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Licence sale terms and conditions

A Fish and Game Council's sports fishing or game bird hunting licence is valid for the region specified on the licence if it is a 'Local Area Licence' or throughout New Zealand (excluding the Taupo Fishing District) for all other Fish and Game licence categories.

In becoming a Fish and Game licence holder you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions.

Buying a licence

A range of licences to choose from - Make sure you know which licence you are eligible to buy and which one best suits the time and range of fishing or hunting you wish to do. Check the Fish & Game website: www.fishandgame.org.nz for details.

Means of purchase - Licences can be purchased from Fish & Game licence agents or 'retailers' using the Agency Online facility or purchased through the Fish & Game website. It is also possible to purchase a licence via the 0800 Licence number (0800 542 362) if you do not wish to do so electronically.

Applying for a licence online - By applying for a licence in electronic form an applicant consents to the provision of the licence in that form in accordance with the Electronic Transaction Act 2002.

Applicant's Information - An applicant must specify the licence holder's full name, postal address, telephone number (if any), and date of birth.

Valid Licence - A licence is not valid until the holder has signed his or her usual signature in the space provided for the purpose on the plastic licence, or by means of an electronic signature on a digital licence.

Licensed to fish or hunt - A licence is not transferable to a person who is not named on the licence.

A receipt and a 'plastic' licence - When buying a licence over the internet or the 0800 licence number (0800 542 362) you will receive via email, immediately on confirmation of payment, a receipt with licence number and details. This receipt is your licence if buying a short term licence. If you buy a winter or any category of whole season licence, a receipt will be sent by email immediately, followed by a 'plastic' licence sent to your postal address. If your 'plastic' licence has not arrived in the post after 10 days from the time of issue, please contact the licence administrator at - fishandgame@eyede.com

Regulations guide - All licence holders must comply with the regulations set by Fish and Game Councils. A free copy of these regulations is available to the licence holder at the time of buying a licence. They are also available on the Fish & Game website www.fishandgame.org.nz and the NZ Gazette website www.gazette.govt.nz Note that these regulations are strict liability offences which means ignorance of the existence of them is no excuse.

Providing licence details

Information is secure - Fish & Game will keep secure any information provided when you apply for a licence, use it to communicate with you when you agree, and will not provide it to any third party without your prior consent. Please contact a Fish & Game office if you have any concern about its use of your personal information.

Data security - The payment pages on the licence site use current encryption techniques to safeguard access and information. Users are asked to read any terms and conditions or disclaimers attached to individual pages. For payment of sports fish and game bird licences we use ANZ eGate.

Keep abreast of changes - Provision of your email address allows Fish & Game to provide you with up-to-date information and seek your feedback on Fish & Game related matters. Your email details will not be used for this purpose unless you have indicated in completing the application form your willingness to receive further information from Fish & Game.

Cancellation, return and refund policy - If at any time of payment you decide that the amount you entered was incorrect or you wish to cancel your order for a licence please contact our 0800 Licence number (0800 542 362) for a refund. A refund on a Day licence must occur prior to the 24-hours specified on the licence. Refunds on licences that have been used remain at the discretion of the Fish and Game Council office.

Upgrades, no down-grades - You may be able to upgrade your licence under certain conditions but only within two weeks of purchase. If you have purchased a licence from a licence agent or 'retailer' then contact your local Fish & Game office who will advise the conditions under which you may upgrade your licence. If you purchased your licence via the internet on the Fish & Game website or by using the 0800 Licence number (0800 542 362) then contact the licence administrator at - fishandgame@eyede.com No down-grades on any category is permitted.

Licensed to fish or hunt

Must hold a licence - It is an offence to take sports fish or game birds at any time, unless that person is the holder of a licence and does so during the open season. Fishing or hunting without the appropriate licence is also deemed to be doing so without a licence.

Licence is a permit to fish or hunt - Your licence is a permit to fish for sports fish or hunt for game in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish and Game region in which you are fishing or hunting. Please note there are two levels of regulations, those that apply country wide (First Schedule) and those specific to each region (Second Schedule). If you are in any doubt about these regulations please contact a Fish and Game Council office.

Carry your licence with you - Always carry your licence with you when you're fishing or hunting. If a Fish and Game ranger with a warrant or a police officer asks to see your licence, it is an offence if you do not have it with you. Some form of positive identification, i.e. a driver's licence is also recommended to be carried so that you can prove who you are to a ranger or police officer.

Lawful occupier of land - Any person who is the lawful occupier of any land may fish or hunt within such land without a licence, during the period and upon such terms and conditions specified by the relevant Fish and Game Council. This does not include along legal roads or marginal strips adjacent to the occupier's property.

Licence is not a right of access - A licence does not confer any right of entry upon the land of any person without his or her consent.

Tagged fish or banded game bird

Return any tags - If any of the fish you catch have tags attached to them, please return the tags together with the details (length, weight, location and method of capture) to the local Fish and Game Council. This information is essential to allow Fish & Game to effectively manage the fishery.

Return any bands - Similarly, if you have a banded bird in your bag please report it. An easy option is via the fish and game website. Band information provides Fish & Game with important details about the survival and movement of game birds.

Other information

Respect the code of conduct -Maintain a good standard of sportsmanship when fishing or hunting - treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. Refer to the fishing or hunting 'Code of Practice' in the respective regulation guides for details.

Your Fish and Game Council office - Further information is available by contacting a Fish and Game Council office. The contact details are in the fishing regulation guides and on the website - click on the interactive map to find out more about a Council or the region.

Licence sale terms and conditions

A Fish and Game Council's sports fishing or game bird hunting licence is valid for the region specified on the licence if it is a 'Local Area Licence' or throughout New Zealand (excluding the Taupo Fishing District) for all other Fish and Game licence categories.

In becoming a Fish and Game licence holder you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by the following terms and conditions.

Buying a licence

A range of licences to choose from - Make sure you know which licence you are eligible to buy and which one best suits the time and range of fishing or hunting you wish to do. Check the Fish & Game website: www.fishandgame.org.nz for details.

Means of purchase - Licences can be purchased from Fish & Game licence agents or 'retailers' using the Agency Online facility or purchased through the Fish & Game website. It is also possible to purchase a licence via the 0800 Licence number (0800 542 362) if you do not wish to do so electronically.

Applying for a licence online - By applying for a licence in electronic form an applicant consents to the provision of the licence in that form in accordance with the Electronic Transaction Act 2002.

Applicant's Information - An applicant must specify the licence holder's full name, postal address, telephone number (if any), and date of birth.

Valid Licence - A licence is not valid until the holder has signed his or her usual signature in the space provided for the purpose on the plastic licence, or by means of an electronic signature on a digital licence.

Licensed to fish or hunt - A licence is not transferable to a person who is not named on the licence.

A receipt and a 'plastic' licence - When buying a licence over the internet or the 0800 licence number (0800 542 362) you will receive via email, immediately on confirmation of payment, a receipt with licence number and details. This receipt is your licence if buying a short term licence. If you buy a winter or any category of whole season licence, a receipt will be sent by email immediately, followed by a 'plastic' licence sent to your postal address. If your 'plastic' licence has not arrived in the post after 10 days from the time of issue, please contact the licence administrator at - fishandgame@eyede.com

Regulations guide - All licence holders must comply with the regulations set by Fish and Game Councils. A free copy of these regulations is available to the licence holder at the time of buying a licence. They are also available on the Fish & Game website www.fishandgame.org.nz and the NZ Gazette website www.gazette.govt.nz Note that these regulations are strict liability offences which means ignorance of the existence of them is no excuse.

Providing licence details

Information is secure - Fish & Game will keep secure any information provided when you apply for a licence, use it to communicate with you when you agree, and will not provide it to any third party without your prior consent. Please contact a Fish & Game office if you have any concern about its use of your personal information.

Data security - The payment pages on the licence site use current encryption techniques to safeguard access and information. Users are asked to read any terms and conditions or disclaimers attached to individual pages. For payment of sports fish and game bird licences we use ANZ eGate.

Keep abreast of changes - Provision of your email address allows Fish & Game to provide you with up-to-date information and seek your feedback on Fish & Game related matters. Your email details will not be used for this purpose unless you have indicated in completing the application form your willingness to receive further information from Fish & Game.

Cancellation, return and refund policy - If at any time of payment you decide that the amount you entered was incorrect or you wish to cancel your order for a licence please contact our 0800 Licence number (0800 542 362) for a refund. A refund on a Day licence must occur prior to the 24-hours specified on the licence. Refunds on licences that have been used remain at the discretion of the Fish and Game Council office.

Upgrades, no down-grades - You may be able to upgrade your licence under certain conditions but only within two weeks of purchase. If you have purchased a licence from a licence agent or 'retailer' then contact your local Fish & Game office who will advise the conditions under which you may upgrade your licence. If you purchased your licence via the internet on the Fish & Game website or by using the 0800 Licence number (0800 542 362) then contact the licence administrator at - fishandgame@eyede.com No down-grades on any category is permitted.

Licensed to fish or hunt

Must hold a licence - It is an offence to take sports fish or game birds at any time, unless that person is the holder of a licence and does so during the open season. Fishing or hunting without the appropriate licence is also deemed to be doing so without a licence.

Licence is a permit to fish or hunt - Your licence is a permit to fish for sports fish or hunt for game in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish and Game region in which you are fishing or hunting. Please note there are two levels of regulations, those that apply country wide (First Schedule) and those specific to each region (Second Schedule). If you are in any doubt about these regulations please contact a Fish and Game Council office.

Carry your licence with you - Always carry your licence with you when you're fishing or hunting. If a Fish and Game ranger with a warrant or a police officer asks to see your licence, it is an offence if you do not have it with you. Some form of positive identification, i.e. a driver's licence is also recommended to be carried so that you can prove who you are to a ranger or police officer.

Lawful occupier of land - Any person who is the lawful occupier of any land may fish or hunt within such land without a licence, during the period and upon such terms and conditions specified by the relevant Fish and Game Council. This does not include along legal roads or marginal strips adjacent to the occupier's property.

Licence is not a right of access - A licence does not confer any right of entry upon the land of any person without his or her consent.

Tagged fish or banded game bird

Return any tags - If any of the fish you catch have tags attached to them, please return the tags together with the details (length, weight, location and method of capture) to the local Fish and Game Council. This information is essential to allow Fish & Game to effectively manage the fishery.

Return any bands - Similarly, if you have a banded bird in your bag please report it. An easy option is via the fish and game website. Band information provides Fish & Game with important details about the survival and movement of game birds.

Other information

Respect the code of conduct -Maintain a good standard of sportsmanship when fishing or hunting - treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. Refer to the fishing or hunting 'Code of Practice' in the respective regulation guides for details.

Your Fish and Game Council office - Further information is available by contacting a Fish and Game Council office. The contact details are in the fishing regulation guides and on the website - click on the interactive map to find out more about a Council or the region.