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Budget 2016 Home Page Environment Sector - Estimates of Appropriations 2016/17

Vote Conservation

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister of Conservation (M16), Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (M74)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Department of Conservation

RESPONSIBLE MINISTER FOR DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION: Minister of Conservation

Overview of the Vote

The Minister of Conservation is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2016/17 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $32 million for working with communities to protect natural and historic resources (7% of the vote)
  • a total of over $3 million for services to control weed and animal pests on lands administered by the department in relation to regional pest management plans (1% of the vote)
  • a total of nearly $6 million for the protection and conservation management of historic heritage (1% of the vote)
  • a total of nearly $161 million for the management of natural heritage including the maintenance, restoration and protection of ecosystems, habitats and species (37% of the vote)
  • a total of over $143 million for recreational facilities and services, and the management of business concessions (33% of the vote)
  • a total of over $6 million for management services of natural and historic places, ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutua Gardens Reserve, and funding for projects for the Community Conservation Partnerships Fund (2% of the vote)
  • assistance to the Southland District Council for additional community infrastructure arising from increased visitor numbers of $365,000 (under 1% of the vote)
  • a total of over $6 million for non-departmental other expenses (1% of the vote) regarding compensation payments, depreciation on crown property, plant and equipment, loss on disposal of crown property, plant and equipment, Matauranga Maori Fund, payment of rates on properties for concessionaires, provision for bad and doubtful debts, subscriptions to international organisations, vesting of reserves and Waikaremoana Lakebed lease
  • a total of nearly $34 million for the identification and implementation of protection for natural and historic places, and policy advice, statutory planning, and services to ministers and statutory bodies (8% of the vote)
  • a total of over $35 million for departmental capital expenditure (8% of the vote) regarding property, plant, equipment and intangible assets, and
  • a total of over $3 million for non-departmental capital expenditure regarding crown land acquisitions, Pike River Memorial and Museum and the purchase and development of reserves (1% of the vote).

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations is responsible for an appropriation in the Vote for 2016/17 financial year covering a total of $50,000 (under 1% of the vote) for other expenses to be incurred by the Crown regarding the impairment of public conservation land.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

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