Ministerial review into Fish & Game released


Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has released a report outlining recommendations to strengthen the governance and good management practices within NZ Fish & Game.

Fish & Game manages sport fishing and game bird hunting across New Zealand and has had an unaltered structure since it was set up in 1990.

The report is the result of a ministerial review initiated last year by former Minister Sage in order to ensure Fish & Game’s governance and structure were “fit for purpose” today.

The independent review, undertaken by Belinda Clark and John Mills, found Fish & Game plays an important role in environmental advocacy and stewardship. It also identified significant opportunities to strengthen governance and management good practices.

“These opportunities to strengthen governance and good practice are something Fish & Game can proceed with immediately – indeed some of these actions are already underway,” Dr Ayesha Verrall said.

“I am releasing this report today so the organisation has good guidance from the review.”

“There is a second group of recommendations which would require legislative change. As Acting Minister I am seeking further advice from the Department of Conservation on these, as they require careful consideration by the Government, given policy and legislative implications.”

Read the review