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Meet the guides
Meet the team

Our hunting guides are consummate professionals, very experienced, and extremely knowledgeable about hunting and our landscape.

Being passionate hunters themselves, they enjoy nothing more than getting a hunter lined up on a great trophy. They are good company and fun to spend a day with in the hills.

Meet the guides
Mark McGlashan - Head Hunting Guide
I have been working for Poronui Hunting for more than 13 years. My passion for deer and hunting starts with the deer farm on the property. I am lucky to see animals start their life here and eventually see them become a highly regarded trophy for hunters. It’s a great feeling to share the hunter's excitement of a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.
Kirk O’Donnell
Kirk grew up on a hill-country farm, so naturally started hunting at a young age. Hunting has become not only a passion, but a career. He’s spent the last 13 seasons alternating between hunting in North America and New Zealand. When Kirk’s not hunting he’s either spending time with his family fly fishing or diving. He loves wide open spaces and extreme environments that push him mentally and physically.
Darrin Bennett
Darrin started hunting with his dad and relatives when he was just five years old. They hunted red, fallow, rusa, and sika deer, and they also did a lot of pig hunting with their own dogs. Darrin enjoys seeing the pleasure clients experience while hunting at Poronui and, for many, securing their trophy of a lifetime. When Darrin’s not hunting, he enjoys sea and freshwater fishing, sea diving, and tramping.
Kate Bryant
Raised on a King Country sheep, beef and deer farm, Kate's hunting career began with a week-long fly-in hunting trip when she was just 6. She's been hunting ever since. Before joining Poronui, Kate was guiding big game hunts in Northern British Columbia. She says the best part of being a guide is helping others achieve their aspirations, whether that's their bucket list animal or the start of their hunting journey.
Marc Clinch
I am very passionate about the outdoors. I've been hunting since I was knee high to a grasshopper. My favorite deer to hunt are red stags and sika deer. Seeing the sun wake up is the best time of day for me.
Keith Burden
Keith is not only a deer and sheep farmer, but also a velvet buyer and stock agent. Hunting, particularly hunting sika, has been a passion of his from a very young age. His love of the outdoors and thrill of the stalk is infectious. As Keith says, the challenge of guiding a hunter on a wily sika is a very special experience.
Andrew Scurr
Andrew hails from Wanaka, where his passion for farming, hunting, fishing, and travel steered him in the direction of vet school. Having returned from a locum stint in the UK, Andrew settled with his wife Sarah and family in Taupo. Andrew manages to combine guiding during the season with his career as a vet.
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