The Tourism Industry Association (TIA)'s conservation policy submissions
Submission on the Game Animal Council Bill
23 May 2012
The association has submitted to the Local Government and Environment select Committee on the of the Game Animal Council Bill. While TIA remains in support of the Bill, it believes the council is also the right body to oversee mandatory guide licensing, a recommendation also supported by the Professional Hunting Guides Association.
Gazetted Wilderness Areas
15 September 2011
TIA has made a submission to the Department of Conservation (DOC) commenting on whether commercial access should be permitted in gazetted wilderness areas. TIA supports concessionaire activity within these areas, provided it is of a type and frequency that preserves the intended outcomes of wilderness areas.
Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve
After meeting with members who operate tourism businesses in and around Abel Tasman National Park, TIA has submitted to the Department of Conservation’s Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve draft management plan of June 2011. The submission highlights the value of tourism to the area and suggests ways that management of the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve can benefit both tourism and conservation values.
Tongariro National Park Management Plan Partial review
TIA has submitted on the partial review of the Draft Tongariro National Park Management Plan highlighting concerns about the arguments for removing the cap on the number of transport concessionaires.
OUTCOME: The review outcomes are still being considered and TIA has been invited to speak at a hearing on 12 February 2011.
Stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and beyond
Following extensive consultation with members and many others, TIA has submitted on the government’s proposals to potentially mine on Schedule 4 land . Please read the full submission by clicking on the link above.
OUTCOME: No new mining will be permitted within National Parks or other schedule 4 land.
Schedule 4 Fact Sheet
This information is sourced from the government’s discussion document, Maximising our Mineral Potential: Stocktake of Schedule 4 of the Crown Minerals Act and beyond.
Alignment of Concessions and Resource Consents considered
After speaking with members, TIA submitted on the desirability of changes to enable the concession and resource consent processes to be synchronised at key stages such as application, requests for further information and notification and hearing; as well as the desirability of a single Board of Enquiry process for applications of national significance that require both concession and consent.
Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum Consultation
TIA has recommended full marine protection out to 12 miles around the Subantarctic islands of Antipodes, Bounty and Campbell. The submission to the Subantarctic Marine Protection Planning Forum was made in response to a Consultation Document (June 2009) regarding implementation of the Marine Protected Areas Policy in the Subantartic region.
Mount Aspiring National Park draft Management Plan Submission
TIA has made a submission on the Mount Aspiring National Park draft Management Plan. The submission was based on member feedback and makes a number of recommendations the the Department of Conservation (DOC).
OUTCOME: A number of TIA's points led to changes in the final Management plan, which is awaiting approval by the New Zealand Conservation Authority.
Draft Stewart Island/ Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy (SIRCMS) and the Draft Rakiura National Park Management Plan (RNPMP)
TIA has made a submission to the Draft Stewart Island / Rakiura Conservation Management Strategy (SIRCMS) and the Draft Rakiura National Park Management Plan (RNPMP). The submission which contains a number of recommendations, can be read here.
Draft Waikato Conservation Management Strategy
TIA has made a submission to the Draft Waikato Management Strategy. The submission which contains a number of recommendations to DOC, can be read here.
New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement
TIA has made a submission to the Department of Conservation on the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement that sets the future direction for how the country's coastline is managed.
Click here to access earlier Policy submissions from 2007 back to 2001.