Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


DOC - Air NZ partnership yields positive results

DOC - Air NZ partnership yields positive results

States Services Commissioner Iain Rennie today praised the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Air New Zealand for a partnership that is producing positive results in tourism and conservation.

“Collaboration is the new normal in the public sector. I am thrilled to see more and more government departments stepping outside the box and coming up innovative solutions with partners in both the public and private sectors that deliver better public services for New Zealanders,” Mr Rennie said.

The two organisations began their partnership in April 2012 when they inked a three-year $3-million conservation partnership. This was recently extended to 2017 with the amount of investment now totalling $7.3 million. The newly signed agreement extends the conservation partnership and includes a new set of marine conservation initiatives.

With the goal of promoting the Great Walks to domestic and international visitors, DOC and Air New Zealand agreed to work together to enhance the Great Walks network running through nine of New Zealand’s national parks.

The promotion of the Great Walks network has seen a significant lift in track use with an 8.1% increase in Great Walks visits in the first year of the partnership. The total growth in numbers over the previous five years was 2.5%.

As part of the partnership, Air New Zealand has helped transport nearly 800 threatened birds and reptiles like tuatara to new homes around the country. Four new biodiversity projects have been set up to return threatened birds to Great Walks tracks. With more than 100 rare birds ranging from kiwi to Stewart Island robins returned to safe habitats, hundreds of new predator traps have also been set up alongside the track network to help keep them safe.

“The National Parks and marine reserves that DOC works hard to preserve and protect throughout New Zealand form part of the environmental and cultural fabric of our country. As New Zealand’s national carrier, we have a responsibility to support the great work undertaken to further align conservation with recreation and tourism,” says Air New Zealand Chief Executive Officer Christopher Luxon.

Under the latest agreement, Air New Zealand will also support DOC to promote tourist attractions in the marine reserve network starting with 10 iconic marine destinations which includes Abel Tasman National Park (Tonga Island Marine Reserve), Marlborough Sounds (Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve), and Milford Sound (Piopiotahi Marine Reserve).

“Air New Zealand and DOC are a natural fit,” says DOC Director-General Lou Sanson. “This partnership has enabled us to provide New Zealanders and international visitors with more opportunities to explore nature by land or sea,” Mr Sanson said.

For more details, see case study http://www.ssc.govt.nz/doc-bps-case-study-nov13.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Genetics: New Heat Tolerant Cow Developed

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More>>

Fractals: Thousands More Business Cards Needed To Build Giant Sponge

New Zealand is taking part in a global event this weekend to build a Menger Sponge using 15 million business cards but local organisers say they are thousands of business cards short. More>>

Scoop Business: NZ Net Migration Rises To Annual Record In September

New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs

Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal

Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Outage: Power Mostly Restored Overnight

Vector wishes to advise that all but 324 customers have been restored overnight. These customers are spread throughout the network in small pockets. The main St Johns feeder was restored around midnight allowing most of the customers in all affected areas to have power this morning. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news