frustrations over regional environmental issues, and focused toward the New Zealand Council which has different statutory responsibilities from regional councils. The recent Otago and Central South Island actions may be examples of this and I expect that we will be considering ways to resolve these issues when the New Zealand Council meets later this month.

New Zealand Council business is fully transparent and regional Fish and Game councillors from all 12 regions receive personal copies of our minutes.

The New Zealand Council is comprised of appointees from the 12 regional councils and is itself, a statutorily autonomous body with the purpose of representing nationally anglers and hunters and to provide coordination for the management, enhancement and maintenance of sports fish and game.

The New Zealand Council Chief Executive acts under the direction of, and with the full support and confidence of, the New Zealand Council in the discharge of its statutory role.

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