Arash steps up for Fish & Game





grew up in Newcastle, in the northeast of England. He married a New Zealander and moved here with his two young daughters at the time. “I love living in Rotorua and really pinch myself with all the beauty we have around us with our lakes, forests, geothermal and culture. It really is a magical place, and the beach is only a short drive away too. It’s a fantastic place to bring up kids and the opportunities we have for playing outdoors.” So, what is in store for Eastern Fish & Game with Arash at the helm? Arash says Andy has built a great, high-performing team of dedicated people. He sees his role as continuing to support the team so they have the tools and ability to manage our sport fish and bird life resources, and work with landowners to give all the customers — the licence holders — access to these magical spots. He also sees his role as building strong relationships with all their stakeholders; iwi, Department of Conservation, regional councils and other organisations that operate in this same environmental space. “Progress, unity and partnerships are all built on relationships, and that is a big part of what my role is here. I am also fortunate to have a great council that represents our licence holders, who work to help shape our governance and strategic direction, and I’m looking forward to implementing and achieving those goals.” Arash says there is also change coming to F&G after a ministerial review last year, and he will help implement those changes.