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Our National Office team are based at Deerstalkers House in Thorndon, Wellington

Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel


Gwyn Thurlow is from Wellington and joined NZDA as CEO and General Counsel (in-house lawyer) in June 2020.

Gwyn has taken on the role to transform NZDA into a modern and professional organisation. He has been a long time member of NZDA where he is the treasurer of Wellington Branch and volunteers on the NZDA National Heritage Trust as secretary.

Gwyn is a keen alpine hunter and particularly enjoys hunting tahr and chamois.

National HUNTS Coordinator

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Erin Hewetson is our National HUNTS Coordinator. Erin helps branches deliver hunter training courses and assessing new HUNTS Instructors. Get in touch with Erin for anything hunter training related.

Membership Manager

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Niraj Patel is our national membership manager. He has been part of the NZDA team since July 2018. If you have any membership queries he's the guy helping you out.

Niraj is into fitness and healthy living and also moonlights at a local gym on weekends.


Membership Assistant & Law Clerk

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Will Ferris is one of our Membership Assistants and also helps with legal issues as our in-house Law Clerk. Will is a student at Victoria University, Wellington. He works on a casual basis. Will is a member of the Wellington branch and recently completed a HUNTS Course.