[9 September/Stuff]

Southland Fish and Game Manager, Zane Moss, said he was not worried about having farmers elected to the organisation’s council as they have a good understanding of rural life. There were fourteen applicants fighting for two positions on the council. Federated Farmers encouraged its members to get elected onto Fish and Game’s regional Councils, and urged them to consider the value of what they could bring to such a role. Mr Moss noted farmers had been on the council before. He added having farmers on the council had always worked well and that it was closely aligned with the rural community. Southland Fish and Game had advocated for an improvement in water quality in Southland and appealed Environment Southland’s proposed Water and Land Plan. Fish and Game’s elections are held every three years.