FEEDBACK SOUGHT ON STEWARDSHIP LAND REVIEW
Minerals West Coast is in the process of preparing its submission of recently announced proposals for reclassification of stewardship land on the West Coast.
The scope of this reclassification covers about 850,000 hectares of land, and as such will inevitably capture land that has mineral value - known or unknown.
Some reclassification categories - such as "conservation park", would still allow for mining under existing legislation, unless the government moves to ban mining on public conservation land generally.
For the current consultation, the greatest risk to future mining would be if land were classified as National Park (where mining is effectively prohibited) and, to a certain extent, if stewardship land is reclassified as ecological area.
The table below gives an outline of the areas of stewardship land that have been recommended for reclassification so far - a large area, mainly in South Westland, is yet to have any recommendations made.
About 12% of the area of stewardship land has been recommended for reclassification as National Park, and 1.13% has been recommended for reclassification as ecological area.
INPUT NEEDED FROM MINERS AND MINERALS WEST COAST MEMBERS
The many parcels of land that have been recommended for reclassification cover a large area. As stated above, the reclassification category of greatest concern is National Park, and, to a certain extent ecological area.
While Minerals West Coast will submit against any reclassification of land as National Park, and against reclassification as ecological area on a case by case basis, it would be helpful to have feedback on particular parcels of land that may be of particular known mineral value.
Information explaining the recommendations is available in full on the Department of Conservation's website, and can be found here.
This information can be difficult to manage, and for that reason Minerals West Coast has prepared the below documents as a guide to see what land has been recommended for classification as National Park or ecological area.
Click to download each file, and then simply click the link in the left-hand column for more information about the relevant land parcel.
Please email any information you would like included in Minerals West Coast's submission to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Submissions close on the 26th of July.
Te Wahi Pounamu/South Westland Area
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