Deputy Director-General: Tata Lawton (National Office, Wellington)
Kāhui Kaupapa Atawhai:
- Works to ensure the Department of Conservation (DOC) fulfils its responsibilities to Māori under the Conservation Act
- Manages DOC's funding teams
- Monitors the activities of the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.
The group’s key functional areas are:
Te Tohu Huarahi (Future Direction/Strategic Positioning)
Leads the integration of Kaupapa Māori in DOC as essential to conservation management and works to position DOC to meet its responsibilities to Māori under the Conservation Act.
Te Putahitanga (Strategic Partnerships)
Coordinates DOC's connection with whanau, hapū and Iwi with the Pou Tairangahau network. Works closely with the DOC’s Policy Negotiation Unit regarding the Treaty settlement process.
Te Kotahitanga (Strategic Cultural Capability)
Leads projects and processes to build DOC's cultural awareness and cultural capability to enable DOC to work effectively in a Māori dimension.
Whenua Muna (Non-Departmental Funds)
This grouping comprises the Ngā Whenua Rāhui and the Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund. Also part of this group is Pūtea Urutapu which is the Nature Heritage Fund and Biodiversity, Condition and Advice Fund as well as the Terresterial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information Systems Fund.
The Nature Heritage Fund unit administer a Ministerial Fund established to protect ecosystems that represent the full range of natural diversity originally present in the New Zealand landscape by providing incentives for voluntary conservation on private land.
The Biodiversity Condition and Advice Funds unit is a government initiative to enhance management of biodiversity on private land (outside public conservation lands). This includes areas of native vegetation, wetlands, and the habitats of native fish, birds and other species.
The Ngā Whenua Rāhui unit supports the Tumuaki to provide advisory, executive and professional services to the Ngā Whenua Rāhui/Mātauranga Kura Taiao Komiti.
Ngā Whenua Rāhui is a contestable Ministerial fund established in 1991 to provide funding for the protection of indigenous ecosystems on Māori land. Its scope covers the full range of natural diversity originally present in the landscape.
The Mātauranga Kura Taiao Fund is a contestable fund supporting hapu/iwi initiatives to retain and promote traditional Māori knowledge and its use in biodiversity management. The Fund is part of the New Zealand Biodiversity Strategy, which gives recognition to tangata whenua and matauranga Māori in biodiversity management.