The submission deadline for two draft conservation planning documents for Stewart Island/Rakiura is fast approaching.
Submissions for the Draft Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy and the Draft Rakiura National Park Management Plan close on March 11, 2009.
Entrance to Rakiura National Park
To date the Department has received 76 submissions.
The two draft planning documents, released in November 2008, followed extensive public consultation process including public meetings, several workshops, presentations, along with regular newsletters and information presented on this website.
DOC public awareness and planning manager for Southland Anke Habgood said people interested in the future of Stewart Island/Rakiura should make a submission.
She said submitting on the draft documents not only continues their involvement in shaping the future management of the island but helps the Department refine the island’s conservation planning direction.
“Constructive submissions are important as they ensure the information the Department has gathered reflects the desired outcomes of the public.
“We have worked hard to incorporate the community’s views into the draft planning documents and look forward to continuing to work alongside the community during the next stage of the process,” Mrs Habgood said.
The draft planning documents have been developed from information received during the public consultation process which started in 2005.
Public hearings will be held following the close of the submission period. However, only those who make a submission can be heard.
The Draft Stewart Island/Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy is a review of the current CMS for the Stewart Island/Rakiura area. Rakiura National Park was opened in 2002 and the Draft Rakiura National Park Management Plan is the first management plan for the park.
It is unclear how long the process will take to complete as this is largely dependant on the number and content of the submissions received.