Attendance records and speech transcripts of East Cape meetings.

T. Benseman made this Official Information request to Department of Conservation

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From: T. Benseman

Dear Department of Conservation,

please provide copies of attendance (numbers) records and all speech transcripts of East Cape meetings held at Maungaroa Marae on 25th November 2018 and any other venues/dates past and planned in the east cape area discussing pest control.

For those meetings and the meetings planned on the cape for March 1,2 and 3 2019, please provide maps of the areas where pest control is/was proposed and areas where it is ruled out near the coast to appease hunters on the fringes of Raukumara. Please also explain how the speakers were paid including all methods, monetary and non monetary.

Regarding huts in the Raukumara, please provide a list of the locations, annual past and planned expenditure per hut or in entirety if the former is not available. Please also provide an accounting of all tracking and roading costs for the Raukumara from 2012 to 2018 and any planned expenditure going forward.

Regarding wild cattle in the Raukumara "managed area" please provide the most recent locations you have as it states on your website here that cattle are present for hunting.


T. Benseman

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Dear T Benseman

On behalf of the Director-General of the Department of Conservation, I confirm receipt of your request below.
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Yours sincerely

Alan Moran
for Director-General

Alan Moran 
Government Services Advisor (Government Services)
Policy and Visitors Group
Department of Conservation–Te Papa Atawhai
Phone:  0275665778
Conservation House (Level 2) 19-32 Manners Street [ PO Box 10420, Wellington 6143 ]
Conservation for prosperity Tiakina te taiao, kia puawai

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From: Sharon Alexander
Department of Conservation

Attachment 19 E 0107 Departmental OIA Bensemen DOC 5727169.pdf
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Dear Mr Benseman
On behalf of the Director of Operations, Lower North Island, please find
attached the Department’s response to your recent Official Information Act
Yours sincerely,
Sharon Alexander
PA for Reg Kemper, Director Operations, Lower North Island
Kaiâwhina - Kaihautu Matarautaki
Department of Conservation - Te Papa Atawhai
Lower North Island Regional Office
28 North Street, Palmerston North
DDI:  +64 6 350 6204

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From: T. Benseman

Dear Sharon Alexander,
well that is interesting as we have evidence that DOC staff were present and the DOC brand was on advertising for the meetings, so we will be needing to see the information asked for about those staff and meetings please. Evidence here:

Can you please clarify whether all the huts mentioned are available to possum hunters and deer hunters or just the ones marked as visitor huts. Are the others off limits by some written law? If so please provide evidence that tax payers are legally excluded from using these huts.


T. Benseman

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From: John Lucas
Department of Conservation

Kia ora Tim


Thank-you for your inquiry.

I have endeavoured  to provide clarification on the points you have


"we have evidence that DOC staff were present".

Yes individuals employed by the Department of Conservation and Nga Whenua
Rahui were present.  These same individuals whakapapa to Ngati Porou and
Te Whanau Apanui and were asked by Te Runanga o Ngati Porou to be


"the DOC brand was on advertising for the meetings"

Yes the Departments logo was on posters advertising the roadshow.  This is
because the Department of Conservation fully supports this korero,
actually we see it as an important part of our section 4 obligations.


This does not change the fact that the Roadshows were undertaken by Ngati
Porou specifically for the community of Ngati Porou to discuss issues
surrounding the Raukumara Forest Park. 


"Can you please clarify whether all the huts mentioned are available to
possum hunters and deer hunters or just the ones marked as visitor huts".

The Huts described as staff accommodation are known as Biodiversity Huts. 
They are there to support pest control operations undertaken by
professional hunters, specifically Deer and Feral Goat contractors.

They are not classified as visitor huts but are available to all to use
for 'short term stays' consistent with our visitor hut policy.


Hopefully you find these answers useful.


Nga mihi


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