Fish and Game's new chairperson says his top priority will be protecting the country's freshwater.
Ray Grubb was appointed as the organisation's new chairperson over the weekend after Paul Shortis stepped down from the position on Saturday for personal reasons.
Grubb told Magic Talk's Rural Today on Wednesday protecting the country's freshwater would be top of the agenda for him in the new role.
"We should be trying to work with every group that is interested in high-quality freshwater and the future of our society - that would be my prime aim in doing this job," Grubb told host Dominc George.
Although the organisation is tasked with managing trout, salmon and game birds in the country, Grubb said he also felt a real responsibility to Kiwis who aren't interested in fishing or hunting.
"Not only do we represent 133,000 licence holders, we represent their children and grandchildren," he said.
"We have the responsibility to interface with Government and with regional councils and all the people that use water to try and create good habitat."
Grubb said fishing and hunting game birds was a "birthright" for New Zealanders and his "philosophy would be to make sure that continues".