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 meeting: Friday 16 and Saturday 17 February 2024, Palmerston North Department of Conservation Office.

    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 name, contact phone number and details of the subject matter for discussion, no later than 5 pm, the Wednesday before the scheduled meeting. If you are unable to attend in person, a Teams meeting link can be emailed to you on request. Thank you.  

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