Rowi habitat of Okarito Forest

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Have your say on the draft National Park Management Plan for Westland Tai Poutini National Park. The date for the close of submissions has been extended. Submissions now close 4 February 2019.

A National Park Management Plan (NPMP) is a statutory document that provides integrated management objectives for the protection of the flora, fauna, natural and cultural features of the national park including the management of recreation, tourism and other activities in the park.

How to submit

The draft Westland Tai Poutini NPMP is publicly notified on 8 September 2018. Any member of the public can lodge a written submission on the draft no later than 4 pm Monday 4 February 2019

You can put in a submission by emailing a submission form to or by post to:

Westland Tai Poutini NPMP Submissions
Department of Conservation
Private Bag 4715
Christchurch 8140

Submission form (Word, 516K)

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard in support of their submission should state this in their submission.

Hearings will be after the close of submissions and dates will be confirmed once the full extent and number of submissions is known.  

This printable factsheet (PDF, 121K) contains the information on this webpage about submitting on the draft Westland Tai Poutini NPMP.

View the plan

Draft Westland Tai Poutini National Park Management Plan (PDF, 9,782K)

Maps in the draft Plan

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Hard copies of the plan can be inspected during working hours between 9 am and 4:30 pm at:   

What to look for in the draft Westland Tai Poutini NPMP

The draft NPMP has been written in consultation with the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board and in partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu and Te Rūnanga o Makaawhio, and after consultation of key stakeholders and the public. The rūnanga have taken this opportunity to share their values, relationship and aspiration for the Park. This has been done through cultural narratives, policies provisions and design elements which have been used to identify and guide the Parts and sections within the NPMP. 

The parts and sections of the NPMP are:

  • Introduction – Kā Roimata a Rakinui – the beginning- This part provides a vision for the Park, introduction and a partnership framework for achieving an enduring living Treaty partnership
  • Part One: Te mana o Tai Poutini – the significance and stories of Poutini and the National Park.
  • Part Two: Kā Roimata o Aoraki – what we see today – cultural and spiritual significance of the Park, how the Park’s features were created; and the mana whenua values, natural, historic, mahika kai, recreation and engagement values and uses in the Park.
  • Part Three: Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere – what we need to know as guardians of the Park – the overarching objectives and policies for the Park.
    • Part Four: Places – There are three places identified in the Park are based on commonality of landscapes, ecosystems, values, uses and management issues. The outcomes, policies and milestones provide specific guidance for each Place.
    • Part Five: Reporting – the implementation, monitoring, reporting and milestones, to identify whether the Department is achieving the Plan’s directions.

The public notification of the draft NPMP is an opportunity to seek public views on all matters within the plan. There are two discussion boxes within the draft seeking specific feedback   on a proposed amenities area in the Franz Josef Glacier/Kā Roimata o Hinehukatere valley to facilitate other recreational and public amenities for public use and enjoyment, in this instance for a proposed gondola development. The second discussion box is to seek feedback on proposed recreational dog walking on specific tracks within the park. All of these provisions are to be read alongside all of the outcomes, policies and milestones within the draft plan. 

Your submission

We would like to hear from you.

If you agree with what the NPMP states regarding your place or issue of interest, then great!  Put in a submission supporting the relevant provisions.

If you don’t agree with a provision in the NPMP please let us know why and what you would like changed.

Also, please let us know whether you would like to present your submission (be heard) in person before a panel of representatives from DOC, iwi and the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board.

More information

Further background information on the developed draft plan can be found here:

What happens next

When the submission period is over (4pm Monday 4 February 2019), DOC will collate all the submissions received and a hearing(s) will be held for all those submitters who asked to be heard. Once the hearings are completed, DOC will revise the draft NPMP based on submissions received (not just those submitters who asked to be heard). In some cases, changes may not be possible due to legislative or other constraints. Either way, you will be advised on DOC’s response to your submission and the reasons for that approach.

The revised draft NPMP is then sent to the Westcoast Tai Poutini Conservation Board for its consideration. Further changes may be made to the draft before it is sent to the New Zealand Conservation Authority for approval.

Once approved it will replace the current operational Westland Tai Poutini NPMP 2001.


If you have any further questions email

Submissions invited on adjoining Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

The draft National Park Management Plan for the adjoining Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is notified at the same time and written submissions are invited no later than 4 pm Monday 4 February 2019.

Draft Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park Management Plan

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