28th February 2011 – Media Statement
“It is business as usual for hunting in New Zealand” said Don Patterson President of the New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association (NZPHGA)
On February 22nd 2011 Christchurch City experienced an earth quake (6.3 magnitude) which has caused considerable damage to the Christchurch Central Business District, the Eastern and Port Hill Suburbs. Rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing in these areas.
“Safari operations in Canterbury province are all considerable distances away from Christchurch City and as with those in other parts of New Zealand are unaffected.” said Don Patterson. “It is business as usual at all New Zealand Hunting lodges, Safari operations and Game estates.”
Christchurch Airport, which is located outside of Christchurch city, is open for international and domestic flights and all major highways connecting with other parts of New Zealand are open. Passengers are advised to confirm check in times and flight details with their airlines as usual. The latest information is at www.christchurchairport.co.nz.
Visitors that had intended to stay in Christchurch City in the next few weeks are advised to contact their outfitter or agent to confirm arrangements or to get assistance with making alternative arrangements.
The NZPHGA members will continue to provide visiting hunters with the quality hunting experiences and kiwi hospitality New Zealand is famous for.
The New Zealand Professional Hunting Guides Association sends its sympathy and offers support to the people of Christchurch, New Zealand and overseas affected by this tragic event.
Collectively, the New Zealand tourism industry’s attention is now shifting to ensuring tourism remains strong and maintains its contribution to New Zealand’s economy. A strong economy will be vital to helping Christchurch get back on its feet.
Contact: Don Patterson, President New Zealand Professional Hunters Association