|After a long career in the NZ Police,
John and Kay decided on a lifestyle change to pursue a life-long
interest of John's, rearing upland gamebirds for live release.
For John, this was a natural progression following on from his many years
of hunting game in North Canterbury and a past-time he still pursues when
he has free time.
After purchasing a property in the North Canterbury area near Rangiora, John
set about constructing purpose built sheds and runs for game bird breeding.
A need was seen to supply a demand that could not be met in the Canterbury
Pheasant hunting in Canterbury was and is almost non-existent and interested
people were keen to do something about the situation themselves. Releasing
farm bred pheasant in suitable areas in an effort to establish permanent
wild stock, was an option that many people favoured. This has been made possible
by the breeding of large numbers of game-birds in captivity.