Read updates regarding the now closed consultation about the Kauri National Park proposal.

June 2012

On 13 June 2012, the Director-General of Conservation Al Morrison presented his report on the Waipoua Forest Kauri National Park proposal to the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) at their meeting in Wellington.

The NZCA has set up a committee to consider the report in detail. The members of this committee are:

  • Yvonne Sharp (Convenor)
  • Judy Hellstrom
  • Warren Parker

Read the investigation report (PDF, 2,816K) entitled 'Proposed Kauri National Park Waipoua Forest, Northland - Investigation Report by the Director-General of Conservation to the New Zealand Conservation Authority pursuant to Section 8 of the National Parks Act 1980'.

View a summary of submissions (PDF, 255K)

The section 8 National Parks Act investigation report and its accompanying documents support the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) in considering and consulting on the proposal for a national park to be established in and around Waipoua Forest, Northland.

August 2011

From 20 May to 18 July 2011 the Department of Conservation publicly notified the proposal to establish a Kauri National Park based on public conservation land in and around Waipoua Forest. The consultation process included releasing the 'Kauri National Park Proposal Public Discussion Paper' and holding a series of hui, meetings, workshops and 'drop-in sessions'.

The land identified for the national park proposal is within the rohe of Te Roroa, who have settled their historic Treaty claims with the Crown.

DOC is currently drafting a report on the proposal for the New Zealand Conservation Authority. The Authority will consider the report in accordance with the National Parks Act 1980, before making a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation as to whether the national park proposal should go ahead.

Key themes and questions which have emerged from public submissions and input include:

  • Co-governance between DOC and Te Roroa to manage the proposed national park
  • What impact a national park would have on communities, visitor infrastructure, roading, etc.
  • What protection the National Park Act gives to cultural and historic heritage
  • What impact will a national park have on the health of kauri with the kauri dieback (PTA) threat
  • How will a national park be funded
  • A desire to see other Northland kauri forests protected by national park status in the future

20 May 2011

A public discussion document is being released today, marking the start of a two-month public consultation on the Kauri National Park proposal.

Read more: Proposed Kauri National Park treasure for all - media release

11 February 2010

Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has welcomed today's decision by the New Zealand Conservation Authority to kick off the formal process that could lead to a national park in Northland.

"The Government is excited about establishing a national park centred on the Waipoua Forest, north of Dargaville."

Read more: Minister welcomes progress on Kauri National Park - media release by
Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson (Beehive website)

The New Zealand Conservation Authority decided today to kick off the formal process that could lead to a national park in Northland.

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