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Get involved with DOC planning - new how-to guide

New Zealand

Conservation Authority
Te Pou Atawhai Taiao O Aotearoa

27 July 2006 Media statement


Get involved with DOC planning - new how-to guide


Enhancing public participation in planning how national parks and other public conservation areas are run is the purpose of a new booklet published by the New Zealand Conservation Authority.

Kerry Marshall, chairperson of the Authority said that the booklet was targeted at the general public.

“The land managed by the Department is our land. It has been set aside to protect its natural and historical and cultural values and for our enjoyment. This guide is designed to help the public have a say on how DOC manages public conservation land.”

Chris Carter, Minister of Conservation, welcomed the Authority’s initiative.

“This is a timely publication. DOC will shortly begin work on planning documents for Waikato, Bay of Plenty, East Coast and Hawkes Bay. Submissions from the public are currently being sought on the revised plan for Whanganui National Park. I urge the public to have their say and help the Department produce plans which will give clear guidance to its staff and the public about how these special places will be managed.”

The booklet is available on www.doc.govt.nz/publications and www.conservationauthority.org.nz or by request to the Authority at PO Box 10420, Wellington.

ENDS

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