Queen Charlotte Track

Liam made this Official Information request to Department of Conservation

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From: Liam

Dear Department of Conservation,

This is a request for information, made under the provisions of ss4 and 5 of the Official Information Act 1982 (“the Act”). I therefore would like the following information;

1.What is the annual cost to upkeep the QC Track? Could you also please indicate if this has gone up over the past 5 years, and by how much;

2. What are the major contributors to that cost? This could be salaries, travel costs ect;

3. Is a helicopter ever used as part of maintaining the track? And if so, in the last 5 years, how many times has it been used, for what purpose and why any other mode of transport could not have been used?

4. Of the $18 ticket cost to use a portion of the track, how much is kept by DoC and how much is distributed to land owners? How many land owners get a share of the $18?

5. How often are Doc or other contractors monitoring track pass being shown/bought on the track? Does DoC have a work, say, once a week on the track over the summer to check if people have bought a pass?

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Yours faithfully,

Liam Stoneley

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Department of Conservation

Dear Liam
On behalf of the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, I confirm receipt of your request for official information. Your request has been forwarded to the relevant business group for processing. You will receive a reply in accordance with the requirements of the Official Information Act 1982.
Yours sincerely
Alan Moran
for Director-General

Alan Moran
Ministerial Support Advisor (GSU)
Policy and Regulatory Services Kahui Manutataki
Department of Conservation–Te Papa Atawhai
DDI: + 64 4 471 3286| VPN:8286
Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai 

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From: Allanah Turner
Department of Conservation

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Good morning Mr Stoneley


Please find attached the response to your Official Information Request
dated 1 February with a number of questions related to the Queen Charlotte


I trust this is sufficient to satisfy your queries.


Yours sincerely


Allanah Turner

Personal Assistant — to Director - Conservation Services

Department of Conservation —Te Papa Atawhai

DDI:  +64 3 756 9110 | M: +64 27 478 9101


Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai





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