Advice to Ministers and the Director-General of Conservation
IntroductionThe NZCA provides independent advice to the Minister and Director-General of Conservation on matters it considers of national conservation importance. The NZCA has released advice on specific topics in the public's interest.
2 December 2021: Read the NZCA's advice to the Minister on the importance of having a comprehensive control plan for deer, goats and pigs to prevent unnecessary biodiversity decline on public conservation land.
5 May 2021: Read the NZCA's advice to Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, Acting Minister of Conservation, on the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s Report: Not 100% - but four steps closer to sustainable tourism
29 January 2021: the NZCA provided the Minister of Conservation with a summary of submissions made in 2020, providing advice to the new Minister on a number of conservation issues faced throughout the previous year.
The NZCA advises that long-term heli-hunting concessions should not be issued until the regional conservation management strategies have been reviewed and effects of heli-hunting are better understood.
The NZCA advises that heli-hunting decisions should be guided by statutory planning documents, such as general policy, national park management plans, and conservation management strategies and wild animal control plans.
The NZCA is concerned about the game animal council proposal, particularly about the effects of the proposal on indigenous biodiversity, process, about matters of governance, and public interest. The NZCA suggests some other options to consider.