Hunters and DOC often seem to be seen as opponents, when the reality is that we both have very much in common. Hunting is a conservation activity, if for no other reason than the fact that hunters are out amongst it, enjoying and revelling in New Zealand’s fantastic outdoors.
Realising what an important component hunters were of our conservation oriented park users, DOC has been working toward providing better service for hunters. One of these key improvements has been to redevelop the hunting pages of the DOC website. The first phase of this upgrade has now gone live and can be viewed at www.doc.govt.nz/hunting. The new structure provides simpler and clearer pathways for finding information, held together in one place.
We know it isn’t yet perfect, but it is a lot better than what existed previously. We have set up a feedback link off the homepage, so that users can suggest any improvements, but you can also supply suggestions here via the DOC Conservation Blog.
Over the coming year, we will be improving the quality and standardising the Where to hunt information, as well as looking to create an on-line hunting permit facility.