Introduction

This is a call for submissions about any changes in status of NZ vascular plant taxa, to inform a revision of the vascular plant lists in the NZ Threat Classification System.

Consultation closed 10 April 2012

This is a call for submissions about any changes in status of NZ vascular plant taxa, to inform a revision of the vascular plant lists in the NZ Threat Classification System. How to make a submission.

Background information

In 2002, the Department of Conservation developed a new system for classifying organisms according to their risk of extinction (Molloy et al. 2002).

This system allows the classification of conservation status/risk of extinction of all organisms known to occur in a wild state in New Zealand. Endemics, non-endemic natives, migrants, vagrants, and introduced and naturalised species are all included, as are taxa which have not been formally described.

This is not a priority-setting system in the way that the listing of Molloy & Davis (1992, 1994) was, so does not include information on taxonomic distinctiveness, or on human values.
It is a resource for priority setting, among other functions, rather than a priority list in itself. Two lists of threatened taxa assessed by these criteria have been published (Hitchmough 2002, Hitchmough et al. 2007).

During the course of these listings, opportunities for improvements to the system itself were identified, and as a result a new manual with changed categories and criteria and more explicit procedures has been published (Townsend et al. 2008). These revised criteria were used to generate a threatened plant list by de Lange et al. 2009 and 2010.

In order to provide the most accurate information, the list is to be fully reviewed and updated every three years. The time has come to undertake this process again for vascular plants, and we now wish to gather data to begin the reclassification of taxa under the new criteria. We would be very grateful for any submissions providing information on vascular plant species, subspecies, etc. that you consider to be threatened.

An expert panel will meet to review the classification of New Zealand vascular plants, on the basis of information supplied.

Please contact us if you need any assistance or clarification about this questionnaire.

How to make a submission

Please note that submissions are intended to provide information to the panel, not to lobby for a particular outcome.

You can complete an online questionnaire [closed]

Or complete the questionnaire (Word, 40K) or (PDF, 40K) and email or fax to:

Rod Hitchmough
Scientific Officer (Species)
Terrestrial Conservation Unit
Department of Conservation
P O Box 10-420
Wellington 6143
Email: threatstatus@doc.govt.nz
Ph: +64 4 471 3249
Fax: +64 4 381 3057


1. de Lange PJ, Norton DA, Courtney SP, Heenan PB, Barkla JW, Cameron EK, Hitchmough RA, Townsend AJ., 2009. Threatened and uncommon plants of New Zealand (2008 revision). New Zealand Journal of Botany 47: 61-96.

2. de Lange PJ, Heenan PB, Norton DA, Rolfe J, Sawyer J 2009. Threatened plants of New Zealand. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch. 471 p.

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