Te Urewera Management Plan
A key task for Te Urewera Board is to prepare and approve Te Urewera Management Plan. Until such time as that plan is approved, the current Te Urewera National Park Management Plan 2003 continues to apply, to the extent that the plan is consistent with the purpose and principles of Te Urewera Act.
Transitioning to Te Urewera Act
One challenge is that the current Te Urewera National Park Management Plan was prepared under a different statutory regime (the National Parks Act 1980) and was approved in 2003. Te Urewera Act reflects a fundamentally new approach to the governance and management of Te Urewera, compared with the regime under the National Parks Act.
Implications of Te Urewera Management Plan
Te Urewera Management Plan will be a key guiding document for the governance and management of Te Urewera. For example:
In exercising its functions, Te Urewera Board must act consistently with Te Urewera Management Plan;
Te Uru Taumatua and the Department of Conservation must carry out the operational management of Te Urewera in accordance with Te Urewera Management Plan; and
Te Urewera Management Plan is a key consideration for Te Urewera Board in determining the relationship, engagement and contribution people will have with Te Urewera.
The Current Position
To determine whether provisions of the current Te Urewera National Park Management Plan apply to Te Urewera, those provisions must be tested against the purpose and principles of Te Urewera Act.
Rather than undertaking a detailed review of current Te Urewera National Park Management Plan at this point, Te Urewera Board is focussing on the new Te Urewera Management Plan. The Board will consider, as the need arises, and on a case-by-case basis the extent to which specific provisions of the current Te Urewera National Park Management Plan are, or are not, consistent with the purpose and principles of Te Urewera Act, and consequently, whether those provisions apply to Te Urewera.
People who are interested in discussing these issues further can contact the Chair of Te Urewera Board on (07) 312 9659, or call into the tari at 12 Tūhoe St in Tāneatua.