IntroductionAdvisory bodies are independent entities that provide advice to the Minister and DOC in regard to particular issues or places. Find out more about what entities exist and the role of each one.
The Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee is established under section 56(1) of the Conservation Act 1987. The Committee represents iwi and local community interests in providing advice to the Director-General of Conservation on the management of the Aotea Conservation Park.
The Aotea Conservation Park was established in April 2015, covering 12,282 ha on Aotea/Great Barrier Island, which is approximately 43% of the island. The Park is a significant feature of the island and provides a range of cultural, recreation, economic and other opportunities for tangata whenua and the island community.
Tangata whenua and the island community are closely connected to the land within the conservation park and have a strong interest in how the park is managed. They supported creation of the park provided that they were able to influence its management through an advisory committee.
The Aotea Conservation Park Advisory Committee comprises a group of ten representatives from iwi and the Aotea/Great Barrier Island community, appointed by the Minsiter of Conservation. For more information, you can view the Committee's:
- Terms of Reference (PDF, 71K), approved in 2015 by the Minister of Conservation
- Meeting minutes and agendas
The Matata Scenic Reserve, Whakapaukorero, and Te Awa a Te Atua Joint Advisory Committee is established under subpart 4 of the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act 2005, to advise the Minister and Director-General on conservation matters affecting Te Awa a Te Atua and Matatā Scenic Reserve, and to advise the Ngāti Awa governance entity on conservation matters affecting Whakapaukorero.
The Committee has eight members:
- two members nominated by the Ngāti Awa governance entity
- two members nominated by the Director-General under the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act 2005
- two members nominated by the Ngāti Tuwharetoa governance entity under the Ngāti Tuwharetoa (Bay of Plenty) Claims Settlement Act 2005
- two members nominated by the Ngāti Rangitihi governance entity under the Ngāti Rangitihi Claims Settlement Act 2022.
The Taupō Fishery Advisory Committee (TFAC) was established under section 56 of the Conservation Act 1987, with its structure and functions detailed in the Taupō Fishery Regulations 2004.
TFAC meets at least three times a year to discuss issues that impact anglers within the Taupō Fishing District.
Find out more about the structure of committee and how to access committee documents on the TFAC webpage.
Te Tapatoru ā Toi is the joint management committee for Moutohorā (Whale Island) Wildlife Management Reserve, Ōhope Scenic Reserve, and Tauwhare Pā Scenic Reserve, established in section section 72 of the Ngāti Awa Claims Settlement Act 2005.
Te Tapatoru ā Toi is vested with management responsibilities for Te Tapui Tokotoru (the collective name of the three reserves) to protect and enhance their ecological, historical, cultural, recreational and educational values.
The vision of Te Tapatoru ā Toi is that the communities and agencies represented by Te Tapatoru ā Toi cherish the taonga entrusted to them and are working together for the preservation and protection of the natural and cultural values that make them significant, and promotion of these to all New Zealanders.
Te Tapatoru ā Toi has six members appointed by the Minister, with three members nominated by the Ngāti Awa governance entity, two members nominated by the Director-General, and one member nominated by the Bay of Plenty Conservation Board.
The Whitecliffs Conservation Area (and other specified sites) Joint Advisory Committee is established by section 42of the Ngāti Tama Claims Settlement Act 2003, to provide advice to the Minsiter on the Whitecliffs conservation area and other specified sites in Taranaki, in accordance with section 44 of the Ngāti Tama Claims Settlement Act 2003.
The Whitecliffs Conservation Area is a 509ha semi coastal forest featuring steep ridges and sandstone bluffs, with karaka, pūriri and tawa the dominant tree species. The threatened species pingau, king fern, karearea (New Zealand falcon) and kiwi can be found in the area.
The Committee has six members appointed by the Minister, with three members nominated by the Ngāti Tama governance entity, two members nominated by the Director-General, and one member nominated by the Taranaki Whanganui Conservation Board.