Charter 2017

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Outdoor Recreation


Election 2017 

Council of Outdoor Recreation Associations of New Zealand Inc.



Charter 2017 Executive Summary

• Value Outdoor Recreation As A Legitimate Right Of All New Zealanders

• Full Legal Recognition of Game Animals

• Recognition Of Freshwater And Saltwater Fish

• Damming Or Diversions Of Public Waters To Be Avoided

• Public’s Right To Catch Saltwater Fish And Gather Shellfish

• Aerial Poison Regime With 1080 And To Be Immediately Stopped

• Establish An Independent Environmental Protection Council

• Reorder Priorities Of The Department Of Conservation

• Stricter Controls On Foreign Ownership Of New Zealand Land

• Recognition Of The Public Right To Public Resources Of Value For Recreation

• Treaty Of Waitangi Is About Bringing Two Cultures Together Not Apart

• Do Not Use A Free Market Trading Ethos To Solve Perceived Environmental Threats e.g. ETS

• Establish A Population Policy For New Zealand

• GDP To Be Replaced By A Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) 

Further Detail of Key Priority Areas 2017


1.  Government must value outdoor recreation as a legitimate right of all New Zealanders  -  adequate, credible, non-political, recreational representation in the decision-making of resource use and improve recreational opportunities and freedom of access for all. 

2. Support concept of “Clean, Green New Zealand” - clean rivers and lakes, no indiscriminate toxins and an efficient bio-security system to prevent undesirable imports entering NZ. 

3. A meaningful, mandatory and scientifically valid NationalEnvironmental and Recreational Standard for Water and reversing the current degradation of fresh water.

4. (a)Full legal recognition sporting freshwater fish such as trout, salmon and perch are valued recreational assets, an established part of and compatible with the 21st century ecosystem, e.g. National Parks Act 

5. (b)Full legal recognition game animal species (e.g. deer, wapiti, tahr, chamois etc.) are  valued recreational assets, an established part of and compatible with the 21st century ecosystem. e.g. National Parks Act.

6. Recognition of freshwater and saltwater fish, game and game animal resources as publicly owned with full, equal and proper public access to them. The principles of Section 23, Wildlife Act, that no purchase or selling of rights or access thereto to recreational fishing or hunting be allowed, shall apply to all and be clearly written into all relevant law.

7. Damming or diversions through private canals of river systems for hydro or storage be avoided in all situations and where necessary alternative storage/energy options be established. Residual river flows must be adequate for wildlife and fish and recreation such as fishing, jet boating, canoeing etc. Alternative energy options be implemented.

8. The law recognises the public’s right to catch saltwater fish and gather shellfish for sport and/or sustenance. The rights of the non-commercial sea fishing public should be paramount or at least equal to other sectors and written clearly into law and clearly implemented in all fisheries management decisions. Sea fisheries management and implementation of policies must be based on the principle of “more fish in the water”. But successive recent governments have ignored these obligations.  Sustainability and equitable sector management must be restored. 

9.The aerial poison regime with 1080 and brodifacoum  be immediately stopped.  Possums are not a conservation pest (Landcare Research ). Possum have a vital role in ecosystem maintenance, and as well, are a valuable food and fibre source.                                        

10. Establish an Independent Environmental Protection Council independent of government or industry (akin to the Nature Conservation Council of the 1970s) as a public watchdog. Appointments must be non-political.

11. (a) Reorder priorities of the Department of Conservation to make first priorities conservation, the environment and recreation.    
(b) Commercial undertakings, e.g. so-called partnerships with ethnic groups (via Section 4  Conservation Act) or corporate partnerships be rejected.
(c) DOC’s statutory obligation to outdoor recreation and access be fully and properly recognised by adopting the name Department of Conservation and Outdoor Recreation (DOCOR). 
(d) First and foremost DOC must protect and maintain the public lands conservation estate embracing the 21st century ecosystem and not trying to recreate and preserve a hypothetical pre-European world.  

12. Impose stricter controls on foreign ownership of New Zealand land, including accurate statistics about the extent of foreign ownership of properties and businesses. Foreigners can lease land long-term with the mandatory proviso that any lessee purchaser must become a registered New Zealand citizen and reside in New Zealand for nine months of every year. Public access be not undermined by foreign leases

13. Full recognition by government of the public right to public resources of value for outdoor recreation with greater impetus and support to the Walking Access Commission. Maintenance, enhancement and development of public access rights to public lands. Education of Local Authorities and other State institutions, on their respective roles in protecting the public interest, are needed.

14. (a) Recognise the Treaty of Waitangi was about bringing two cultures together into one integrated society  and work towards establishing New Zealand into a harmonious, egalitarian society in line with Article 3. 

(b) Treaty claim settlements are diluting the integrity of national parks e.g Urewera, Tongariro and other protected land tenures. Settlements should involve the Crown on behalf of the public, as the manager.

(c) Treaty claims are threatening public access/use of the nation’s coasts and waterways.

15. Response to environmental needs. Governments should not use a free market trading ethos to solve environmental threats. For example trade-able carbon credits serve no purpose to “global warming” and are detrimental with a monoculture of pines and economically. Tradable carbon credits are putting a value on pollution, and ultimately ensuring pollution. Forestry carbon sinks ability to sequester CO2 is so slight as to be meaningless, and anyway, when the forest has matured and can no longer sequester – what is the course then?

16. Establish a population policy for New Zealand - relative to national, regional, culturalconflicts and immigration aspects. People put demands on resources, land, water, energy, fishery and other resources.

17. The index for national prosperity, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) based on solely economic indicators, be replaced by a Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) based on three values - social, environmental and economic to thus fully measure the quality of life.

CORANZ is a council comprising a number of major national and regional outdoor recreation organisations. Its advocacy focuses on the common interests of “the million plus” New Zealanders who fish, hunt, shoot, tramp, ski, canoe, climb, walk, 4 wheel drive, mountain bike, or relax in New Zealand’s great outdoors.   

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