Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

New general policy for national parks


New general policy for national parks
Friday, 22 August, 2003

New Zealanders look on national parks as priceless areas that represent our natural heritage, the New Zealand Conservation Authority says.

Authority chairman Kerry Marshall was commenting on a draft general policy statement on national parks management, released today for public consultation.

“National parks are part of our national birthright which must be protected for future generations to treasure and enjoy," Mr Marshall said. "It’s vitally important that the management of these icon areas is of the highest standard."

The draft policy was a fundamental review of the current general policy statement for national parks dating back to 1983, he said. It would define a “standard of care” for DOC and the Authority in national parks management.

"While the 1983 statement had stood the test of time, significant changes have occurred in the way we do conservation. In particular, we now have a single agency, the Department of Conservation, which must apply an integrated approach to places and species it is responsible for, including in national parks."

New concepts in biodiversity conservation and historic and cultural heritage management were reflected in the new general policy, Mr Marshall said, as well as the Crown’s relationship with tangata whenua based on the Treaty of Waitangi, which had evolved in the last 20 years.

“The intention of the National Parks Act 1980 is that the general policy should allow us to preserve our heritage while allowing public access to enjoy recreational activities.”

Copies of the draft general policy statement for national parks management are available on DOC’s web site, www.doc.govt.nz, and from early next week at DOC Conservancy and Area Offices and public libraries. Submissions close on December 19 this year.

Note: This document complements a draft general policy on conservation, which Conservation Minister Chris Carter is releasing today (Friday) for public consultation.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages