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Find out about the North Canterbury Fish & Game team.

Regional Manager - Rod Cullinane

The new 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 he hopes will bring 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.

Fish & Game Officer:

Steve Terry

Steve has been with North Canterbury Fish & Game since 2000. Steve is responsible for monitoring the salmon fishery in the regin and is also involved in water quality monitoring of key salmon and trout spawning streams, working in collaboration with farmers to protect these valuable streams.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Environmental Science from Lincoln University.  His interests include ocean fishing, scuba diving, hunting and skiing.
 

Fish & Game Officer:

Emily Moore

Emily started with Fish & Game in October 2009. She has worked in a range of roles including public relations, advocacy, education and monitoring.  Emily works part time (two days a week on a Thursday and Friday).

She studied ecology at Lincoln University, and has a particular interest in habitat restoration and enhancement. Her roles at Fish & Game include public relations, access advocacy, habitat restoration and management of Fish & Game controlled land.

In the weekend she is most likely to be found scaring the fish in her white-water kayak.
 

Fish & Game Officer:

Tony Hawker

Tony is originally from a farming background in the Nelson region. Having grown up near the banks of the Motueka River, he has developed a keen interest in fly fishing and also enjoys deer and pig hunting when not out on the river.

He moved to Canterbury in 2000 and joined Fish and Game in 2008 as the Environment Officer. This mainly involved advocating for sports ish and game bird habitat though the resource management process.  In 2012 Tony changed to the role of Fish and Game Officer specialising in the management of trout fisheries, as well as working on resource consents.

Tony is passionate about trout fishing in the North Canterbury area and rates it as one of the best regions in the country for brown trout trophy fishing.
 

Hatchery Manager:

Dirk Barr

Dirk has been involved as a volunteer with salmon and trout enhancement work for over 25 years. In 1995 he took on the signage installation program at Fish & Game. Dirk is also an Honorary Ranger and has an extensive knowledge of the region.

In April 2008 he under took the position of manager at the Fish & Game hatchery at Montrose and at Peacock Springs.  He has also taken on the roles of Gamebird co-ordinator and Compliance within the North Canterbury region.

Dirk is also a keen hunter and angler and his passion for salmon fishing is only surpassed by his passion for enhancement.

In his spare time, not many will find him, but those who do, be assured it won’t be without his rod and rifle, or his trusty hunting companion, Buck his black lab, at his side.
 

Environmental Advisor

Scott Pearson

 Scott's role as Environment Advisor is focused on advocacy for sports fish and game interests, particularly through the Resource Management Act.  He is the region's spokesperson for environmental issues and maintains close co-operation with field staff, along with input into national strategic and PR related matters.

He has been in this role since September 2012, having previously worked to a high level in the tourism industry under both management and marketing roles. 

Qualifications include a Master’s Degree (hons) in Natural Resource Management and an undergraduate degree in Resource Studies, majoring in ecology and land & water management. In his spare time Scott enjoys a range of outdoor pursuits including trout fishing.

Office administrator:

Debbie Ambler

Debbie owned her own business for ten years prior to joining the team in April 2012 and has brought to the organisation a wide variety and extensive range of administrative skills and is usually the first person you meet when you walk into the Fish & Game office. 

Debbie's role includes geneal office administration which encompasses meeting management for staff and Council meetings, North Canterbury Fish and Game's accounts, co-ordination of licence agents and  licence sales within the region, health and safety co-ordinator and helping out staff in general where possible.

You will find Debbie either at the gym, on a golf course, or on a mountain bike (though not as serious a rider as her husband!!).  She also enjoys a good book to wind down.

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