Introduction

News media need to apply for a permit to film on public conservation land if they are covering issues that are topical, timely and in the public interest.

Under the Conservation Act, anyone who wants to film for commercial reasons on public conservation land must have prior authorisation from DOC. This is to manage the impact of the activity on wildlife and protected areas and to ensure that all people, including staff, visitors and the media are safe. 

The Mainstream Media Process is used: 

  • when media need permission to film on public conservation land at short notice
  • when media are covering news and issues that are in the public interest. It may include the use of a drone or helicopter if required.

Apply for a mainstream media permit

Contact media@doc.govt.nz to lodge an application. Include the details of where and when you require access to conservation land.

We aim to process each permit application within 24–48 hours.

Note: There may be occasions where a streamlined permit process cannot be approved in the shortened time period, for example due to the need for iwi consultation. Media then need to apply for a filming concession (see below).

When the Mainstream Media Process does not apply

it does not apply if:

  • the issue is not topical, timely and in the public interest 
  • you are a commercial documentary maker, film company, advertiser, or social media influencer. 

You will need to apply for a filming concession instead.

 

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