Introduction

The Department notified an intention to revoke 45 conservation management plans for reserves now covered by conservation management strategies. Submissions closed 19 September 2018.

The Department has revoked 45 conservation management plans approved under the Reserves Act 1977. Most of the plans were prepared and approved by the Department of Lands and Survey, a predecessor to the Department up to 1987. Three were prepared and approved by the Department during the years 1991 to 1999.

The revocation has been undertaken in accordance with sections 40A and 119 of the Reserves Act 1977, with section 120 giving public rights of objection and of making submissions.

Conservation management plans can be revoked where a conservation management strategy is in force affecting the reserve. The four operative strategies for the affected reserves are:

The revoked conservation management plans are:

Canterbury (Waitaha) Conservation Management Strategy
  • Bankside Scientific Reserve Management Plan 1979
  • Eyrewell Scientific Reserve Management 1979
  • Castle Hill Nature Reserve Management Plan 1980
  • Motunau Island Nature Reserve Management Plan 1980
  • Talbot Forest Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1980
  • Quail Island Recreation Reserve Management Plan 1982
  • Raincliff Historic Reserve Management Plan 1984
  • Weka Pass Historic Reserve Management Plan 1984
  • Bendhu Scientific Reserve Management Plan 1985
  • Kaitorete Spit Scientific Reserve Management Plan 1986
  • Loch Katrine Recreation Reserve Management Plan 1999
Otago Conservation Management Strategy
  • Rastus Burn Recreation Reserve Management Plan 1980
  • Lake Hayes Reserves Management Plan 1982 (covers 16 mixed-tenure land parcels, variously administered in 1982 by Lands & Survey, Lake County Council & NZ Wildlife Service; only 3 now administered by DOC)
  • Moeraki Boulders Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1982
  • The South East Otago Scenic and Recreation Reserves Management Plan 1982
  • Little Hoopers Inlet Wildlife Management Reserve Management Plan 1978
  • Trotters Gorge Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1982
  • Goodwood Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Wharf Creek Recreation Reserve Management Plan 1984
  • Arrowtown Chinese Settlement Historic Reserve Management Plan 1985
  • Cromwell Chafer Beetle Nature Reserve Management Plan 1985
  • Management Plan for the Silverpeaks Scenic Reserve 1985
  • Reserves of the Maungatua Range and the Waipori Gorge Management Plan 1985 (covers Maungatua, Mill Creek and Waipori Falls Scenic Reserves)
  • Gabriels Gully Historic Reserves Management Plan 1986 (covers Gabriels Gully and Gabriel Read Historic Reserves; only the former now administered by DOC)
  • Mount Aurum Reserve Conservation Management Plan 1991
  • Coronet Peak Recreation Reserve Conservation Management Plan 1994
Southland Murihiku Conservation Management Strategy
  • Tuatapere Reserves Management Plan 1980 (covers Tuatapere Scenic Reserve, and other reserves not managed by DOC)
  • Forest Hill Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1980
  • Bounty Islands Nature Reserve Management Plan 1982
  • Antipodes Islands Nature Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Campbell Islands Nature Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Glenburnie Bush Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Leithen Bush Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Snares Islands Nature Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Management Plan for the Auckland Islands Nature Reserve 1987
West Coast Conservation Management Strategy
  • Scenic Reserve Management Plans; North Westland 1983 (covers Eldon Coates, Kawhaka, Marsden, Omotumotu, Paynes Gully, Pleasant Point, Rapahoe and Taramakau scenic reserves)
  • Kakapotahi, Waitaha and Pukekura Scenic Reserves Management Plan 1983
  • Lake Ianthe Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1983
  • Saltwater Lagoon Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1984
  • Mt Hercules Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1985
  • Poerua River Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1985
  • The Exile Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1985
  • Wilberg Range Scenic Reserve Management Plan 1986
  • Lake Haupiri Wildlife Management Reserve Management Plan 1989
  • Waitangiroto Nature Reserve Management Plan 1989

The submissions process

As outlined in sections 40A and 119 of the Reserves Act 1977, the proposal to revoke 45 conservation management plans was notified on Saturday 18 August 2018. In accordance with section 120 Reserves Act 1977, any person had a right of objection and could make a submission on the proposed revocations. Further information was provided in a factsheet on the revocation of management plans. Submissions closed on 19 September 2018.

Factsheet on the revocation of management plans (PDF, 148K)

Three submissions were received with points supporting and opposing the revocations.

Summary of submissions and responses (PDF, 263K)

After considering the submissions, a decision has been made to revoke the 45 Reserves Act 1977 management plans. The plans are outdated and include references and terms no longer used. The Reserves Act 1977, Conservation General Policy 2005 and the current regional conservation management strategies provide statutory guidance for these reserves. Copies of the revoked plans will be retained in the Department’s library.

Withdrawal of Conservation Act 1987 conservation management plans within Canterbury, Otago, Southland and the West Coast 

The Department, with the agreement from the appropriate Conservation Board, has withdrawn 12 conservation management plans approved under the Conservation Act 1987. The withdrawal has been undertaken in accordance with section 65(12)(c) of the Conservation Act 1987.

The plans are outdated and include references and terms no longer used. The Conservation Act 1987, Conservation General Policy 2005, and the current regional conservation management strategies provide statutory guidance for these public conservation lands and waters. Copies of the withdrawn plans will be retained in the Department’s library.

The withdrawn conservation management plans are: 

Canterbury (Waitaha) Conservation Management Strategy
  • Wilberforce Crown Land Management Area Management Plan 1982
Otago Conservation Management Strategy
  • South-East Otago Regional Management Plan 1980 (Part)*
  • Catlins State Forest Park Management Plan 1985 (Part)*
  • West Wanaka Crown Land Management Area Management Plan 1982
  • Silver Peaks Forest Management Plan 1977
Southland Murihiku Conservation Management Strategy
  • South-East Otago Regional Management Plan 1980 (Part)*
  • Catlins State Forest Park Management Plan 1985 (Part)*
  • Mavora Lakes Park Conservation Management Plan 1993
West Coast Conservation Management Strategy
  • Hooker-Landsborough Crown Land Management Area Management Plan 1982
  • A Management Plan for Adams Crown Land Management Area 1982
  • A Management Plan for Whitcombe-Browning Crown Land Management Area 1982
  • Central Southern Alps Crown Land Management Strategy 1982
  • North Westland Regional Management Plan 1983
  • North West Nelson Forest Park Management Plan 1991

* The South-East Otago Regional and Catlins State Forest management plans cover land within both Otago and Southland. Agreement was sought from the appropriate Board to withdraw the management plans for those parts within their conservation management strategy boundary.

Contact 

If you have any further questions email southislandcmp@doc.govt.nz

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