In the “Briefing to the incoming Associate Minister of Conservation 2014”
In 2013 the Department of Conservation adopted a new business model, focused on doing more with others to achieve significant growth in the amount of conservation being achieved throughout New Zealand.
Our model is designed to allow the Department to deliver its own conservation work as effectively as possible; to increase the awareness of conservation challenges we face; and to work more effectively with others so that, in partnership, we can achieve even more conservation.
To give effect to this model, our organisational structure has been reshaped to create a department that is outward facing; integrated and internally efficient, and that is set up to deliver our vision: New Zealand is the greatest living space on earth.
The structure is designed to drive interdependence across business groups and to promote behaviour that supports DOC working as one organisation. It comprises six groups, which can briefly be described as follows:
The Conservation Partnerships Group
The Conservation Partnerships Group is responsible for growing conservation through partnerships. As this part of the Department's work largely mirrors your area of delegated responsibility, it is described in greater detail below.
The Conservation Services Group
The Conservation Services Group is responsible for doing conservation work in the field. It is organised into six regions, each led by a Conservation Director. Each region has teams of rangers who carry out recreation, historic heritage and biodiversity work across New Zealand. They work closely with the Partnerships Group to deliver field work in partnership with others as well as doing all of the Department's conservation work that occurs locally – from hut and track maintenance, to species and ecosystems work, and interacting with the public daily on a wide range of conservation topics and issues.
A Planning Unit is contained within the Services Group to ensure that we work more efficiently and effectively together to plan and prioritise work.
Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai
Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai is responsible for developing a cultural platform that connects people with the natural world and integrates Kaupapa Māori with conservation management: "Kia Kotahi Mai - People and nature as one". It plays an important role in building cultural awareness, developing DOC's capability for working in a Māori dimension, and leading DOC's work to ensure that we fulfil our Section 4 responsibilities of the Conservation Act.
Kahui Kaupapa Atawhai also focuses on developing the foundation for iwi conservation leadership. Its work in leading the engagment with whānau, hapū and iwi supports our Partnerships and Services groups to work with iwi on the ground, and to grow conservation partnerships with iwi across the country.
The Business Performance Group
The Business Performance Group has the role of creating an integrated working environment that results in greater conservation gains by providing effective and efficient business systems, tools and support.
It ensures that the Department's systems, processes and tools are functional, simple, efficient, economic and meet customer and statutory requirements. The group also fulfils the essential functions related to finance and investment, business assurance, information systems and services, business shared services, business improvement, management and planning.
The Policy and Regulatory Services Group
The Policy and Regulatory Services Group is responsible for embedding conservation thinking and its links to New Zealand's prosperity across agencies and sector groups, and with our Treaty partners.
This group leads the Department's strategic policy development and its input to Treaty settlement negotiations, manages the Department's legal service and responses to ministerial and Official Information Act requests, and provides statutory land management, resource management planning, statutory management planning and permissions services to conservation decision-makers.
The Science and Capability Group
The Science and Capability Group designs and implements systems by which science, technical, capability and communications inform and enable DOC and the sector to deliver increased conservation outcomes for the benefit of New Zealand both now and in the future.
The group is focussed on building the skills and leadership capability of people to engage productively in conservation, by communicating the value of conservation; improving conservation delivery through new and improved systems and processes grounded in science; and managing DOC's obligations under international conservation agreements and other international initiatives.