The Department of Conservation says it is fully committed to its current organisational structure and continuing to develop into a more effective conservation organisation.
Deputy Director General Kay Booth says DOC created its new partnership and services divisions in 2013 and work continues across the country to implement these changes.
“Our partnerships teams are dedicated to working with outside groups to develop conservation and our services staff to deliver the work on the ground.”
“We are fully committed to this model but we realise that more work is needed to improve how we operate internally.”
Kay Booth says a pilot programme is due to get underway in its Nelson/Marlborough and West Coast region in the next few weeks which will look at ways to improve the way the two teams work together.
“We are looking at the way we work, things like role clarity and internal reporting lines – we are not changing our overall structure or the work we do.”
“The pilot project will explore ways to focus our partnership staff more clearly on working with others on significant conservation initiatives, while making sure our services teams can more effectively deliver day-to-day conservation work.”
Kay Booth says overall staff numbers remain the same and the pilot project does not involve closing offices or changing staff locations.
“DOC needs to work effectively with others to be able to deliver the best returns for conservation – that is exactly why we are continuing to develop better systems for our partnership and delivery teams.”