Update 7 September 2014: Following the issue of this Regulatory Impact Statement in August 2014, the Minister of Conservation Dr Nick Smith opened the Kahurangi, Punakaiki, Okarito, Tauparikākā and Hautai marine reserves, totalling 17,500 hectares on the West Coast.
This Regulatory Impact Statement has been prepared by the Department of Conservation. It provides an analysis of options to undertake the next statutory steps in the creation of five marine reserves on the West Coast South Island.
Only one option was identified for each of the five reserves, as the legislation provides the Minister of Conservation with no discretion at this stage of the process. All policy decisions have already been taken.
There are no material uncertainties in the analysis, and all information needed for the analysis was available.