Goals for field of­fi­cer

Fish & Game of­fi­cer keen to tackle his new job

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Im­prov­ing wildlife habi­tat and work­ing closely with Far North iwi, com­mu­nity and hunters are the pos­i­tive goals North­land Fish & Game’s newly-ap­pointed field of­fi­cer is keen to tackle.

John Macpher­son, who lives in Kaitaia and is based there, has pre­vi­ously worked as a farm man­ager and an an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer for the Far North Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Af­fil­i­ated to Nga¯i Takoto, and on the board of the Nga¯i Takoto Fish­eries Trust, he is a keen game bird hunter, a mem­ber of the Far North Sport Shoot­ing Club and a war­ranted firearms in­struc­tor for Moun­tain Safety.

Fish & Game North­land man­ager Rudi Hoet­jes said he was de­lighted with Mr Macpher­son’s ap­point­ment, and he had wasted no time get­ting to grips with the de­mands of his new role.

“John has al­ready be­gun meet­ing iwi, lo­cal peo­ple, forestry com­pa­nies and Crown agen­cies. His aim is to im­prove wet­lands, habi­tat and breed­ing pro­grammes, as well as look­ing af­ter ac­cess, pest con­trol and main­tain­ing and im­prov­ing our hunt­ing her­itage,” Mr Hoet­jes said. Some of his fo­cus would be on prop­er­ties that had been re­turned to iwi as part of Treaty set­tle­ments on the Aupouri Penin­sula.

“Fish & Game hopes to see some of these wet­lands re­stored to their nat­u­ral state so they can once again be­come a habi­tat for all wildlife,” he said.

Mr Macpher­son’s time as a farm man­ager had given him ex­pe­ri­ence in weed and pest con­trol, spray­ing, fenc­ing, fer­tiliser and man­ag­ing staff. He had es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ships that Fish & Game wanted to build on to pro­vide ad­vice and man­age­ment op­tions to help con­trol game birds dam­ag­ing crops and pas­ture.

“In the long term this will hope­fully lead to im­proved op­por­tu­ni­ties for hunter ac­cess,” Mr Hoet­jes said.

The ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge he had gained as an an­i­mal con­trol Of­fi­cer would also be valu­able in his com­pli­ance role with Fish & Game.

Mr Macpher­son is work­ing from the De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion build­ing in Kaitaia, which gave Fish & Game an op­por­tu­nity to work along­side DOC staff on com­mon projects, and with lo­cal iwi.

“We en­cour­age lo­cals, hunters and an­glers in par­tic­u­lar to go and meet John. Ev­ery­one should feel free to drop into the of­fice for a chat so he can learn of any cur­rent con­cerns or is­sues,” Mr Hoet­jes said.

PIC­TURE / SUPPLIED

GOOD KEEN MAN: John Macpher­son is wast­ing no time get­ting stuck into his new job.

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