DOC is presently going through the process of renewing WARO permits for the next 10years
On multiple occasions DOC has promised to involve hunters and others in the full review of the current permit system to seek a more long-term sustainable future for the management of wild animal recovery on public conservation land in New Zealand. The commitment to a wider review with full involvement of all parties was made to the 2015 and 2016 NZDA conferences and to the High Court during the Red Deer Foundations (LNIRDF) successful court challenge in 2017.
The Department of Conservation is intending to hold a national review of the WARO (helicopter deer recovery) concession process. This will effect hunters of all public land in the country, where WARO is currently permitted. And also potentially areas restricted to helicopters, where WARO are lobbying for access.
The Department of Conservation has backtracked on a promise to review the national permitting system for WARO. This commitment was made at two National Conferences of the NZDS and also to the High Court during the LNIRDF challenge to the 2015 permits for the Lower North Island.
Recreational hunters have won an important High Court battle against the Department of Conservation, with the court finding that DoC breached natural justice over the way it allowed helicopter operators to kill deer in forest parks.