We will Replace the Department of Conservation with a new Department of Outdoors – Wildlife, Recreation and Nature (“DOWRN pronounced DAWN”).
The purpose of DOWRN is to
a) Encourage New Zealanders to get Outdoors and enjoy a range of activities for physical, mental and spiritual well-being including for fun, recreation, education and relaxation.
b) Promote public access to the Outdoors including all public land, coastal marine and rivers;
c) Promote the conservation of rivers, forests, other natural habitats and wildlife using a holistic approach so natural ecosystems can thrive free from poisons or other contamination and so we and our children can in future safely drink water from wild streams.
d) To encourage food gathering for personal, whanau and educational purposes from public land.
e) Provide places for different potentially conflicting Outdoors activities, by developing an Outcomes for Places approach so people can help decide and then enjoy different the character of different locations.
f) Make provision for commercial activities when these commercial activities will not adversely affect wildlife or public use and enjoyment.
g) Ensure early and comprehensive public engagement in decisions which may affect public access to or use of public land including consideration of alternative approaches.
h) Ensure information about public resources, and their management is made publicly available at the earliest opportunity;
i) Ensure that all decisions are made in the public interest and in accordance with good governance and sound principles of public law.
j) Provide a framework for statutory entities such as Fish and Game, tangata whenua, and community interests such as CORANZ and other recreational and commercial users and local landowners to whiteboard strategies and solutions to promote these policies and at all times acting in the public interest.
The philosophy of Outdoors Party is that all the policies work together and do not compete either with our intent or other policies. Ultimately we want what you want – a healthy vibrant natural environment with thriving native species but with space for humans to enjoy, participate and benefit.