DOC is pleased to advise that the Wellington Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) has been approved by the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) at their October meeting.
What were the major changes made to the CMS?
There were three stages when changes were made to the CMS.
- During the submission period. DOC received 239 submissions on the draft Wellington CMS. These submissions received great suggestions and feedback. DOC made substantial changes to the CMS genuinely incorporate this feedback.
- During the Wellington Conservation Board consideration stage. The board received the CMS in August 2017 and forwarded it to the NZCA in March 2018. During this time, the board and DOC held 8 workshops to review the revised CMS and submissions. Some of the major changes made were:
- Better emphasis and recognition of treaty partnerships in the Wellington region and the relationships with the community
- Including more context about the Wellington region and its priorities
- Better explanation of how the CMS links to other statutory documents, including DOC's organisational strategy, and how it will direct operational work at place
- Rework of the milestones in the document to develop meaningful milestones to assist in the implementation and monitoring of the CMS
- During the NZCA approval stage. The NZCA provided constructive feedback to the board and DOC on how to improve the CMS. One of those changes was to include a policy and milestone around monitoring aircraft and its effects in the Central Spine Place to establish evidenced-based thresholds that will indicate when recreational and conservation values are being adversely affected.