Introduction

Get information on our purpose and outcomes - including our intermediate outcomes and stretch goals.

Our work is guided by Te Kaupapa a Te Papa Atawhai, which outlines our purpose, roles, behaviours, principles and outcomes. 

Our purpose

Papatūānuku Thrives.

Our outcomes

  • Te ora o Papatūānuku | Healthy nature
  • Te hunga Atawhai | People who care
  • Te ora o te Hapori | Thriving communities
Intermediate outcomes – 25-year targets

We measure our progress towards our long-term goals by using a logic model and intermediate outcomes. The intermediate outcomes around which our conservation work is organised are listed below for each outcome.

Stretch goals – 10-year targets

To focus our effort and move towards our vision, DOC has developed a set of ten stretch goals. Stretch goals are challenging goals that ultimately require us to work with our Treaty partner and others to achieve them. They include clear targets to enable us to achieve our intermediate outcomes.

Outcome: Te ora o Papatūānuku | Healthy nature

Our roles:

  1. Care for the land, the waters, our native species and our heritage.
  2. Tell the stories of our nature and our history.

Intermediate outcomes by year 25:

  • The diversity of our natural heritage is maintained and restored.
  • Our history is brought to life and protected.

Stretch goals by year 10:

  • 50% of New Zealand’s natural ecosystems are benefiting from pest management.
  • 90% of our threatened species across New Zealand’s ecosystems are managed to enhance their populations.
  • 50 freshwater ecosystems are restored from the mountains to the sea.
  • A nationwide network of marine protected areas is in place, representing New Zealand’s marine ecosystems.
  • The stories of 50 historic Icon Sites are told and protected.

Outcome: Te hunga Atawhai | People who care

Our roles:

  1. Partner with whānau, hapū and iwi, and collaborate with others.
  2. Advocate for nature, and be a regulator.

Intermediate outcomes by year 25:

  • Whānau, hapū and iwi are able to practise their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural and cultural resources on public conservation lands and waters.
  • New Zealanders and international visitors contribute to conservation.

Stretch goals by year 10:

  • Whānau, hapū and iwi are able to practise their responsibilities as kaitiaki of natural and cultural resources on public conservation lands and waters.
  • 90% of New Zealanders think the impacts of visitors on public conservation lands and waters are very well managed.

Outcome: Te ora o te Hapori | Thriving communities

Our roles:

  1. Foster recreation in nature

Intermediate outcomes by year 25:

  • New Zealanders and international visitors are enriched by their connection to New Zealand’s nature and heritage.
  • New Zealand’s unique environment and heritage is a foundation for our economic, social and cultural success.

Stretch goals by year 10:

  • 90% of New Zealanders are connecting with nature and heritage in ways that improve their wellbeing.
  • 90% of visitors rate their experiences on public conservation lands and waters as exceptional.
  • 80% of New Zealanders are taking action to protect, restore and sustain nature and heritage.

Our principles and behaviours

The way we work is guided by principles and behaviours. 

Within our operating model, our decision-making principles are:

  • elevating principles of the Treaty and fulfilling our Treaty partner relationships
  • holding wellbeing and safety at our heart
  • working together with others
  • leaving the world a better place

Our behaviours are:

  • Whakatīnanatia | We deliver
  • Atawhaitia a Papatūānuku | We love nature
  • Whakawhānaungatanga | We build relationships
  • Whakaauaha | We innovate

How it all fits together

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