Major addition to conservation park

Four parcels of conservation land that are now included in the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Conservation Park make up the biggest addition to the park since it was created 17 years ago, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today.

First proposed by Forest and Bird 25 years ago, the conservation park was created in 2001 and now spans 24,000 hectares after strategic purchases by the Nature Heritage Fund.

“The parcels now added are part of ongoing reclassification of stewardship land being undertaken by the Department of Conservation,” Eugenie Sage said.

“Putting these parcels of conservation land under the umbrella of conservation park status by adding them to the existing Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Park unifies them and means they are no longer managed in isolation.

“The outstanding mountain and dryland landscapes of the Torlesse and Big Ben ranges, have been given further protection by becoming part of the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Conservation Park,” Eugenie Sage said.

“The additions to the park of public conservation land totalling 3,282 hectares contain dry mountain ranges with beech forest and scree landscapes and important scree plant species.

“The additions include a large section of the western Torlesse Range dominated by rock outcrops and bluffs on the upper slopes with slim snow tussock grasslands and alpine plant communities.  The vision and work of the Nature Heritage Fund enabled this large area to become conservation land and now part of the park.

This area includes the western slopes of Castle Hill Peak, the distinctive notch in the Torlesse Range ridgeline known as The Gap, and other peaks which all overlook Kura Tāwhiti near Castle Hill Village.

This area of public conservation land was purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund in 2011 and is the largest addition to the conservation park since its creation.

“The new additions highlight the valuable role of the Nature Heritage Fund and its strategic purchases for conservation.

“Another 30 hectares of the eastern Big Ben Range, near Benmore Track has also been added. This is a small part of a regionally significant natural landscape with mountain beech and tussocklands just below Ben More peak”.

DOC manages the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Conservation Park, protecting it for the benefit of New Zealanders and visitors.

“The amazing landscapes within the conservation park highlight the beauty of eastern drylands and the Canterbury high country. This is a special place for recreational visitors and a gateway to upper Waimakariri Basin.

Earlier this year more than 4800ha of stewardship land was added to the Ahuriri Conservation Park near Twizel, including the Ohau Moraines wetland complex purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund in 2008. 

These additions to the Korowai/TorlesseTussocklands Park would not have been possible without the work of the Nature Heritage Fund.  They are part of ongoing reclassification of stewardship land by DOC.

Since 2001 new land along the Torlesse Range and on the Ben More slopes has been added to the conservation estate through the tenure review process or through purchase by the Nature Heritage Fund on a willing seller-willing buyer basis.
Conservation Area - Ben More became public conservation land in 2007 through tenure review. 
In 2011 NHF purchased part of Castle Hill pastoral lease land.

Earlier this year over 4800ha of stewardship land was added to the Ahuriri Conservation Park near Twizel, including the Ohau Moraines Wetland Complex purchased by the Nature Heritage Fund in 2008. 

 

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action

Latest Conservation Announcements

Story

Better protection for seabirds

Better protection for seabirds is being put in place with a new National Plan of Action to reduce fishing-related captures, Fisheries Minister Stua...
Read More

Story

Great Walks recovery on track for summer

Vital conservation and visitor infrastructure destroyed by a severe flood event in Fiordland earlier this year is being rebuilt through a $13.7 mil...
Read More

Story

Budget 2020: Huge investment in green nature based jobs jump starts sustainable COVID recovery

The Green Party says the $1.1 billion environmental investment in this year’s budget to create thousands of green jobs will help jump start a susta...
Read More

Story

Rare kākāriki leave their bubble for the wild

Today 18 of Aotearoa’s rarest forest bird, the kākāriki karaka/orange-fronted parakeet, are being flown from Ōtautahi Christchurch for release into...
Read More

Policy

Conservation Policy

Our wild places, plants, and animals are taonga to be cherished and protected. The Department of Conservation (DOC) should be well funded to protec...
See More

Story

COVID-19 recovery: Greens call for investment in people and nature

As Aotearoa starts focusing on the economic recovery from COVID-19 the Green Party is calling for an economic stimulus package fit for the 21st cen...
Read More