Goals for field officer
Fish & Game officer keen to tackle his new job
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.
GOOD KEEN MAN: John Macpherson is wasting no time getting stuck into his new job.