Download documents from the stewardship land reclassification process.

DOC has released documents that are part of the project to reclassify stewardship land.

More about stewardship land reclassification

The documents support recommendations about the future classification status of pieces of stewardship land.

They have been released as part of a public notification process, starting with land in the Western South Island.

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Western South Island

Public notification period closed for stewardship land on the West Coast

Submissions closed at 5 pm on 23 August 2022. We asked for your views on the proposed reclassifications for 504 pieces of stewardship land on the West Coast before final decisions are made.

Help us reclassify stewardship land on the West Coast


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Type of documents

Conservation value reports

The conservation value reports provide a description of the piece of stewardship land, including its size and location. They also have information about:

  • ecological values
  • recreational values
  • heritage values
  • permissions
  • cultural values and interests.

The reports were prepared by DOC technical teams and the Mana Whenua Panel. The information about the Ngāi Tahu values and interests in the conservation value reports has been provided directly by the Mana Whenua Panel. The Mana Whenua Panel contribution includes but is not limited to Ngāi Tahu values and interests in relation to mahinga kai (natural resources practices), mātauranga Māori (knowledge) and aspirations for use of the land.

The purpose of the conservation value reports is to support the National and Mana Whenua Panels to prepare recommendations on the revised land classification of stewardship land.

It is important for the panels to understand what conservation and cultural values are present on each piece of land, so the correct revised land classification is applied.

Recommendation reports

The recommendation reports provide the specific details of the recommendation from the National and Mana Whenua Panels for pieces of stewardship land. 

They include the justification behind each recommendation, based on the information contained in the relevant conservation value report.

The National and Mana Whenua Panels assessed stewardship land against the statutory criteria according to landscape, ecological, cultural, historic, and recreational values.

The National and Mana Whenua Panels worked together to agree, where possible, on the most appropriate land classification for each area. Where the two panels did not agree, the recommendation report contains two different recommendations.

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