18 May 2018
Working together to improve outcomes in the high country is the focus of a new advisory group being established by Land Information New Zealand.
“We recognise that there is significant interest in getting the best use of Crown land in the high country, particularly in areas such as the iconic Mackenzie Basin, with a wide range of agencies, groups and individuals having a keen interest in its future,” says Jerome Sheppard, Deputy Chief Executive, Crown Property.
“That’s why we have now formed the Crown Property High Country Advisory Group, which has been established to provide greater input into decision-making and increased transparency and communication regarding the management of land in the South Island high country.
“It is intended that the group comprise representatives from across a range of fields but with a common interest in delivering the best outcomes for this iconic part of New Zealand,” Mr Sheppard says.
“We are currently seeking expressions of interest from people or agencies with skills, knowledge and experience in areas such as farming, the environment, iwi, central and local Government and other relevant industries to join the group.
“Their role will be to provide advice and input to LINZ and the Commissioner of Crown Lands, who are responsible for making decisions about the use of Crown land.
“They will have a role too in identifying opportunities for improved land management, as well as examples of good practice and potential programmes of work. Identifying risks, issues and benefits is also a focus.”
Mr Sheppard says the Group will comprise 3-6 members of the public, appointed by the Chief Executive at LINZ. The Group will meet at least four times annually.
“Formation of the group reflects our commitment to making good decisions about the current and future use of the high country, in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.
“We are also committed to improving the transparency and strength of the decision-making process within the available legislation, and the formation of the group is a very positive step in that process.”
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