Bettle on fern, Maud Island.

Image: Sabine Bernert | ©


Our statutory plans set out how DOC and our Treaty partners manage our natural and historic heritage.


Your heritage, your say - Tōu Taonga, Tōu Whakaaro 

Conservation management strategies, national park management plans and conservation management plans set out how DOC and our Treaty partners intend to manage public conservation land and water, plants, birds, wild animals, marine mammals, and historic and cultural sites over a 10+ year period.

These statutory plans identify what we intend to manage and why, and includes criteria for making decisions about activities that require permission or have a business aspect. Conservation management plans may also reflect co-management objectives with our Treaty partners and give effect to Treaty settlements.

Statutory plans do not identify how we will achieve those intentions, and usually not when. These are decided during the annual and multi-year allocation of staff and money.

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