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The major role of Fish & Game New Zealand is to protect the habitat of sports fish and game birds. This includes lobbying for appropriate environmental policies, developing and enhancing wetlands, providing advice, advocating for clean water and environmentally sustainable farming practices, and improving awareness of New Zealand’s outstanding but threatened freshwater resources. This work also benefits anyone who values quality water and wetland environments, and the many species that use these places.

We also use a mix of natural and physical sciences such as research into bird and freshwater habitat, biodiversity, species population control and ecosystem dynamics to control the impact of angling and hunting on freshwater fish and game bird stocks.

In this section you can read more about our work to protect these habitats, as well as information on the role anglers, hunters, landowners and everyone else can play. Also, our submission to the Constitutional Advisory Panel can be read here..

1080 - What you need to know.

Sodium monofluoroacetate or fluoroacetate, which commonly known in pesticide form as 1080. This tasteless, odourless and very water-soluble poison is a very potent metabolic poison.

National Policy Statement for Freshwater

The Minister for the Environment has introduced her changes to the National Policy Statement on Freshwater Management to introduce some national standards.

RMA Reforms

On this page you’ll find useful resources on the RMA and Freshwater Reforms and what you can do to help.

Protecting NZ Fish & Waterways

Fish & Game New Zealand has a statutory duty to help protect the country's natural freshwater resources, which provide the habitat to support healthy fish populations and offer some of the best trout fishing in the world.

Protecting NZ Game Bird Habitats

New Zealand provides a wide range of game birds with suitable habitat, from rugged upland scrubland to lush wetlands filled with plant life. Fish & Game works hard to develop and protect this habitat resource....

The Wildlife Act 1953

Fish & Game New Zealand and all people hunting or fishing in New Zealand must abide by the 1953 Wildlife Act.