The New Zealand Conservation Authority has approved the Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) for Northland, which becomes operational on Monday, 29 September 2014. The CMS has been ten years in the making and the Northland Conservation Board welcomes the opportunity to monitor its implementation on behalf of the people of Te Taitokerau/Northland.
"The people of Northland should be proud to have participated in the development of the CMS," said Mita Harris, Northland Conservation Board Chair. "We heard your voice and throughout the process of Hearing of Submissions, did our best to ensure that the final document reflected your wishes," said Mita Harris. "This is your handshake with the Department of Conservation (DOC) on outcomes for the places within Northland for the next ten years," he said.
"The Board looks forward to meeting with as many of you as possible to discuss the implementation and acknowledge your valued contribution. The Board extends an 'open door' invitation to all stakeholders in Northland, to engage with the Board and its members, to discuss the CMS and where they fit into the implementation process," Mita Harris said.
The Northland Conservation Board acknowledges the passion and work undertaken by DOC staff in the development of the CMS and, in particular, Piet Nieuwland. "For the Board, Piet is "Mr CMS"- he deserves a great deal of credit for his work, taking the time to personally review and finalise the document," Mita Harris said.
Northland Conservation Board members (seated from left: Judi Gilbert, Ian McGill, Mita Harris, Richard Robbins, Hori Parata, Tracey Andrews-Smith and Piet Nieuwland, DOC (standing in the middle)
"Piet's work with the Board underscored the good relationship between DOC and the Board. It highlighted how working together inclusively could achieve conservation gains for our unique part of the country. The Northland CMS shows that great conservation partnerships and gains are possible," Mita Harris continued.
"Working together in an inclusive manner will be crucial to the successful implementation of the CMS in Northland. You, the community, stakeholders, tangata whenua, DOC and the Northland Conservation Board – through the CMS, we are all now unified in our mission for conservation in Northland."
"The Board's mandate for the next ten years is to ensure that the outcomes for the places we have identified within the CMS are significant and positive. This includes monitoring the implementation of the CMS, advising DOC, and reporting back to communities."
"The Northland Conservation Board is keen to engage with Northlanders at all levels, so give your local Board member a call," urges Mita Harris. "Go to the Northland Conservation Board webpage for details about Board members."