Otago Fish and Game Council has appointed Ian Hadland to the position of chief executive, taking over from Niall Watson who is retiring from the position.

Ian Hadland has a strong background in conservation and fish and game management.  He initially worked for the Department of Conservation as a Ranger based in Hokitika  and then for West Coast Fish and Game Council as a Fish and Game Officer before moving to a Fish and Game Officer position in Otago in 2003.  In 2008 he was promoted to Operations Manager overseeing the implementation of the annual plan Ian’s project work includes design and construction of the Macraes Trout Hatchery hosted by Oceania Gold and restoration of the Takitakitoa wetland on the Lower Taieri and he has been leading wetland advocacy within the region.

In 2014 Ian completed a Bachelor of Commerce part time at Otago University and has been centrally involved in management of the national fish and game licencing system and leading national initiatives on angler and hunter retention and recruitment.

Otago Fish and Game Council Chair Monty Wright said he was delighted to see Mr Hadland emerged from a strong field of well qualified applicants to take the position.

“Ian is a home grown talent and he will, I believe, do an excellent job for the Council in the years to come in an increasingly challenging environment for fish and game resources

“As a lifelong angler and hunter he connects easily and well with our licenceholders and related stakeholder groups.  And as someone who grew up in the rural community he understand agriculture and the issues faced by farmers”

Ian, I know, places great store on positive relationships as an essential element in resolving resource issues affecting Otago’s rivers, lakes and wetlands.”

Ian Hadland says he is delighted with his new role.

“I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to take on the chief executive’s position.    It has been an ambition of mine and I am determined to do it justice.


Niall Watson retires in May after 39 years in fish and game management initially in Wellington but mostly in Otago first as Manager of Otago Acclimatisation Society and then as chief executive of Otago Fish and Game Council ENDS


CONTACT:  Otago F&G Chairman Monty Wright                                                  027374666

Otago Chief Executive Ian Hadland                                                         0272549700

Fish & Game Sth Island Communications Advisor Richard Cosgrove 021 646 245 ENDS WHAT IS FISH & GAME?

Fish & Game is a statutory public entity, established by Parliament under the Conservation Act, to manage, maintain and enhance sports fish and gamebirds, and their habitats.  It is not a lobby group but an organisation with specific responsibilities under Acts of Parliament, including the Conservation, Resource Management, Walking Access, Public Finance and Overseas Investment Acts.

The New Zealand Fish & Game Council represents the interests of anglers and gamebird hunters nationally.  The Council and the 12 regional Fish & Game councils are collectively known as Fish & Game New Zealand.  Fish & Game receives no money from the government.  All funding is provided by freshwater anglers and gamebird hunters – a “user pays, user says” tradition dating back 150 years.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *