A HuntingHQ host is an owner or manager of a farm or rural property who has registered with us. Registering your property with HuntingHQ is free, and by doing so you will have instant access to our superior hunter management and booking system, improve your management of unwanted wildlife, increase your income, and ensure you are WorkSafe Health and Safety compliant. Additionally you control – your availability, prices, farm rules, how much interaction you have with hunters, types of wildlife hunted, and most importantly who has access to your property.
Becoming a HuntingHQ host is simple, and available in most areas throughout New Zealand. The only restriction is that you must own or manage the rural property you wish to list.
How will being a HuntingHQ Host affect my WorkSafe Health and Safety compliance?
As a HuntingHQ host you become a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU) according to the Health and Safety Work Act (2015) (HSWA).
As a PCBU you have a primary duty of care to ensure, so far as is reasonably practical the health and safety of visitors (hunters) invited onto your property.
For this reason we have built WorkSafe Recreational Access and the Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) requirements into our software so you can feel confident when listing with HuntingHQ that you meet those requirements.
What do HSWA require?
As a PCBU you are required to alert visitors to potential hazards or workplace risks not normally expected on a farm.
During the listing process, as the host, you will be asked to document known or potential work related hazards – this could include (but is not limited to) such things as tree-felling, blasting, earthmoving machinery, pest control activities, spraying, effluent ponds, offal pits, etc). Hunters will receive this hazard information via email on completion of booking along with your farm code of conduct (farm rules), and this information can then be viewed on their HuntingHQ App whenever necessary.
Using our mapping software you will also be asked to highlight your property boundaries, hunt zones, potential hazards and areas which are off limits. Hunters will receive this map with hazard information on their App when they scan the QR access code on arrival at your property; this map further supports HSWA hazard requirements.
In addition to this, HuntingHQ have installed the following software design features to provide you with even greater protection:
- Farm Rules – you will be asked to document any specific farm rules you expect visitors to adhere to. (All our members have to pass a farm code of conduct exam before being offered membership, and any farm rules you document must be followed with NO EXCEPTION. Any hunter known to break those rules will have their membership permanently revoked.)
- Arrival and Departure – visitors are required to log their entry and departure from your property by scanning a QR access code (mounted on a sign at the entry to your property) with their HuntingHQ App; you will automatically receive an notification alert on your HuntingHQ App and an email when visitors arrive and depart.
- Meet & Greet – whilst it is not as HSWA requirement for you to greet visitors when they arrive at your property as they will already have the required hazard information, you may choose to meet them in person and reiterate potential work related hazards or other important information. (Your HuntingHQ App will alert you to a visitor’s arrival when they scan the QR code at the access point to your property).
- Track your visitors – using the geotagging function of your HuntingHQ App you will be able to track exactly where a hunter or hunt group has been on your property.
To check out our HuntingHQ Health and Safety Policy for Farmers click here.
The HuntingHQ Farmer Guarantee (Public Liability Insurance) provides $10 million NZD liability insurance cover, which protects HuntingHQ members for legal negligence while on both public and private property anywhere in New Zealand.
The Farm Guarantee program doesn’t cover cash and securities, collectibles, rare artwork, jewellery or pets. We recommend that hosts secure or remove valuables if also providing accommodation.
HuntingHQ understands that you as the landowner want to know that anyone you invite onto your property is of good character and known to treat hunting and a host’s property with the respect it deserves.
Every hunter is required to hold a current firearms licence, pass a Health and Safety Exam, and provide us with information about themselves before they are granted access to the HuntingHQ community.
We provide you with the following ways to assess potential hunters:
- 5-Star Rating – before you accept a hunt booking you can check the hunters star rating – this 5-star rating system will provide insight into how this hunter behaved at previous host’s properties.
- Feedback – you can look at specific feedback other hosts have provided about their experience of the hunter.
- Profile – you can read the hunters profile which provides you with personal insight into their character – age, profession, current photo, shooting/hunting history, club participation and other relevant information.
It is vital to HuntingHQ that you as the host feel safe inviting hunters to your property.
Every HuntingHQ hunter must hold a current firearms licence and have passed a Health and Safety Exam prior to being granted access to HuntingHQ Community. The Health and Safety Exam is comprised of questions related to firearms code of practice and farm code of conduct.
The hunter is also asked to provide personal background information to create their profile – age, profession, current photo, shooting/hunting history, club participation and other relevant information.
Landowners will have access to view a hunter’s profile in full before booking confirmation.
Absolutely! As the host you can specific how many hunters you will permit onto your property at any one time.
When you receive a booking request you will see how many hunters are in the hunt party. You can then look at each hunter’s profile before deciding whether to accept the booking.
As a HuntingHQ host you will have complete control of land availability through the booking system. Hunters can apply to hunt on dates you specify.
As a host you get the best of both worlds – by listing with HuntingHQ you can actually make money whilst receiving assistance with management of unwanted and environmentally damaging wildlife.
- You can charge a daily hunt fee per hunter. The price you charge for your listing is entirely up to you. To help you decide, we suggest searching for a comparable listing in your area and get an idea of market prices. Additionally, taken into consideration is the wildlife available to be hunted.
- If you have the option of accommodation on your land you can advertise this in your listing and charge an appropriate nightly fee per person. Prices will vary depending on what accommodation you have available – you may have facilities for a camp site? Shearers quarters or some other type of accommodation to offer? During the listing process you will be asked if you wish to provide accommodation, what type of accommodation you have and what price you wish to charge per night.
Fees for hunting and accommodation will be paid 24-hours prior to the booking date.
If the hunt group cancels within 7-days of the date booked, the landowner will receive 50% of the booking fee.
The price you charge for your listing is entirely up to you. To help you decide, we suggest searching for comparable listings in your area to get an idea of market prices. Additionally, take into consideration the wildlife available to be hunted.
There’s no cost to sign up. We keep it simple with a 15% service fee on income earned from your listing. This is deducted from the direct deposit made to your account prior to the booking date.
On arrival and departure hunters will scan an entry QR code on their mobile app, and you as the host will be notified.
During the listing process, you will set property boundaries and create zones within those boundaries that dictate the areas hunters must stay within during their visit. The property boundaries and the zones are supplied to the hunter before the booking date.
HuntingHQ is designed to help the landowner in managing unwanted and environmentally damaging wildlife on their property.
With this in mind, HuntingHQ places you in control of which wildlife you would like hunters to target when on your property. During the listing process, you can specify which types of unwanted wildlife you would like managed.