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Submissions on coastal development closing soon

Hon Steve Chadwick
Minister of Conservation

23 April 2008 Media Release
Submissions on coastal development closing soon

Conservation Minister Steve Chadwick today reminded New Zealanders to have their say on coastal development.

"The deadline for public submissions on the draft New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) is fast approaching, and I encourage all New Zealanders with an interest in coastal development to take part in the public consultation process," Steve Chadwick said.

The NZCPS sets out the policies that guide the work of councils managing activities and development along the New Zealand coastline. It is a major influence on council plans and resource consent decisions affecting coastal land and the coastal marine area.

"The policy statement is aimed at better addressing the issues currently facing coastal communities. We need to ensure that coastal development happens in ways that meet community needs, while also protecting what they value.”

Key issues that the statement will address include:

* Growing demand for coastal space and resources
* Concern about the nature of some coastal subdivision and developments
* Increased awareness and planning for climate change
* Water quality
* Resources of particular interest to Maori
* Public access to the coast
* The need to protect New Zealand’s natural coastal environment and its plant and animal life.

"We need to make sure that future development doesn’t detract from what we value about our beautiful coastline.

“Our coastlines are very important to many New Zealanders and are part of our national identity. I strongly encourage communities to speak up now and take advantage of the consultation process.”

The Minister appointed a Board of Inquiry, chaired by Environment Judge Shonagh Kenderdine, to hold public hearings for submitters later this year, and then report back to her.

Submissions close 5pm 7 May, and can be emailed to: nzcps@doc.govt.nz, or sent to Board of Inquiry - Proposed New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, c/- DOC, PO Box 10 420, Wellington 6143. For more information see: http://www.doc.govt.nz/templates/page.aspx?id=45969

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