The legislative and planning structures for managing conservation land – a third of New Zealand – need to be reviewed and improved. The operating framework for the Department of Conservation is outdated and frequently works against the desired conservation, recreation, cultural and visitor outcomes. Tourism can deliver strong conservation gains, but the current system consistently works against this desired alignment. This can be rectified by:
- Reviewing and updating the Conservation and National Parks Acts
- Reviewing DOC’s management planning and concessions functions
- Enabling businesses to deliver conservation outcomes
- Increasing DOC’s core funding to enable it to deliver on its role.