Mohaka rams


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 Poultry Club Contacts
 Charities Act Registration
 Texas Longhorn Embryos
Rescue book

See Rescue for details of a new book by Michael Willis – one New Zealander's crusade to save endangered animals.

For every book sold through this website $22.50 goes to the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand.


Canterbury Notes

The launch of Michael Willis's new book "Rescue" on 7 November. Michael Willis, Dave Matheson, and publisher Quentin Wilson.

The next meeting of the Canterbury group of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society will be held at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve (60 Hussey Road, Christchurch) on Friday 24 January 2020, starting at 7.30 p.m. (The meeting room is opposite the far end of the main car park.)

See our Show page for some photographs of the recent Rare Breeds display at the New Zealand Agricultural Show.   Our next big event will be the annual Auction on 8 March 2020.


Lower North Island Group

Above: Some photographs taken by Marina Steinke at Brian Hales' exotic sheep shearing day on Sunday 27th October 2019. (Move the cursor onto the photograph to see the caption.)

Open Farm day: Brian Hales' next open farm day will be on Sunday, 19th January, i.e. the Sunday in Wellington Anniversary weekend.   Just a very simple day with his breeds on show plus wool – Tea, Coffee, Cold drinks, 11.00 to 1.00.
Good talk, good company.

Contact for the Lower North Island Rare Breeds Group –

Brian Hales, Wimbledon, Route 52 Herbertville, RD 10, Dannevirke 4970
Phone: (06) 374 3584.   E-mail: brianhaleswimbledon (at) [replace the (at) with @]



New pages added to the Rare Breeds Website during the past few months include:
       Minorca Chooks     [12.2.2019]
       Sicilian Buttercup Chooks     [12.2.2019]
       Andalusian Chooks     [12.2.2019]
       Rhode Island Red Chooks     [11.2.2019]
       Frizzle Chooks     [11.2.2019]
       North Holland Blue Chooks     [9.2.2019]
       Sussex Chooks     [9.2.2019]
       Wyandotte Chooks     [8.2.2019]
       Langshan Chooks     [7.2.2019]
       Australorp Chooks     [7.2.2019]
       Suffolk Punch in New Zealand     [6.2.2019]
       Suffolk Punch Rescue Project     [28.1.2019]
       Highland Ponies     [27.1.2019]
       Heritage Animal Notecards     [8.12.2018]
       Canterbury Show photos     [16.11.2018]
       Shire Horses in New Zealand     [5.11.2018]
       Norwegian Fjord Horses     [1.11.2018]
       Tukidale Sheep     [2.6.2018]
Check them out.

(Webmart and Directory are updated immediately listings change, and minor updates to other pages are not listed above.)

Changes to Webmart and Breeders Directory

Following a suggestion by the Webmaster, the National Committee of the Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand agreed on 27 November 2018 that non-members as well as members of the Society are entitled to have listings on the website Webmart and Directory pages.

wad World Animal Day

World Animal Day is 4 October. Go to the  World Animal Day website for details and suggestions – plus items about last World Animal Day.



1. Contacts for South Island Poultry Clubs:

Ashburton Fanciers Society Inc: Mr B. J. Glassey, Longbeach Road, R D 4, Ashburton. E-mail: ashburtonfanciers (at)   Website: Ashburton Fanciers Society

Christchurch Poultry, Bantam & Pigeon Club: P O Box 8436, Riccarton, Christchurch 8440. E-mail: Show venue: 294 Blenheim Road, Riccarton. Website: Christchurch Poultry, Bantam & Pigeon Club.

Dunedin Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Club: Mr C. Wilson, 5 Benfell Street, Green Island, Dunedin.

Ellesmere A & P Assn: Mrs H. Henderson, P O Box 17, Leeston.

Heartland Poultry Club: Lucy Raisbeck.   Phone: (03) 302 8646.   E-mail: heartlandpoultry (at)   Website: Heartland Poultry Club.

Invercargill Homing Pigeon Club: Mrs Y. Service,108 Oreti Street, Invercargill.

Invercargill Poultry & Pigeon Club: Mr M. Tucker, 329 Chesney Street, Invercargill.

MacKenzie A & P Assn: Mrs M. Thomas, Box 53, Fairlie.

Marlborough Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Bird Assn: Ms K Watson P O Box 869, Blenheim 7240.

Milton Poutry & Bird Club: Mrs I. M. Robinson, 21 George Street, Milton.

Nelson Poultry & Pigeon Assn Inc: Mrs A. Fryer, 67 Gladstone Road, Richmond, Nelson.

North Canterbury Poultry & Pigeon Club: Miss P. Brosnan, 130 Dalziels Road, Fernside, Rangiora.

Oamaru Poultry, Pigeon & Canary Society: Mr T. R. Hill, 13 Reservoir Road, Oamaru.

Taieri Poultry, Pigeon & Bird Club: Mr S. Bennett, 399 Pine Hill Road, Dunedin.

United Pigeon Fanciers Assn: Mrs S Greenwood, 1409 Bealey Road, R D 1, Darfield 7571.

Waimate Winter Show: Mrs N. Wells, 21 Edinburgh Street, Waimate.

West Coast (SI) Poultry & Pigeon Club: Mr D. Brooks, 28 Taylor Street, Taylorville, Greymouth.

The Secretary for The New Zealand (S.I.) Poultry, Pigeon and Cage Bird Association (Inc): Mrs Karyn Cardno, 7 John Street, Oceanview, Dunedin. Phone: (03) 481 1041.

2. For the North Island, see New Zealand Poultry, Pigeon & Cage Birds Associations.

Charities Act Registration

The Rare Breeds Conservation Society of New Zealand Inc. was registered as a charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005 on 30 June 2008 (Registration Number CC30930) and is listed in the Charities Register. This contains information about registered charities for people who may wish to make donations, do volunteer work for, use the services of or find out more about a particular charity. This includes where the charity operates and the sector it works in, contact details, services, charitable purpose, beneficiaries, governance structure and officers.

The Society also has donee organisation status with the IRD. This means that people can claim a tax credit (rebate) for donations made to the RBCSNZ. If you want to claim this tax credit, please ask for a receipt when you make your donation.

Texas Longhorn Embryos

If you are interested in obtaining Texas Longhorn embryos please contact Greg Mckay, Xcell Breeding Services Ltd, P O Box 165, Kaiapoi.   Phone: (03) 327 9555   Fax: (03) 327 9088   E‑mail: greg(at)



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