Purpose of the proposal
A review of the status of public conservation lands in this area is a priority because we know that some classifications do not necessarily reflect all the conservation values.
The different land classification statuses determine the legal protection, management and use of these types of public conservation lands.
Land being reviewed
St James Conservation Area (79,300 ha) is currently classified as stewardship land and is the focus of the review.
The classification status of the following other public conservation lands will also be reviewed:
- Woodbank Conservation Area (2,200 ha)
- The Poplars Conservation Area on the north side of SH7 (2,100 ha)
Total proposed area being investigated: 110,700 ha.
- St James conservation resources 1998 (PDF, 2,511K) Note: this is a low quality scan
- The Poplars conservation resources 1998 (PDF, 1,350) Note: this is a low quality scan
- Woodbank Conservation Area LINZ website
- Proposed areas to be investigated for reclassification (PDF, 2,064K)
- Recreational use in the vicinity of proposed reclassification areas (PDF, 1,341K)
- Areas adjoining the proposed reclassification areas (PDF, 1,173K)
- Administrative boundaries for the proposed reclassification areas (PDF, 1,285K)
Presentation August 2017
Review process and dates
The review process will involve investigating and making recommendations about the status of these areas, having regard to all land status options under the Conservation Act, Reserves Act and National Parks Act.
The December 2017 anticipated dates were removed in March 2018. New dates will be added to the website and advised directly to stakeholders when they are confirmed.
Phase 1: Establish and investigate - Completed
Initiate the project, collect information and investigate through consultation, values and classification options (June to August 2017).
Phase 2: Develop - Underway
Consider information and develop a draft reclassification proposal.
Phase 3: Notify
Publicly notify the draft reclassification proposal, call for submissions and a public hearing.
Phase 4: Recommendations and decision-making
Analysis of all information, recommended proposal considered by the Minister of Conservation.
Phase 5: Implementation
Statutory and on-the-ground implementation of any reclassification decision (after decision-making).
Preliminary public consultation
This preliminary public consultation closed on 11 August 2017. Thank you to those who have sent us information and comments about:
- the natural, cultural, historic heritage values, and recreation, features, values, use, aspirations and issues for areas within the land parcels, and their relationship with surrounding areas
- whether the areas proposed in the reclassification project are appropriate; ie should the four other proposed areas be reviewed along with the St James Conservation Area?
- what classification/s would be appropriate for the public conservation land (or parts of the land) being investigated, having regard to its conservation values.
There will be a statutory public submission process where you can formally record your views about a draft reclassification proposal. Updated information will be provided on this web page.
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