Cycling the Paparoa Track

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DOC has halted the CMS amendment process while it works with iwi, conservation and recreation groups to ensure the legal process is robust.

DOC publicly notified amendments to the West Coast Te Tai o Poutini Conservation Management Strategy 2010 (WCCMS) in March 2019. Submissions closed Monday 20 May 2019.

Why we halted the CMS amendment

Forest and Bird (F&B) and Federated Mountain Clubs (FMC) raised concerns with DOC and the New Zealand Conservation Authority (NZCA) as to the process being followed. This was in respect of the amendment of the WCCMS and the approval of the Paparoa National Park Management Plan.

Your submission

The decision to halt the amendment has nothing to do with submissions received.

Submissions received on the WCCMS amendment will be considered within any future processes developed.

What happens next

DOC and NZCA are working on investigating the issues raised as a matter of priority, including engaging with F&B and FMC to determine whether these matters can be resolved.

Our engagement work with F&B and FMC is legally privileged. This means we must wait until the work on these matters is complete before we can share any outcomes.


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However, be aware that while the legal process is ongoing DOC and the NZCA won't be able to provide an update on the concerns that have been raised.

Background and submissions

Why were we amending the CMS?

In 2017 the NZCZ approved the Paparoa National Park Management Plan. The Conservation Management Strategy amendment process was to ensure the Plan was consistent with the WCCMS.

The process to prepare and approve the Plan was fast-tracked to allow for the Paparoa Track and Pike29 Memorial Track (the tracks) to be built.

The tracks were identified by the Pike River Families as a project to honour the memory of the 29 men who died in the 2011 Pike River Mine disaster.

This fast-tracked plan review meant that amendments to the WCCMS would be made after the Plan was approved. DOC consulted with the NZCA and the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board about the need to run an unusual process and this was agreed to because of the exceptional circumstances at the time.

The intention was to complete the amendment process by September 2019.

The amendments to the WCCMS were needed to allow for some commercial activities, such as aircraft landings and mountain biking, to take place on the tracks, as well as clarifying activities that are not specified in the WCCMS. 

The amendments also explicitly allowed for mountain biking on the tracks outside of Paparoa National Park.

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