Heather's Choice is proud to be the presenting sponsor of The Main Divide, a film by our friends Abe Henderson and Micah Ness.
The Main Divide is a film about New Zealand; the animals that thrive there, and the people who hunt them. It is about the conservation of these animals, and the importance that they have to the environment, and the way of life for New Zealand.
Now has never been a better time to release this film, as the future of tahr is in jeopardy. Below is a description of the current issue at hand from our friends at the NZ Tahr Foundation, and what you can do to help protect this precious resource.
"Tahr are part of the fabric of New Zealand, they have been here for 116 years and were in Aoraki/Mt Cook before it was a national park.
The Department of Conservation is about to embark on a massive operation to cull many thousands of tahr. It is proposed that nearly 400 hours of helicopter control will take place, 250 of which will be within the feral range. The operation will include the complete removal of tahr, including mature bulls, from Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks. This will effectively end recreational tahr hunting for thousands of Kiwis and cost jobs and the future of hunting-based businesses in regional South Island.
This operation is being undertaken following completely inadequate consultation and against the interests of the thousands of New Zealand and overseas hunters who so highly value the tahr hunting experience.
The Himalayan Tahr Control Plan 1993 set an introductory herd limit of 10,000 tahr and required DOC to scientifically establish the number of tahr which did not exceed acceptable levels of browse, while still providing a viable hunting resource. Over the last 27 years, they have never done this, nor reviewed the Plan as is also required.
Please support the NZ Tahr Foundation and all the people that so highly value these magnificent animals and let the Minister of Conservation and DOC know that you don't want them decimated here in NZ.
We really appreciate your support in helping keep tahr on the mountain! Be sure to check out The Main Divide if you have ever been curious about tahr hunting or what New Zealand has to offer the adventurous hunter.