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 The operating framework for the Department of Conservation is outdated and frequently works against the desired conservation, recreation, cultural and visitor outcomes.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 and incentivising businesses to deliver conservation outcomes
- Increasing DOC’s core funding to enable it to deliver on its role.
TIA has submitted on key conservation initiatives including the DOC’s Review of Conservation Management Processes and on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Visitor Management Consultation.
TIA will be involved in the leadership group overseeing the DOC’s Review of the Wildlife Act.