Public input sought on Molesworth
The Conservation Department is asking for public comment on a draft management plan for New Zealand's largest farm, Molesworth Station, in the southern Marlborough high country.
The management plan, the first since Molesworth became a recreation reserve in 2005, sets out the vision of a high country reserve that supports a broad spectrum of values, including farming, and represents the continued progression towards achieving this vision. The management plan sits alongside a lease and grazing licence that set the parameters for the farming operation, run by state farmer Landcorp.
The department said the plan was written after extensive consultation with key stakeholders, including Landcorp, the Molesworth Steering Committee, iwi, Fish & Game, concessionaires, Trustpower, Forest & Bird, and a variety of recreational groups.
A public meeting to discuss the plan will be held in Blenheim in November. The date and location has yet to be decided, but will be advertised, DOC said.
Submissions on the draft plan can be made until December 14.
Landcorp chief executive Chris Kelly said "very little" had changed in the new management plan.
The biggest change was the inclusion of iwi, with Ngai Tahu playing a big role.
- The Marlborough Express