In the “Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy and Rakiura National Park Management Plan 2011-2021”
Decisions for facilities in Southland Conservancy have been made as an outcome a consultation process resulting from the Southland Conservancy Recreation Opportunities Review; the submissions anlaysis and decisions of which were published in October 2004. The options for future management of visitor facilities are grouped under the 11 headings defined below with the ‘maintain by community’ option being broken into a further three sub-classifications.
The facility will continue to be maintained to the appropriate standard, providing recreation opportunities the same as, or similar to, those currently available. If it is a building or a structure it will be replaced with a similar facility at the end of its useful life.
The Department of Conservation will bring the asset up to the required standard for the visitor group if it is not currently to the required standard.
2. Proposed (new)
A new facility will be developed in a place where there has not previously been one.
A new facility will be built replacing an existing facility that will soon reach the end of its useful life.
4. Upgrade to higher standard
The facility requires upgrading to a higher standard or to a larger size to meet the needs of the main visitor and/or mitigate against visitor impacts.
5. Maintain to lower standard
The facility will be maintained to a lower standard than has previously been the case. Often this will mean continuing to manage to a lower standard because the original standard intended for the facility was too high and never achieved.
Remove the facility (if a structure, sign, hut or building). If a track, remove markers, plant out track entrances and leave the track to revert to a natural state, or assist this process if necessary.
7. Minimal maintenance
Used for huts and other buildings. The building will be inspected by the Department of Conservation on a regular cycle. Inspectors will travel with basic tools and equipment and some minor maintenance (that can be done during the regular inspections) will be undertaken. When the building is no longer weatherproof or becomes dangerous or insanitary, it will be removed, unless there is a community group willing and able to bring it up to standard and maintain it to standard (see Seeking community maintenance).
8. Cease maintenance
For tracks, markers will be left until they naturally disappear, but the track will be left to revert to a natural state. Roads are closed to motor vehicles. Car parks, amenity areas and campsites are left to revert to a natural state and any associated buildings or signs will be removed. Signs will be placed at track entrances stating that the track is no longer maintained.
9. Close site/remove all assets
Remove all assets (structures, signs, huts, track markers, etc.), plant out track entrances and leave the site to revert to a natural state. Closed sites will be removed from all visitor information. Where necessary the site or part of it will be rehabilitated.
10. Non-visitor Department of Conservation management
For facilities receiving very little or no visitor use, the facility will be managed by the Department of Conservation for other purposes, such as to accommodate pest control staff, to access a biodiversity conservation area or for historic conservation purposes. The facilities will not normally be available for visitor use.
11. Maintain by Community classifications:
Owned by Department of Conservation but maintained by community
The facility is one the Department of Conservation believes should be retained. It is one that could realistically be maintained by a club, community group or local authority. The facility may already be maintained by the community. A management agreement should be established if one is not already in place. The funding assumption is that the Department of Conservation will not cover maintenance costs, but will fund inspections and replacement.
Owned and maintained by the community
The Department of Conservation currently has a formal agreement in place with a club, community group or local authority to maintain the asset. If, in the future, that agreement falls over, the future of that asset will be determined following consultation with the community.
Seeking community maintenance
The asset currently has no formal agreement in place and is not one that the Department of Conservation believes it should maintain at all. The facility should only be retained long-term if the community agrees to take it on. It is one that realistically could be maintained by a club, community group or local authority. The Department of Conservation will discuss ongoing maintenance and replacement of the facility with such groups and should establish a management agreement for that maintenance.