3,165 submissions have been received by Land Information New Zealand as part of the public consultation on proposals to improve the management of Crown pastoral land in the South Island high country.
Federated Farmers have launched a scathing attack on the government over its programme on pastoral leases, accusing it of a lack of integrity…………… However, Ms Sage insisted ending Tenure Review would help preserve biodiversity and landscape values for High Country land and other special regions.
A report on the state of New Zealand’s environment has painted a bleak picture of catastrophic biodiversity loss, polluted waterways and the destructive rise of the dairy industry and urban sprawl.
As of 2012, New Zealand had crossed a threshold in which 51 per cent of the country’s land cover had been modified, either through exotic grasses or urbanisation. There were now more exotic plant species than native ones, and stoats, possums and rats now cover 94 per cent of the country’s land area, virtually everywhere but the harshest environments. Native forests once covered 80 per cent of New Zealand, but today they cover 26 per cent.
OC biodiversity ranger Tom Smits deploying one of the new traps in the Cass River Valley as part of the Te Manahuna Aoraki predator control project. It is expected that the project will eventually cover 60,000 hectares of black stilt/kaki breeding area.
Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage says that properties going through the tenure review process will be assessed on a case-by-case basis until the Government passes legislation scrapping the process.
The changing landscape of the Mackenzie Basin was just one reason why Land Information New Zealand (Linz) staff advised Conservation and Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage to rethink or stop tenure review
The owners and pastoral leaseholder of Simons Pass Station in the Mackenzie Basin will have to obtain land use consent from Mackenzie District Council to push further ahead with a project to convert to dairy farming.