Just a reminder to register for the Mackenzie Country Symposium At the Twizel Events Centre 26-27 November, 2010.
The Mackenzie Guardians recently met with officials of Land Information NZ (LINZ) in Christchurch as we are concerned at the growth of intensive farming in the Mackenzie Basin and the impacts on the Mackenzie’s distinctive landscapes, waterways and unique indigenous ecology.
LINZ administers Crown pastoral land in NZ. The aim of the meeting was to seek clarification on how areas of Crown land with ‘significant inherent values’ are being protected. We wanted a clearer understanding of the processes and the effectiveness of current management regimes. We note that Government Policy 2009 states as an objective that stewardship of pastoral land is to ensure that “pastoral and inherent values, including the natural character of lakesides and landscapes, are maintained and protected” (10.1.2 ) . The Guardians recognise this policy applies to LINZ management of the leases, such as in monitoring and in considering discretionary consents. We are interested in management of the leases as well as in tenure review.
We were alarmed to learn that everything seems to depend on the Department of Conservation and are concerned at the gaps in the process. What happens if DOC does not make an adequate recommendation? There appears to be no appeal processes. At the moment it is death by a 1000 cuts and there is no overall big picture in the tenure review process or sustainable vision for the future.
Speights just did a beer advertisement billboard with a photograph of the Lindis Pass and the slogan “We are as proud of our view as we are of our beer. Sunset on tussock” but not for much longer unless we make it very clear to the Government we love the Mackenzie Country as it is. We believe It is up to the Government to provide leadership for policy change in this situation.
Love, love me do.
You know I love you,
I’ll always be true,
So please, love me do.