It is a priority for the Minister of Conservation that stewardship land across the country is reclassified appropriately. It is an important project that will determine the future of large areas of public conservation land.
Have your say on the future of 504 pieces of stewardship land on the West Coast and help determine the best outcome for these pieces of land.
Background to the notification
Stewardship land is the term used for land that was allocated to DOC when it was formed in 1987. It includes former state forest and Crown land that was considered to have conservation value.
There are over 3,000 pieces of stewardship land of varying sizes across New Zealand.
DOC is supporting the reclassification of stewardship land to ensure land with conservation and cultural values is protected for future generations to enjoy.
Reclassifying stewardship land on the West Coast
The National Panel for the Western South Island, and a Ngāi Tahu Mana Whenua Panel, have been reviewing the 504 pieces of stewardship land on the West Coast.
They began their work in November 2021 and have spent five months assessing the information in the conservation value reports for all the stewardship land areas. Landscape reports and management planning guidance were also prepared. They have also undertaken site visits to the region.
The panels have prepared draft recommendations for the future classification of stewardship land.
Their recommendations have been prepared in accordance with the statutory criteria according to ecological, cultural, historic, landscape and recreational values. Where land has been determined to have no or very low conservation values, it has been recommended for disposal.
We have released the conservation value reports and the recommendation reports.
The conservation value reports describe each piece of stewardship land, the conservation values present and Ngāi Tahu values and interests. They were used by the panels to support their recommendations.
The recommendation reports provide the recommendations from the panels for the areas of stewardship land.
The National Panel and Mana Whenua Panel worked together to agree, where possible, on the most appropriate land classification for each area. Where the two panels did not agree, there is a National Panel recommendation and a Mana Whenua Panel recommendation.
Your input will help
The recommendations from the panels for the 504 pieces of stewardship land are not final.
We want your feedback to help determine the best outcome for stewardship land areas on the West Coast.
We are asking whether you agree or disagree with the panels' recommendations and to include any comments you might have.
Out of scope
While the panels and the review of legislation relating to stewardship land are both part of the broader stewardship land reclassification project, we are only seeking your feedback on the panels' recommendations.
We are not seeking views on the proposed legislative changes. These were covered in an earlier consultation: Streamlining the stewardship land reclassification process.
The consultation period for the discussion document on the proposed changes closed on 18 March 2022. A summary of submissions will be published in the coming months.
Submit your response
We are seeking your feedback on the recommendations for 504 parcels of stewardship land on the West Coast before final decisions are made.
Submissions close at 5 pm on 26 July 2022.
This is a 40-day consultation period.
Make a submission online
An online submission form has been developed to receive feedback on the recommendations for the 504 parcels of stewardship land on the West Coast.
The submission form will be available until 5 pm on 26 July 2022.
How to use the online submission form
The form asks you to enter personal details, including:
- your name
- the name of your organisation, if you are submitting on behalf of an organisation
- your contact details – an email address is required.
It lets you explore the pieces of stewardship land under review in a table.
There is no limit to the number of pieces of stewardship land you want to provide feedback on.
Links to the conservation value reports and recommendation reports are provided for each piece of stewardship land to help you with your submission.
Email and written submissions
We’re encouraging people to submit their feedback online. However, you can make a make a written submission.
You will need to include:
- your contact details
- if you would like to speak to your submission through a public hearing
- the piece of stewardship land you are providing feedback on (NaPALIS ID and area name)
- whether you support, oppose or have no opinion on the recommendation (when required, state that you are commenting on the National Panel or the Mana Whenua Panel recommendation)
- whether you have any comments on the recommendation (when required, state that you are commenting on the National Panel or the Mana Whenua Panel recommendation).
You can access the conservation values and recommendations reports online, along with the landscape and management planning reports.
A hard copy of the conservation values reports and recommendation reports, as well as the landscape and management planning reports, are available for review (not removal) at the following offices:
- Karamea Information and Resource Centre (106 Bridge St, Karamea 7893)
- Kawatiri Westport Office (72 Russell St, Westport 7825)
- Paparoa National Park Visitor Centre (4294 Coast Road Punakaiki 7873)
- Hokitika Office (10 Sewell Street, Hokitika 7810)
- Haast Visitor Centre (State Highway 6, Okuru 7886)
- Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre (69 Cron Street, Franz Josef / Waiau 7886)
Due to the amount of information contained in a report, no photocopying of the reports will be available.
Send us your submission
Subject line: West Coast stewardship land reclassification
Stewardship Land Reclassification Project
C/- Department of Conservation,
Private Bag 4715, Christchurch Mail Centre
Attention: Anna Cameron
All submissions must be received by DOC by 5 pm on 26 July 2022.
Guidance for submitters
We have prepared a guidance document that provides an overview of the public notification process.
DOC will publish a summary of submissions
A summary of submissions received will be published on this web page.
Your submission may be released publicly
All submissions are subject to the Official Information Act and can be released under this Act. If you have specific reasons for wanting to have your submission withheld, explain your reasons in the submission. Your reasons will be considered when making any assessment for the release of submissions under the Official Information Act.
What happens next
Once submissions close, a summary of submissions will be prepared and provided to the panels. Your submission will be viewed by the panels to help support their final deliberations following the notification period.
When required, an opportunity will be provided to submitters to allow them to speak to their submission. This will take the form of a public hearing and details will be shared on this web page.
The panels will review their recommendations based on the information received from the public process before making their final recommendations to the Minister of Conservation.
The Minister will consider the recommendations and the justification for the recommendations before deciding whether or not to proceed with the proposal.
If you have questions or need help with your submission, email the stewardship land team: firstname.lastname@example.org