Matiu/Somes Island


The Wellington Conservation Board has an advisory and community liaison role in the conservation of the Wellington/Kapiti, Wairarapa, and Manawatu regions.

    The Wellington Conservation Board is the community’s voice in conservation management in the region. The board gives advice to DOC on local conservation matters and carries out important planning roles. A major responsibility of the board is in the development and implementation of the Wellington Conservation Management Strategy.

    This statutory plan identifies and establishes objectives for the integrated management of natural and historic resources within the region. The Conservation Board is involved in the preparation, review, amendment, and implementation monitoring of the plan.


    The Wellington Conservation Board is active and passionate in their advocacy of the region’s conservation. The Board works with various conservation organisations and members of the public, to ensure they represent the interests of their locale in conservation, within a fast-changing contemporary environment.

    The Conservation Boards’ quarterly newsletter is a great way to keep informed with the recent activities of the Board, subscribe and explore the archive. You can also follow the Board’s Facebook page to keep up with the very latest in conservation of the region.

    The Board periodically makes submissions on a range of conservation issues; these are available for the public to view.

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    The Board meets up to six times a year at various locations. A public forum session, where members of the public can talk to the Board on conservation issues, is held at each meeting.

    Next meetings:

      • 7 & 8 June 2024 – Wellington Conservation House – 18 Manners Street
      • 9 & 10 August 2024 – Palmerston North DOC Office – 28 North Street
      • 4 & 5 October 2024 – Wairarapa DOC Office – 220 South Road, Masterton
      • 15 & 16 November 2024 – Kāpiti Wellington DOC Office – 13b Wall Place, Kenepuru

    Members of the public are welcome to attend the Public Forum to raise conservation matters between 12.30pm -13.30pm on Friday, 9 August 2024, at the Palmerston North DOC Office – 28 North Street. 

    The full agenda for meetings is generally available from the Board Support Officer one week before the meeting date. View minutes and agendas from past meetings.

    If you would like to speak during the Public Forum, please email with your contact information and all relevant paperwork attached one week prior to the board meeting date. You can attend the Public Forum in person or via Teams. If you are unable to attend in person, a Teams link can be emailed to you. Thank you.

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    Claire Jacbos
    Board Support Officer
    Te Papaioea / Palmerston North Office
    Department of Conservation
    Private Bag 11010
    Manawatu Mail Centre
    Palmerston North 4442
    New Zealand

    Phone: +64 27 417 5246

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