Don Hammond (Chair) is self-employed by Hammond Resource Management Ltd as an NZIF Registered Forestry consultant and a biosecurity consultant. Don’s career has involved  commercial and conservation forestry, farming, research and aviation. He has been a recreational and professional hunter for over 35 years and is committed to NZs natural resources.

Stephen Hall (Deputy Chair) is Director of Operations at Taranaki Regional Council. He has over 20 years experience across all aspects of natural resource management, both as a consultant and local government employee. Stephen has a strong interest and passion for both NZs big game animals and our natural environment and has been a recreational hunter since childhood and enjoy many other outdoor activities including fishing, tramping and photography.

Roger Duxfield is a self-employed dairy farmer and tourism operator as well as a part-time electrical contractor. He is a recreational hunter with knowledge of safety, conservation and bush lore. He has undertaken helicopter work for live capture, venison recovery and transporting clients. He has also worked as a professional hunting guide and in the deer import/export business. Roger is life member of the NZ professional Hunting Guides Association.

Carol Watson has been self-employed since 1996 and is co-owner of the retail and distribution business, Advanced Archery NZ. She is an archery coach, archery coach trainer, bowhunting mentor and advisor to the outdoor/adventure tourism industry. Carol is an experienced bowhunter and enjoys helping new bowhunters be more successful. She is also the National Coaching Director for the National Archery in the Schools Programme.

Richard Burdon is Director of Glen Dene Hunting Ltd, the Lake Hawea Holiday Park, and Landward Management. He has a background in deer and general farming, managing a hunting business and professional hunting guides, forestry, nature conservation, ecological management, environmental consulting, and other land based issues associated with the rural sector. Richard’s is a member of NZ Professional Hunting Guides Association and is on the executive of the NZ Association of Game Estates.

Rachael Dean is a self-employed finance, systems and business consultant plus director and Shareholder in ECE Services and Staff Ltd. She has over 30 years’ experience across many aspects of accounting, project management, business systems, strategy, property, operational auditing and governance. Rachael has a strong commitment to NZ’s outdoors and in ensuring NZers are able to continue to hunt and make a valuable contribution to the environment. Rachael is a recreational shooter and is involved in a number of firearms clubs as well as being a board member of COLFO.

Steve McFall is a Past President and life member of the Te Kuiti Pig Hunting Club and has given considerable time to supporting pig hunting including as an inaugural member of the NZGAC. Having been involved in judging competitions since 2001 Steve was a founding member of the Ridgeline Judging System. Steve also represented pig hunters at a government-led 1080 hui in Kaikoura in 2005. Steve spent 20 years managing dry stock farms and is a trustee and Past President of the Oparau Station Trust. Steve and wife Marilyn are now directors of their own septic tank cleaning business.

Sharon Salmons MBA is based in Queenstown and is a self employed business/marketing consultant specialising in tourism and outdoor activities.  She has been secretary for the NZDA Southern Lakes Branch since 2012  and also sits on a number of outdoor related committee groups. She is a keen hunter and tramper and brings marketing and tourism skills to the council. Sharon has experience and a strong commitment to good communication/education on all hunting aspects in particular access and the more complicated bureaucratic issues.

General Manager

Tim Gale has a long standing involvement in biosecurity and professional hunting both commercially and as a government employee. He has experience in ground operations through to policy and governance. He has been a recreational and professional hunter for over 23 years. He is involved in and is passionate about training and equipping hunters to be safe and successful, and has published magazine articles, co-authored a hunting book, co-produced a hunter training DVD, produced digital hunting content and leads firearm and hunter training courses. Tim is enthusiastic about helping recreational hunters be safe and successful in their chosen activity. His vision for the GAC is to continue to represent the interests of the hunting sector and improve the management of New Zealand’s unique hunting resources while contributing to positive conservation outcomes.

Council Meeting Minutes