In the “Department of Conservation's Statutory Planning Processes

Minister of Conservation. Accountable to Parliament and Cabinet for the management of public conservation land and reserves.

Director-General of Conservation implements, through the Department, the Conservation General Policy and the National Parks General Policy and prepares conservation management strategies, national park management plans and conservation management plans.

New Zealand Conservation Authority. The NZCA is made up of 13 members of the public who are appointed by the Minister of Conservation. It is responsible for approving conservation management strategies, national park management plans, and sometimes conservation management plans. It also adopts national park general policy, and advises the Minister of Conservation on other general policy statements. It also advises the Minister of Conservation and the Director-General of Conservation on matters of national importance. It also gets to have a say in reviewing and reporting on DOC’s management and budget priorities, and it liaises with the New Zealand Fish and Game Council.

Conservation Boards. There are fourteen conservation boards, which have a regional focus with specific responsibilities to their region. The conservation boards are appointed by the Minister of Conservation to provide advice to the Department on conservation issues. They approve conservation management plans and recommend the approval of conservation management strategies to the New Zealand Conservation Authority. They also liaise with regional Fish and Game Councils.

Maori/Iwi. The Conservation Act, and all the Acts listed in its First Schedule, must be interpreted and administered to give effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. Effective partnerships with tangata whenua can achieve enhanced conservation of natural resources and historical and cultural heritage. Tangata whenua responsibilities to this heritage are embodied in the ethic of kaitiakitanga. Kaitiakitanga is the exercise of customary practices of guardianship, protection, stewardship and sustainable use by tangata whenua in relation to ancestral lands, waters, sites, wahi tapu and other taonga. Tangata whenua are consulted during the preparation of conservation management strategies, national park management plans and conservation management plans.

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