(1) Any person may, without a permit or licence issued under section 12, but subject to this section, capture, convey, or keep deer in captivity for the purposes of farming anywhere in New Zealand except—
(2) Subject to subsection (3), the Minister may from time to time, by notice in the Gazette,—
(2A) The requirements of this section that apply in respect of deer kept in a safari park on land on which the farming of deer is regulated also apply in respect of deer kept in a safari park on land on which the farming of deer is not regulated.
(3) Before giving a notice under subsection (2), the Minister shall,—
(a) in any case where the notice does anything specified in any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of that subsection, publicly notify the intention to give the notice; and, in that case, section 49 of the Conservation Act 1987 shall apply with any necessary modifications:
(4) Where the farming of any deer on any land is regulated under subsection (2), the occupier of the land shall ensure that the enclosures on the land—
(5) After complying with subsection (4) (in the case of a deer farm in a regulated area), the occupier of the relevant land shall then notify the Director-General of the occupier's intention to begin keeping deer in captivity on that land, and upon acknowledgment in writing from the Director-General, may begin to do so.
(6) The notice given to the Director-General under subsection (5) shall be in writing, and shall include the following particulars:
(7) For the purposes of section 9(2) and of subsections (9) to (11) of section 12, an acknowledgment in writing given by the Director-General under subsection (5) shall be deemed to be a permit issued under section 12(3)(a).
(8) Any deer that—
(b) strays while being lawfully captured, conveyed, or held in captivity, for the purposes of farming,—
shall remain the property of the owner if that deer is identified in accordance with an identification system approved under the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 or in accordance with an identification system approved under section 50 of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and approved by the Director-General for the purposes of this Act.
(9) Notwithstanding subsection (8), the following provisions apply in relation to any deer on Crown-owned land:
(a) any person acting in the course of his or her duties as an employee of the Department, and any other person acting pursuant to a special or general authority conferred for the purpose by the Director-General, may hunt and kill the deer and dispose of the deer:
(10) Every person commits an offence against this Act who, while keeping any deer in captivity on a regulated deer farm for the purposes of farming, fails to maintain the enclosures on the land so as to prevent the escape of the deer or so that the enclosures no longer comply with any prescribed specifications.
(11) In this section, the term farming, in relation to deer, includes the keeping of deer in a safari park, whether or not other wild animals are also kept in the safari park.
Section 12A: substituted, on 25 November 1994, by section 5(1) of the Wild Animal Control Amendment Act 1994 (1994 No 114).
Section 12A(2A): inserted, on 1 October 1997, by section 7(1) of the Wild Animal Control Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 80).
Section 12A(8): amended, on 21 February 2012, by section 75 of the National Animal Identification and Tracing Act 2012 (2012 No 2).
Section 12A(8): amended, on 7 May 1999, by section 4 of the Wild Animal Control Amendment Act 1999 (1999 No 52).
Section 12A(11): added, on 1 October 1997, by section 7(2) of the Wild Animal Control Amendment Act 1997 (1997 No 80).