The manager of North Canterbury Fish & Game comes from a different background from its past managers whom have traditionally been promoted from field based roles.
Rod Cullinane is a qualified lawyer and accountant with a long history of corporate management that brings a different perspective to the organisation. The Council hired Rod to bring just this new perspective.
Rod will also bring an understanding of returning home empty handed from a fishing trip – an experience all anglers have from time to time! Rod says when he heads out to the lakes his wife says “Rod’s going fishing - we’re having sausages for dinner.”
Rod learned to fish as a youngster on annual family holidays to Taupo, trolling on the lake and flyfishing on rivers such as the Waitahanui. He admits he has had much less success since moving down to the South Island, but hopes to rectify this. His favourite place to fish in Canterbury is the Coleridge lakes, such as Selfe and Georgina. He has never been salmon fishing but is keen to learn.
In his time at Fish & Game Rod plans to review the structure of the organisation and make it more efficient. “I want to look at whether we are doing justice to the different areas we are managing. Can we do things more efficiently?” he says.
One of the things Rod hopes to tackle in his time at Fish & Game is to make sure the hatchery is operating at its best. “North Canterbury is fortunate in that it has one of the largest hatcheries producing sports fish in the South Island. Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for our region, but it enables us to support other regions.”
He adds that North Canterbury is also unique in that it faces some of the toughest challenges to its waterways and fishery. “There needs to be a transformation in the farming sector - there is an obligation from this industry to preserve our natural assets from pollution,” says Rod. He plans to carry on the strong advocacy role that Fish & Game has shown in this area.