Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Farmers commended for Clent Hills protection

May 31, 2004 - Wellington

Forest and Bird commends farmers for Clent Hills protection

Forest and Bird today welcomed the Government's announcement that agreement had been reached with high country farmers to protect high country land on Clent Hills station adjacent to Lake Heron. Forest and Bird commended the farmers on their initiative in working with the Nature Heritage Fund to protect an area extending from the shores of Lake Heron to the 2,333m summit of Mt Taylor.

The deal has been has been welcomed by Forest and Bird Ashburton Branch chair and merino farmer Bill Hood.

"I am a farmer and also have great affection for the Lake Heron basin. This decision means that an extraordinary natural area and its wildlife will be permanently protected. We pay tribute to the surrounding high country farmers who have worked with the Nature Heritage Fund to create this new reserve," he said.

"The Lake Heron basin is an relatively unmodified glaciated landscape. A number of small lakes and tarns are located in this landscape with Lake Heron as the centerpiece," he said.

"The purchase will create a buffer zone around Lake Heron Nature Reserve. Lake Heron is home to New Zealand's largest remaining population of the endangered waterbird, the Southern Crested Grebe, which totals only 270 adult birds in New Zealand," he said.

"A National Grebe Survey in January 2004 found 99 adults on Lake Heron. They have almost disappeared over the last 100 years from their former strongholds, but they are holding their own in the high country," he said.

"Clent Hills is dominated by the rugged Taylor and Mount Somers Ranges. The 2,333 metre Mt Taylor is the highest point on the property.

"Protecting nature in a sequence from Lake Heron basin at 691m to mountain tops over 2000 metres high is a remarkable achievement," he said.

"This purchase will also open up a new area for public recreation. Access to the area from Mt Somers and up the Ashburton Gorge is by the Lake Heron road which runs along the edge of the new reserve to Lake Heron," he said.

"Access around the 6 km of lakeshore within the new reserve and into the Swin will be freely available. This will provide access to the adjoining Taylor Range and the upper Stour valley. A variety of recreational opportunities will be available including fishing, bird watching, tramping and mountain biking," he said.


In a partnership with the three surrounding high country farms, the Nature Heritage Fund has purchased approximately 10,000 ha of Clent Hills to ensure that land with conservation values is protected and that the cultivated flats and terraces can be managed as farm land.

The Nature Heritage Fund was established in 1990 and has been actively involved in protecting key high country natural areas in cooperation with high country lessees. The Fund protected the land that forms the core of the Korowai-Torlesse Tussockland Park in North Canterbury opened in November 2001. In 2003, the Fund protected the headwaters of the Hope, Doubtful, Kiwi and Boyle rivers on Poplars Station in the Lewis Pass. The most recent significant purchase in January 2004, was Birchwood Station (23,783ha) in the Ahuriri Valley, an area with huge natural values heavily used by fishermen and trampers.

In total, the Nature Heritage Fund has protected over 200,000 hectares in perpetuity.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>





Featured InfoPages