Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson has welcomed the release today of a discussion document to kick-start public consultation on the proposal to establish a new national park in Northland’s Waipoua Forest.
“Waipoua Forest is a national treasure and making it a national park has been talked about for some time,” Ms Wilkinson says.
“The release of this discussion document will allow the public to see the areas being looked at for inclusion and to look at the social and economic impacts of making the area a national park.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved in this process over the next two months.”
Public feedback on the proposal will inform the report to the New Zealand Conservation Authority, which then recommends to the Minister of Conservation whether or not a national park should be established.
A series of workshops and hui to inform people about the proposal and encourage feedback will be held around Northland over the next two months.
Submissions close on 18 July 2011.