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

 


Baldock: Hut and track users must have say

Baldock: Hut and track users must have say

United Future conservation spokesman Larry Baldock today urged trampers, hunters, fishers and others to make last-minute submissions on the Department of Conservation's review of outdoor facilities such as huts and tracks, if they haven't already.

In many cases, DOC is advocating that "low usage: huts be subjected to "minimal maintenance", which means that they will be inspected every two years and although some minor maintenance will be undertaken, if a building becomes dangerous or unsanitary it will be taken down.

"The irony is that these huts have become 'low usage' because years of under-funding meant that DOC couldn't maintain them, or more importantly, the tracks that led to them.

"It's also no coincidence that these are mostly category four huts in terms of the hut ticket system, which means that they are free and DOC gets no revenue from them.

"While I applaud the department's attempt to pursue better visitor facilities at the more accessible corners of the conservation estate for family groups and tourists, those who enjoy roaming in some of the more remote areas should not be forgotten," he said.

A number of recreational clubs already have agreements in place with DOC making them hut custodians. Before any huts are deemed to be 'minimal maintenance', Baldock argues that local clubs and non-profit organisations should be given first option to enter into such arrangements.

DOC's mission statement is to "conserve New Zealand's natural and historic heritage for all to enjoy now and in the future".

"But people must be able to access our natural heritage to enjoy it. Everyone who goes into the hills needs to be aware of what the department is planning in their area and make sure that they have their say."

Submissions close tomorrow. Copies of the proposal for each conservancy (region) and submission forms are available at Department of Conservation offices or online at www.doc.govt.nz

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news