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Introduction

This is the process for the partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks. It includes previous steps and when future steps are expected to happen.

We update this webpage as we go through the partial reviews process.

Background of the partial reviews of the general policies.

Design of partial reviews process

August 2019 – August 2020

  • Minister and NZCA ask DOC to review the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks to give better effect to Treaty principles.
  • Early engagement with whānau, hapū and iwi and Māori organisations to seek feedback on proposed Terms of Reference and how we should do this work together.
  • Process for partial reviews developed, based on early engagement.
  • Minister and NZCA confirm the Terms of Reference.
  • Director-General calls for nominations and appoints Options Development Groups members from whānau, hapū and iwi, Māori organisations, and conservation boards to work with DOC officials.

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Development of recommendations for change

September 2020 – June 2021

  • Options Development Groups start collaborative work to develop ideas for change.
  • Feedback on ideas sought from whānau, hapū and iwi and conservation stakeholders including Conservation Boards, NZ Fish & Game Council, Federated Mountain Clubs, Forest & Bird, Environment Defence Society, Heritage NZ Pouhere Taonga, NZ Māori Tourism and Tourism Industry Aotearoa.
  • Options Development Groups consider the feedback and produce a report for the Director-General with recommendations for change.

Public consultation

The steps at the public consultation and decisions stages are summaries of the requirements set out in section 17a of the Conservation Act 1987 and section 44 of the National Parks Act 1980.

July 2021 – March 2022

  • Director-General consults the Minister and NZCA, and Fish & Game if appropriate, on recommendations for change.
  • Technical drafts of the general policies prepared for public consultation.
  • Public submissions sought on the draft general policies. Hui with whānau, hapū and iwi, and meeting with the public and stakeholders to discuss the proposals.
  • Meetings with submitters on the Conservation General Policy who wish to be heard in support of their submissions.

Decisions

The Minister of Conservation is the decision maker for the Conservation General Policy and the NZCA is the decision maker for the General Policy for National Parks.

April – June 2022

  • The Minister considers a summary of submissions and comments from the NZCA, and Fish & Game if appropriate, before either approving the Conservation General Policy or sending it back to the Director-General for revision.
  • The NZCA considers submissions, and comments from the Director-General and the Minister, before adopting the General Policy for National Parks.
  • Updated general policies are published and in effect.

Downloads

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