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Have your say on the draft Wellington Conservation Management Strategy.

Submissions on the draft Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) closed on 4 April 2017, with 239 submissions received. Hearings were held in May for submitters who wished to be heard. The hearings panel was made up of departmental staff and representatives of the Wellington Conservation Board.

The Department has prepared its responses to submissions received on the draft Wellington CMS, and these were forwarded to the Wellington Conservation Board for their consideration on 14 August 2017. Some of the Department’s responses have resulted in changes which have been incorporated into a revised draft Wellington CMS.  

View the draft CMS

You can view the draft CMS online.

What happens next 

The Department’s responses to submissions and the Revised draft Wellington CMS was referred to the Wellington Conservation Board (Board) on 14 August 2017. Once their consideration of the revised draft CMS is completed, the Board will forward it to the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) for approval. It should be noted that as both the Board and the NZCA may seek further changes to the Revised draft Wellington CMS, the CMS is not yet finalised.

The Board may take up to 6 months to complete its consideration. Updates will be provided on this website, and the Department will inform all submitters of the outcome in due course.

The next steps of the process are:

  • The Board will consider the changes the Department has made in the revised draft CMS and how submissions have been responded to. Should the Board wish to make changes, it may request the Department to further revise the draft CMS
  • Once the Board has completed its review, the draft CMS will be forwarded to the NZCA for its consideration and approval. They may require further changes to the CMS before approval
  • The draft CMS is then referred to the Minister of Conservation for comment
  • Finally, the NZCA approves the CMS and the strategy is notified as operative.

More information on the Wellington CMS consultation.


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