Date: 19 March 2013
The sustainable and unified management of Pukekura reserve land is the goal of a management plan being formally launched tomorrow.
Representatives from the four parties involved in preparing the Plan will hold a ceremonial signing of the document at an invitation-only event at the Royal Albatross Centre.
The four parties are Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou, the Karako Karetai Trust, the Dunedin City Council (DCC) and the Department of Conservation (DOC).
The Pukekura Reserves Management Plan is an integrated plan covering the reserves at Pukekura (Taiaroa Head) vested in the DCC and in the Crown (administered by DOC).
Mayor of Dunedin, Dave Cull, says the Management Plan provides a holistic and sustainable approach to managing the area, regardless of ownership boundaries. It promotes the concept of kaitiakitanga, or stewardship, of the land.
“This has been an important process driven by the desire to protect and enhance the key values of this significant area.”
The purpose of the Management Plan is to incorporate all reserves currently managed by the DCC and DOC at Taiaroa Head into one reserve management plan, in order to achieve one vision and allow for the establishment of a joint management group.
The Plan identifies the Pukekura values as (in order of significance), ecological, cultural, historic, public appreciation, and tourism and commercial.
Tomorrow’s signing is the outcome of many years of discussion and work and follows approval and adoption of the Management Plan by the Coucnil and the Otago Conservation Board last year.
The next step is to form the joint management group, which will work with key stakeholders to implement the Plan.
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