Kaimanawa Wild Horse Herd

G T Potaka made this Official Information request to Department of Conservation

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From: G T Potaka

Dear Department of Conservation,

Would you please furnish answers to the following questions.

1) What is the current legal status of the Wild Kaimanawa Horse Herd?

2) If the Kaimanawa Wild Horse herd has no legal protection any more are they able to be hunted on DOC lands?

3) What happened to the 37 horses (30 adults and 7 juveniles) documented in the Northern Zone 2017 count?

4) Were these shot? If so was this carried out by DOC staff or were private contractors engaged?

5) How many horses from the Kaimanawa herd were shot with DOC knowledge or consent in - a) 2015, b) 2016, c) 2017 d) 2018

6) When was the latest Kaimanawa Wild Horse "count" carried out and what was the official number recorded a) In Northern Zones and b) in Southern Zones?

7) Which specific areas or zones are the 16 plant species listed as endangered found?
(I request a map with detailed distribution of the affected plants)

8) What documented detrimental effects have other introduced animals (Hares, Pigs, Deer) had on the endangered plant species and what interventions have been employed to mitigate or eliminate these effects.

9) What studies and counts have been undertaken of deer and pigs in the same areas as the Kaimanawa Wild Horses and the effects on the endangered plant species? Please give numbers and dates.

10) Why are the annual counts not made public and why is the Kaimanawa Wild Horse Management Plan not up to date?

Yours faithfully,

G T Potaka

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Department of Conservation

Dear G T Potaka

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

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

Emma Wolff
for Director-General

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