Wild Animal Control Act 1977

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Version as at 28 October 2021

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Wild Animal Control Act 1977

Public Act
1977 No 111
Date of assent
23 December 1977
23 December 1977

The Parliamentary Counsel Office has made editorial and format changes to this version using the powers under subpart 2 of Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019.

Note 4 at the end of this version provides a list of the amendments included in it.

This Act is administered by the Department of Conservation.


1Short Title
3Act to bind Crown
4Wild animals to be controlled
5Minister’s general powers
5AGeneral provisions relating to general policies and wild animal control plans
5BManagement of wild animals
6Delegation of Minister’s powers
7Director-General may delegate certain powers
8Hunting or killing of wild animals
9Ownership of wild animals
10Provisions to secure concerted action
11Restrictions on liberation of wild animals
12Keeping of specified wild animals in captivity
12ADeer farms
12BSafari parks
12CPowers of Director-General in relation to deer farms and safari parks
13Powers of warranted officers
14Warranted officers’ powers of inspection of occupied Crown-owned land
15Obligations of lessees of Crown-owned land
16Entry on land for purposes of Act
17Wild animals on land administered by the Department of Conservation under the Conservation Act 1987 or any other enactment
18Fencing of land
20Special provisions relating to goats [Repealed]
21Purpose of this Part
22Power to grant concessions for wild animal recovery operations on certain Crown-owned and other land
23Matters to which Minister to have regard in considering application for concession
24Licensing of operators for wild animal recovery services [Repealed]
25Obligations of holders of permits [Repealed]
26Allocation, cancellation, and variation of permits [Repealed]
27Declaration of recreational hunting areas
28Management of recreational hunting areas
29National Recreational Hunting Advisory Committee
30Local authority may apply funds for destruction of wild animals
31Local authorities to submit plans for destruction for approval of Minister
31ARelationship with other offences
31BHunting without authority of land owner
31CSelling, delivering, or receiving carcass without ears attached
31DInadequate fencing
31EInterfering with items on land under section 16
31FFailure to provide Crown with proceeds from sale of animal or carcass
31GProceedings for infringement offences
31HWho may issue infringement notices
31IInfringement notices
31JReminder notices
31KPayment of infringement fees
31LPenalties for infringement offences
32Protection of officers and others
34Power to require person to stop offending
34AAPower to require information
34ABConstable may arrest person who fails to comply with section 34 or 34AA
34AOwner or hirer of aircraft to give information as to identity of pilot, etc
35Offenders liable for payment of expenses
37Proceedings for offences
38Presumptions and obligations in connection with hunting and killing
39ASentence of community work
39BPenalties for offences committed for commercial gain or reward
39CReturn and forfeiture of seized items
39DForfeiture of other items
39EDisposal of forfeited items
41Remuneration and travelling allowances for members of committees
42Financial provisions
43Annual report

An Act to make better provision for the control of harmful species of introduced wild animals and the means of regulating the operations of recreational and commercial hunters, including wild animal recovery hunting using aircraft, so as to achieve concerted action and effective wild animal control, and to consolidate and amend the Noxious Animals Act 1956