Date: 29 April 2013
The Department of Conservation is welcoming the announcement of an additional $20 million funding for conservation over the next four years.
Director General Al Morrison says the new funding will allow the department to strengthen its new structure by adding about 60 additional frontline roles across the country.
Mr Morrison says it will also enable investment in a number of priority recreational projects such as up-grading the Tongariro Crossing and on-going work with cycleway projects.
Mr Morrison says this funding will allow new ranger, visitor information and support positions at local offices and visitors centres across the country.
“DOC remains fully committed to the changes we have underway – the department has to adopt a new simpler regional structure and connect more effectively with conservation partners, if we are to meet the challenges ahead.”
“The proposal we are currently working through with our staff will build that new structure and this additional funding will underpin more frontline resource within that structure.
Al Morrison says the restructuring proposal still involves significant changes for DOC and is likely to lead to an overall reduction of about 80 fewer positions across the organisation.
Mr Morrison says DOC will be working to factor the new ranger, visitor information and support roles into the proposals and final decisions on the impact at a local level will be made early next month.
Rory Newsam, DOC Media Advice Manager, +64 4 471 3104 or +64 27 295 3809