In the “Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy and Rakiura National Park Management Plan 2011-2021

This conservation planning resource contains both the Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Stratey 2011-2021, as well as the Rakiura National Park Management Plan 2011-2021.

Conservation Management Strategies and National Park Management Plans are not normally contained within the same document. However, in 2005 the existing CMS for the Island was due for a review and a National Park Management Plan for the newly formed Rakiura National Park was yet to be written. As such, the Department of Conservation decided to embark on the public consultation of these two documents at the same time. The end result is that while they are still two legally distinct documents, they are physically combined into one document for ease of reference.

What is the Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy and the Rakiura National Park Management Plan?

Following a public consultation process, the Department of Conservation has prepared this planning resource in consultation with the Southland Conservation Board. It has been drafted in accordance with the Department of Conservation’s functions under the Conservation Act 1987 and the National Parks Act 1980.

This conservation planning resource combines the revised Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) 1997-2007 and the first Rakiura National Park Management Plan. To distinguish the different planning functions encompassed in this conservation planning resource for Stewart Island/Rakiura, the document is split into four main sections:

Section One

The Stewart Island/Rakiura CMS prepared in accordance with the Conservation Act 1987. The objectives and policies in this section set out the overarching direction for the strategic and integrated management of all public conservation lands on Stewart Island/Rakiura for the next ten years or until formally amended or reviewed.

Section Two

The first Rakiura National Park Management Plan, prepared under the National Parks Act 1980. The objectives and policies in this section set out the detailed management direction for Rakiura National Park for the next ten years or until formally amended or reviewed.

Each of these two sections is a legally distinct planning document with its own foreword, contents pages and maps.

Section Three

The combined appendices relating to sections one and two of this document.

Section Four

The glossary, which presents key definitions applicable to sections one, two and three of this document.

Maps presented in these documents are indicative only. If further information is required on the location of places mentioned in the text of these documents, then this should be sought from New Zealand topographical information.

Informal public consultation on this document began with two public meetings in September 2005. In September 2006 the Department of Conservation published a discussion document focusing on key topics for which public direction was sought. Following the receipt of 414 responses to the discussion document, thirteen public workshops were held. These included workshops to discuss the Ulva Island, Mason Bay, Port Pegasus/Pikihatiti areas; hunting and hunter huts across the island; and the rest of the conservation areas such as the northern part of Rakiura National Park, the southern part of Rakiura National Park and the conservation lands close to Oban/Halfmoon Bay.

The Draft Stewart Island/Rakiura CMS and Draft Rakiura National Park Management Plan were publically notified in November 2008. Three hundred and sixteen submissions were received on the two draft planning documents. The Department of Conservation released a summary of submissions in May 2009. The Department of Conservation held nine hearings from June 2009 through to August 2009: 50 submitters were heard on their written submissions.

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