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Newsletter Jan 2019

In this edition

Meeting Minutes

DOC updates

Dates for the diary

Contact Details

Next catch up Thu 28th Feb


Arrowtown Bowling Club

6 Hertford Street, Arrowtown

Bar opens from 6.30pm

Map available on this link


I recently got asked about membership and meeting attendance requirements 

So just a note to reassure some of you, the monthly meetings are NOT compulsary - in fact we have a number of members that can't for many reasons attend the meetings and that is fine.

The meetings are there solely to discuss hunting issues, have a good yarn and social catch up, meet new hunting buddies and so even if you haven't been for ages, don't feel you can't be a member or turn up out the blue. And of course we're always on the end of a phone or email address if you have any questions.
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Guest Speaker Cam Mckay

Thanks to Cam who came to chat to the meeting about his business Points South and the clothing we sells, he brought in a selection of samples and talked about his story. 

Cam also manages a blog which frequently has a number of articles about hunting - often educational ones - see the most recent about caping out a trophy - CLICK HERE

Minutes from Meeting 26th Jan 2019

Meeting opened at 7.30pm  and concluded at 8.40pm

Apologies and minutes

Received from: -  Anara Hocking, Wayne Atkins, Jacque Lattimore, Shaun Moloney, Terry Youngman, Pete Morrison

Moved that the minutes from the last meeting is a true and accurate account moved by Andy Smith and 2nd by Al Gay

General Correspondence In:

Hunter liaison meeting with DOC

Sharon, Alan and Al Gay attended the quarterly meeting with DOC on the 1st Nov 2018
The minutes and topics discussed in that meeting are available on this link 

Areas covered included:-
  • The new Mt Creighton conservation land that came out of the recent Tenure review (Basically Tenure Review is when the landowner goes through a LINZ process to keep some of the land and the rest gets handed back to DOC)  - interesting article on Stuff today about this Read it here
  • The recent WARO consultation (at the time of the meeting no decisions had been made)
  • The National Park plan (Mt Aspiring) which we were advised is about to go under review so would be good for us to be familiar with it so we can suggest any changes etc

Stoat traps checked and audited by DOC

Sandra from DOC did a complete stoat trap check in Steele Creek and has given us a list of the traps with pins missing and ones where the traps are coming away from the boxes. Will Lash offered to go and fix these - which he has done and details of that in the meeting and the next newsletter (Thanks heaps Will!)

Rent Review on the DOC huts

We received 2 bills for the annual lease of the huts.
We currently have a 30 year lease from DOC on both huts but our lease costs around $1150 each year  per hut, plus the $287 odd management fee they charge.
So in exchange for doing conservation work (ie the stoat traps) we have to send regular reports on these traps for them to waive the fees. We moved to an online reporting system about 3 years ago and this is called Anyone can request to be a member for free and look online at the data and results. 

We have since sent the data  and a report off to DOC and waiting to hear if they will waive our fees but Sharon asked in the meeting if there was anyone keen to help keep the data input up to date. A few indicated they could be keen so this is still to be done for checks done last year. 

Click on the below image to go to the registration page, Once you are registered you can request membership of our project on this link

WARO consulation

We received details back about the latest WARO consultation.
(Waro is Wild Animal Recovery Operations where heli operators have a permit to harvest deer from helihunting, more info is on the DOC site)

The main local area of interest is that the Nevis Conservation area is proposed to be WARO, and that Mt Cook area now included where Tahr are (not deer) – so the club AND individuals needed to submit again on this before 15th Feb – it was so pleasing to see that a large number of members did this, thanks for making the effort. Results not out yet
Images below are Waro maps 15 showing the Nevis area and are before and after the review - note black areas were new proposals

The Mount Cook National Plan 

This is under review and submissions were due 4th Feb

Range Committee

After a suggestion and motion in the Nov meeting, a range committee has started to be formed looking at the viability of a range in the Cardrona Valley 45 mins drive from Frankton as all other options may not be possible in the local area
The range committee still need to get going to set out a set of objectives and outcomes and this will be available to everyone. No extra people came forward after asking in the Nov meeting and we still need a chair to drive it, so to date we have:
Simon, Jake, Brendon, Shaun, Mike 

Jonno put his hand up to help too 

Due to the holiday, no progress has been made on this yet

Correspondence from National Office

Membership Information

Head office are still preparing to change over to the new database system so a reminder that if you move house, or change emails, you need to let Melissa know so your insurance details are correct

National Conference dates

The dates have been set 16th and 17th August, in Wellington – anyone keen to attend?

Regional Meeting

This is on the 17th March in Dunedin – Again anyone keen to attend? 
Katie Dugan and Sharon Salmons will be attending but anyone else keen is welcome

Correspondence out

  • Replies to above and a summary of all our members WARO submissions was sent to NATEX (National Executive - head office) 

Presidents Update

A&P show 

Nathan  thanked everyone that helped at the A&P burger stand fundraiser - we made about $2k profit so thanks everyone for all your help.

New President

The AGM in May is where the committee and positions such as President, Treasurer , Secretary etc are elected. Nathan talked to the meeting to say that due to work commitments and his growing kids, he would not be standing for re election at the AGM in May. So this means we will be looking for a new president in May

The way the positions are SUPPOSED to work is that a few people put their hand up to be president and come forward in advance;  and on the AGM night they get to present their case and then the members decide who they want and elect the new committee member

What ACTUALLY happens is that no one puts their hand up so that the existing committee members have to stay and then get re-elected.
In the case of a vacant position, you tend to get asked to stand or worse still get "nominated" or "dobbed in" to the position especially if you are not present in the meeting.

It would be great to have a few people could come forward this time round, don't worry if you don't know a thing about what you are supposed to do, the existing committee (and Sharon) can help lots and will always explain and you aren't expected to know it all from day one.
Time wise - is as little or as much as you can give, Maybe attending a few extra events/meetings or giving comment on a few of the emails we receive would be ideal.

If president is not for you, there are various roles so that the jobs get split up and  issues shared are much easier than just one person doing everything. Maybe have a think about standing for general committee so that you can see what goes on and slowly decide if you want to be involved a bit more. We also really need people to help with the submissions (which seem to be coming fast and plentiful at the moment) 

If you are keen to start to learn a bit more about the background stuff that goes on and the running of the club, feel free to chat to Sharon or past committee members to find out more

Treasurers Report 

Balance was $ 54,3388 as of meeting date
Hut takings since last meeting were $3325 (2 months worth) 

Bills to pay
  • rental of radios for the Goat Cull $230
  • Thermal Cupling for replacement in the gas cooker in the Caples $90
  • BBQ hire for the A&P show $144.38

    Motion to pay moved by Brendon Colemore WIlliams and 2nd by Brandon Gunst  


Number of members paid are currently at 135 although we suspect there are many more once we do an audit with head office 

New invoices for membership @ $95 for a senior and $5 each family member will be coming out in the next month or so and due for payment by the 1st April

Welcome to the new members 

Justin Bain

Hunts and club trips coming up

Alan Mackie spoke about a farmer happy for us to shoot bunnies on his property near Alexandra, he will go back to the farmer and get some dates in the diary

General Business

Birthday Girl

Sharon Salmons recently turned the BIG FIVE OHHH and was having a birthday party on the 2nd Feb - everyone was invited.
Thanks to everyone that came - who knew an adult bouncy castle could be so much fun!

DOC’s Dilemma: Balancing biodiversity and visitors.

by Catalyst Trust Queenstown

The Catalyst Trust is hosting Lou Sanson next Friday at the Rees Hotel to chat about balancing the needs of the visitor and biodiversity. The event is open to the public and free although a recommended $5 donation is suggested on the door, register on this link if you are keen to attend

Event Details

Friday, March 8, 6-7.30 PM,
The Rees Hotel Queenstown, Conference Room.
$5 donation at door. Tickets available from Eventbrite:

 Dates for the Diary

28 Feb - Monthly meeting

8 Mar - Lou Sanson @DOC is speaking in town

17 Mar - Regional Meeting Dunedin

28 Mar - Monthly Meeting

1 Apr - Membership renewals to be paid by

1 - 10 April - Steele Creek Ballot spaces available 

25 Apr - Monthly Meeting

30 May - AGM and Monthly meeting

21 Jun - Winter Festival Burger stand fundraiser


Bring a friend 

Now that we have a great venue, feel free to bring any friends to the club night meetings you think may be interested in joining.

No charge to attend their first meeting

Club Contacts

General Enquiries

021 942 328

Bank Account
ASB: 12-3405-0071329-00



Nathan Wise 021 792 010

Vice President 

Brendon Colemore Williams  021 671 000


Roger Slow 027 281 3571


Sharon Salmons  021 942 328


Melissa Jager  027 392 3692

Tenur Review Officers

Alan Mackie  03 448 6536
Shaun Molony   027 442 1605

Hunts course Co-ordinators

Peter 'Dodgy' Henderson  
NOTE new number 020 4144 9272
Shaun Moloney
Paul Dayman 

Stoats Traps

Simon Brackstone
Roger Slow

Hut Bookings   021 942 328

Online booking available

Club Hunt Co-ordinators

Andy Pedley   021 606 545
Jonno Greer 027 450 7411

Trophy Custodian

Alex Ritchie 021 0248 7086
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