In 2014 DOC began a four-phase review of the authorisation (permitting) process for wildlife, research or collection activities. The review programme was closed in September 2016.

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We worked closely with Treaty partners, key stakeholders and interested parties to review the permitting process while considering the contribution, perspectives and role of other involved in conservation.

Phase 1 - Understanding the current state

The first phase of the programme ran until the end of September 2014. The objective of this phase was to identify the current state of the authorisation process for wildlife, research and collection. 

Listening to our kaimahi and Treaty partners

To complete the picture of the current state and identify what’s desirable in the future it was important to understand the needs of kaimahi (the people who do the work) as well as our Treaty partners.

To do this we conducted the following activities:

  • held five Inform & Listen workshops around the country, giving kaimahi an opportunity to be involved in the process. They also heard other people’s views and shared a deeper understanding of the complexities surrounding the permitting system
  • provided an open opportunity for interested parties to feed in and comment on the review via online questionnaires
  • held 19 regional hui around the country, inviting all whānau, hapū, iwi and practitioners of cultural use to share their experiences, views and aspirations. The hui focused on the cultural use of traditional materials, and the role of Treaty partners in the consideration of applications by others to undertake activities in their rohe.

The purpose of our engagement with tangata whenua was to continue to build trust, strengthen relationships and grow our living Treaty partnership. It was also to understand the unique perspectives of DOC’s Treaty partners in regards to Wildlife Act and Research and Collection permitting.

We were very privileged with the calibre of attendees who shared their experiences with us at the hui. 

Phase 2 – Exploring our future options 

The second phase of the programme included a series of Test the Limits workshops and one on one interviews.

The workshops were held in Auckland, Taupo, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington and Whangarei in August and September 2014. Each workshop was designed to harness ideas, energy and experiences of many stakeholder groups and tangata whenua to begin testing possible solutions. 

We also conducted one on one interviews with Post Settlement Governance Entities and other key stakeholders to help build a robust picture of the current state. This engagement generated over 100 possible ideas to help improve the current authorisation process.

Phase 3 – Working together to bring ideas to realistic solutions 

An intensive 2-day ‘Landing it’ workshop was held in October 2014, attended by DOC staff, kaimahi, users and Treaty partners. 

The objective was to further develop ideas proposed during the engagement activities within the boundaries identified through the internal analysis. This helped us to determine which ideas would be progressed over the next 12 months and beyond.

Phase 4 – Delivery

From early 2015 the solutions identified and scoped during the first few phases of the programme were assigned to DOC staff to deliver as individual projects.

In September 2016 the Outside In programme was officially closed.

The projects that were still underway included:

  • introducing case managers to act as the single point of contact for applicants wanting to move protected species
  • identifying triggers for consulting with iwi on permissions applications
  • passing the ownership of crafted taonga containing parts of protected wildlife post 1956 to iwi
  • developing a model to enable whānau/hapū/iwi to give written permission to their people to acquire and use cultural material from specific sites.

See Outside In: Developing solutions in partnership (PDF, 6,138K) for more information on the methodology we used during the Outside In and our engagement with kaimahi.

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