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Consultation opens on game trophy levy

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/12/2016

A proposed levy on hunters who export game trophies from New Zealand has been opened for public consultation.

Associate Conservation Minister peter Dunne says it's an opportunity to collaborate with the sector on a proposal to secure funding from the Game Animal Council.

The levy of $300 per trophy would include chamois, deer, tahr or wild pig but does not include velvet, velvet antlers or deer hide.

According to the proposal more than 80 per cent of game trophies from New Zealand are sent to the United States, followed by Canada and Australia with six and five per cent respectively, and therefore the levy would likely be paid by citizens of those countries, rather than New Zealanders.

"This consultation is about ensuring that we can collect the views of all the people and industries who engage in the hunting community, listen to what they have to say and work collaboratively with everyone involved to find the optimal path forward that will strengthen the recreational hunting sector's ability to advocate for key issues into the future," he said.

Consultation on the proposal is open until February 13 and if approved the levy would be payable from the second half of 2017.

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