Council Profiles

Don HammondDon Hammond (Chairman)

Current employment: Self-employed by Hammond Resource Management Ltd as an NZIF Registered Forestry consultant and a biosecurity consultant

Skills: commercial forestry (35 years forestry knowledge); conservation forestry (experience in indigenous forest establishment and management); farming (13 years as deer farmer, now has drystock and dairy); research (biosecurity, population dynamics, control mechanisms); aviation (aerial animal control, surveillance); hunter

Outdoor interests: recreational hunter for 35+ years (professional and meat hunter), tramping, camping, fishing, committed to the sustainable mgmt of NZs natural resources

  • Independent Board member of Bioprotection Centre of Research Excellence (Lincoln)
  • NZIF Registration Board member (2007 – present)
  • NZIF Council member (1995-2002)
  • Board member of Better Border Biosecurity – a $70m Govt funded research programme (2009-2012)
  • Member of NZ Forest Owners Assn and NZ Farm Forestry Assn
  • Past member of NZ Deer Farmers Assn
  • 35 years experience in natural and commercial forest mgmt, including recreation, wild animal control operations, re-establishment of native forest areas


Dr Geoff Kerr

Geoff KerrCurrent employment: Professor of Environmental Mgmt, Lincoln University, at Lincoln in various roles since 1982

Skills: scientific research on recreational hunting (economics, hunter behaviour and preferences); experienced recreational hunter; limited hunting guide experience

Outdoor interests: recreational hunting, tramping, white water kayaking, photography

  • Transit NZ: Economic Advisory Group (early 1990s)
  • LTSA: Value of life and safety advisory group (1997-99)
  • Federal Councillor of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society (2011-13)
  • Current Committee member of the NZ Ag and Res Eco Committee
  • BA, MA, PhD (environmental economics) – lengthy research history on recreational mgmt, environmental valuation and resource allocation
  • Full member of the Environmental Inst of Aus and NZ
  • 230+ publications
  • Expert witness before the Environment Court and consent hearings regarding economic effects of alternative resource uses
  • Several research projects for DOC

Geoff has 45 years of big game hunting experience. Apart from hunting, he has spent a lot of time in the South Island high country tramping, kayaking, running, and competing in adventure races. Geoff’s primary interest in hunting is simply being out amongst the animals and keeping the freezer full. He loves introducing new hunters to the pleasures of the outdoors, and increasingly uses a camera in preference to a rifle. Geoff is an NZDA member.

Geoff is professor of environmental management at Lincoln University, with particular expertise in environmental economics. He has an extensive research programme on game animal management,  recreational hunting, and finding ways to manage and allocate resources in ways that enhance their benefits for society as a whole.


Roger Duxfield

Roger Duxfield

Current employment: Self-employed dairy farmer (since 1983), Self-employed tourism operator by Experience New Zealand (since 1983), part-time electrical contractor
Skills: recreational hunter (all game species), knowledge of safety, conservation and bush lore; helicopter work for live capture and venison recovery, and transporting clients; professional hunting guide; deer import/export business; communication and governance
Outdoor interests: enjoys taking people hunting and fishing, empowering physically disadvantaged people, introducing young people to hunting and teaching them safety and outdoor skills, sharing NZ with high yield low impact tourists

  • 2008-present appointed to the Game Animal Establishment Committee by Hon Steve Chadwick
  • 1979 started as a wrangler then guided in Canada’s Yukon territory for 6 seasons
  • Established a professional hunting guide business in 1983, still involved in a consultancy capacity
  • 1988 Member of NZ Registered Hunting Guides Ass. then member of  Professional Hunting Guides Assn, from establishment in 1991, currently an elected executive member - 21 years service (10 as President), awarded a Life Membership
  • 2000 onwards, manned the NZPHGA promotional booth at the Safari Club International tradeshow in the USA
  • 2001-03 assisted TIA to develop “Quality Tourism Standards” in association with Adventure Tourism Council
  • 2005 initiated process with DOC to secure a National Concession for Guided Hunting on DOC managed PCL, process completed in 2012
  • 2010 assisted in creating the ‘Standards’ for Guided Hunting in NZ
  • Co-author of the OSH Mgmt System for Guided Hunting in NZ and the Helicopter Operations Manual Safety Mgmt System for Guided Hunting in NZ
  • Past member NZ Deer Farmers’ Assn
  • Member of NZ Tourism Industry Assn

Keen to provide hunters with accurate information on how to better access our public land for the purpose of hunting. For the new entrant hunter we need to build on the existing training opportunities that are available. This will ensure that others can safely experience some of the hunting opportunities that I have enjoyed. My family all hold firearms licenses and the formation of this Game Animal Council will go a long way making sure that their children will still have the opportunity to hunt game animals freely in New Zealand.  


Alec McIver

Alec McIverCurrent employment: self-employed and director – McIver Engineering Ltd, established Feb 2005 – present

Skills: Past NZDA Rotorua branch president and National president; keen and active game hunter for 30 years; involved in the possum fur industry; iwi ctte chair on NZDA board

Outdoor interests: deer stalking (meat and trophy), pig hunting with dogs, salt/freshwater fishing, whio protection, tramping, game fowl hunting, sports – rugby, cricket, kayaking

  • NZDA Rotorua branch president 2001-06, national president 2007-12
  • Possum Fibre Procurement Agent for Basically Bush Ltd
  • Involved in Treaty settlement talks between Crown and Tuhoe, and Crown and Ngati Haua
  • Actively involved in GAC from its conception, been involved in promoting and educating NZDA branches, MPs and other conservation, hunting and wildlife groups on the advantages of a GAC
  • Hunted game animals throughout NZ on PCL
  • Played a key role in implementation of Whio Conservation project with NZDA and DOC
  • Involved in Fiordland Wapiti Herd Mgmt programme
  • Involved in NZDA Rotorua branch hut restoration project in the Whirinaki Forest Park
  • Tuhoe, Ngati Whare, Ngati Maniapoto, Tainui


Garry Ottmann

Gary OttmannCurrent employment: self-employed, company director, and contractor

Skills: BSc in Zoology and 19 years working experience in all aspects of hunting and wild animal mgmt, conservation biology, policy formulation, and governance; range of NGO memberships relevant to game animals and hunting; currently involved in research projects on wapiti, tahr and whitetail deer; member of 3 govt committees and carried out 3 public consultation processes on the mgmt of game animals; current and extensive knowledge and experience of recreational and commercial hunting, deer farming, hunting-related tourism

Outdoor interests: hunter and angler since childhood

  • 1996-7 member of Ministerial/DOC working group establishing a national deer control plan
  • 2007-08 member of the Ministerial Panel on Managing Numbers of Deer, Chamois, Tahr and Wild Pigs
  • 2008 – present, Chairman of the NZ Big Game Hunting Council Establishment Committee
  • 2001-06 Otago F&G Councillor
  • 2006-10 North Canterbury F&G Councillor
  • Current member of Stewart Is pest mgmt liaison group, wapiti area mgmt team, tahr liaison group, Kaweka mountain beech liaison group, Tokoroa pig hunting group, southern aerial game recovery association
  • NZPHA National Executive
  • Administered the South Island Canada Goose Mgmt Plan for 6 years, completed the drafting and consultation for the first review
  • Drafted the Wapiti Area Mgmt Programme for inclusion in the Fiordland NPMP



Carol Watson

Carol WatsonCurrent employment: self-employed since 1996, co-owner of Advanced Archery NZ, retail and distribution business – archery and bowhunting equipment

Skills: business accounts, business management, archery coach, archery coach trainer, bowhunter, bowhunting mentor, outdoor writer, trainer and adviser to archery experience providers in the outdoor/adventure tourism industry

Outdoor interests: bowhunting for food gathering and trophy hunting

  • Director, Advanced Archery NZ – current
  • Chairman, the National Archery in Schools Programme NZ, a charitable trust – current
  • Archery Instructor Trainer Specialist, National Archery in Schools Programme NZ, a charitable trust – current
  • Commonwealth Games Archery Coach, Norfolk Island Archery Team, 2010
  • 10 years primary school teaching including positions as Senior Teacher and Relieving Principal, between 1985-96

Carol Watson is a mum to three and manages Advanced Archery, an archery and bowhunting specialist business she and husband Kevin have owned in Auckland since 1996. Working in the industry Carol puts a great deal of time and energy into growing the sport of bowhunting in New Zealand and helping new bowhunters to be more successful.

She is also the National Coaching Director for the National Archery in the Schools Programme NZ (NASP),  a charitable trust giving schools the opportunity to offer archery as a part of their PE programme. 

Carol hunts exclusively with a bow and is an accomplished bowhunter who enjoys hunting in New Zealand and internationally.

Teaching archery skills, training coaches and introducing new people to to bowhunting is a passion.


Stephen Hall

Stephen HallCurrent Employment: Director Operations Taranaki Regional Council

Skills: 20+ years experience across all aspects of natural resource management, both as a consultant & local government employee. Experience across management of - land, water, biodiversity, coastal, rivers, recreation, biosecurity, restoration ecology, & nature conservation; particular skills include – governance, strategy development, planning, operations & research; farming; hunter.

Outdoor interests: I have a strong interest & passion for both NZs big game animals & our natural environment. I have been a recreational hunter since childhood & enjoy many other outdoor activities including - fishing, tramping, camping, snorkelling & photography.

  • Various local government & government working groups;
  • Bio Managers Chair - Regional Council special interest group relating to biosecurity, biodiversity;
  • National Wilding Conifer Governance Group member;
  • Nature Space Governance Group member
  • Biosecurity Act review working group including Future of Pest Management & National Policy Direction member;
  • National Biodiversity Collaborative Group Regional Council observer;
  • Ballance Farm Environment Award Taranaki committee member & judge


Richard Burdon

Richard BurdonCurrent employment: Self-employed, Director of Glen Dene Hunting Ltd and the Lake Hawea Holiday Park (Glen Dene Holdings Limited), Landward Management Director.
Skills: deer farming and general farming, managing a hunting business and their professional hunting guides, forestry, nature conservation, good knowledge of ecological management, environmental consulting, sustainability reports, property management, tourism and other land based issues associated with the rural sector, broad knowledge of game animal issues.
Outdoor interests:  stock judging, recreational and commercial hunting, fishing, skiing, mountain biking, strong interest in public conservation land and conservation issues, interest and involvement with the Deer Farming Industry NZ to achieve sustainable land and water management.

  • Member of New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association (NZPHGA)
  • Executive of New Zealand Association of Game Estates (NZAGE)
  • Director Hawea Irrigation Company
  • Executive for the Otago Rural Support Trust
  • Member of Safari Club International (SCI)
  • Past President of Otago Federated Farmers (2010 – 2013)

Richard and his family are managing the Glen Dene Hawea Property as the 3rd generation and are running a growing international hunting business. Richards aim is to provide an eco friendly balance between present land usage and tourism. Successfully blending farming, recreation and conservation is the key to a sustainable future for him.
Richard is a member of the NZPHGA and the continued improvement of guided hunting is a priority for his business in order to provide a professional and safe experience for New Zealand’s visiting hunters.


Rachael Dean

Rachael DeanCurrent employment – Self-employed finance, systems and business consultant plus director and Shareholder in ECE Services and Staff Ltd.

Skills - 30+ years’ experience in the roles of consultant, business owner or employee across many aspects of accounting, project management, business systems, strategy, property, operational auditing and governance. Sectors worked in include public, commercial and not for profit in both Australasia England and Europe. Rural firearms spokesperson on a number of government committee.

Outdoor Interests

High country sheep station background with a strong commitment to NZ’s outdoors and to ensuring NZers are able to continue to hunt both to keep the freezer full and for sport and recreation and to continue to make their valuable contribution to caring for NZ’s environment. Recreational shooter.

  • Sport Waikato - Board Trustee
  • Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ) - Board member & National Finance Chair & firearms spokesperson
  • Executive member Waipa King Country Provincial RWNZ
  • Member Firearms Community Advisory Forum (NCAF)
  • Member Subcommittee on firearms storage (Subcommittee of NCAF)
  • Member Committee to develop policy on firearms in Schools
  • Member Hamilton Pistol Club
  • Board member COLFO (Council of Licensed Firearms Owners)
  • Member NZ Service Rifle Association
  • Member Otorohanga Rifle Club
  • Member Antique Arms