Estimates of appropriations

Vote Conservation - Estimates 2008/2009

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister of Conservation (M16)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Department of Conservation

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION: Minister of Conservation

Overview of the Vote#

The Minister of Conservation is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2008/09 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $167 million for the management of natural heritage including the maintenance, restoration and protection of ecosystems, habitats and species; the provision and conservation management of historic heritage; and services to control weed and animal pests on lands administered by the department
  • a sum of $128 million for the provision of recreational opportunities on land administered by the department
  • a total of over $21 million for the provision of policy advice and Ministerial servicing, and for working with communities to protect natural and historic resources
  • a sum of $600,000 for the cost of depreciation of surplus visitor assets and the write-offs that result from the recreational opportunities review project
  • a total of over $41 million for the identification and implementation of protection for natural and historic places, management services of natural and historic places, and funding for projects for the New Zealand Biodiversity funds
  • a total of $853,000 for funding assistance to the Southland District Council to meet the costs of additional community infrastructure arising from increased visitor numbers
  • a total of over $6 million for Non-Departmental Other Expenses.

 

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Conservation in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

Details of Appropriations#

Details of Annual and Permanent Appropriations

Details of Annual and Permanent Appropriations - Conservation
  2007/08 2008/09
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Conservation with the Community (M16)

This class of outputs covers building partnerships with tangata whenua, provision of public information, community participation and public awareness.
14,791 14,791 14,360

Crown Contribution to Regional Pest Management Strategies (M16)

This appropriation is limited to controlling weed and animal pests on lands administered by the Department of Conservation to meet negotiated outcomes of regional pest management strategies.
2,059 2,059 3,049

Management of Historic Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the protection and conservation management of historic heritage, including obtaining heritage orders and designations under the Resource Management Act 1991.
6,376 6,376 6,031

Management of Natural Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining, restoring and protecting ecosystems, habitats and species.
146,265 143,251 157,681

Management of Recreational Opportunities (M16)

This appropriation is limited to providing facilities and services on land administered by the Department for people to enjoy recreational opportunities, and the management of recreational and other business concessions.
122,267 118,656 128,006

Policy Advice, Servicing the Minister and Statutory Bodies, and Statutory Planning (M16)

This appropriation is limited to providing policy advice and ministerial servicing to the Minister of Conservation. It also includes servicing statutory bodies and statutory planning under the Conservation Act 1987 and the National Parks Act.1980.
7,681 7,681 6,749

Recreational Opportunities Review (M16)

The depreciation and write-off of Visitor Assets to be decommissioned following the review of recreational opportunities. Note this output expense is non-cash.
700 700 600

Total Departmental Output Expenses

300,139 293,514 316,476

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Identification and Implementation of Protection for Natural and Historic Places (M16)

Purchasing identification, registration and associated promotion of the conservation, protection and care of historic places, implementation of legal protection of natural and historic resources on private or leasehold land; and the protection of indigenous ecosystems on private land or in Māori ownership through the use of contestable funds.
26,054 18,494 27,029

Management Services - Natural and Historic Places (M16)

This appropriation is limited to management services for properties with historical or natural significance, including maintenance work, access for the public and management advice on covenanted properties.
1,506 1,506 1,506

Moutoa Gardens/Pakaitorere (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutoa Gardens Reserve.
23 23 23

NZ Biodiversity Funds (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the payment of grants: to provide private land managers with information and advice, or assistance with costs of pest and weed control, fencing and other biodiversity management actions; and to support community biodiversity restoration initiatives.
2,975 2,675 11,863

Stewart Island Infrastructure (M16)

Assistance to the Southland District Council to meet the costs of additional community infrastructure arising from increased visitor numbers.
- - 853

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

30,558 22,698 41,274

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Depreciation - Crown Buildings (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the depreciation on Crown Buildings: Old Government Building; Turnbull House; and the Dominion Observatory.
800 800 800

Depreciation - Infrastructure (M16)

This appropriation is limited to Depreciation on Infrastructural Assets on the Conservation Estate.
134 134 134

Esplanade Reserve Compensation (M16)

Obligatory compensatory payments made under section 289 of the Local Government Act 1974 when esplanade reserves are created.
230 230 30

Matauranga Māori Fund (M16)

This appropriation is limited to making grants to support initiatives to protect traditional Māori knowledge relating to NZ's indigenous biodiversity.
673 373 1,006

Payment of Rates on Properties for Concessionaires (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the payment of rates: on reserves; conservation areas that are used for private or commercial purposes; and for services provided by a local authority.
1,689 589 1,689

Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the write-off of debts relating to Concession Revenue.
100 100 100

Purchase and Development of Reserves (M16)

Provision for purchasing, taking on leases, managing, administering, maintaining, protecting, improving, and developing the reserves from the Reserves Trust Bank Account and Reserves Act Crown Bank Account. No net Crown impact as it is funded by proceeds of the disposal of reserve lands.
8,187 1,087 1,800

Redress payments under Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004 (M16)

This appropriation is limited to redress payments to local authorities under Section 25 of the Foreshore and Seabed Act 2004.
222 - 400

Subscriptions to International Organisations (M16)

This appropriation is limited to meeting annual subscriptions to international conservation organisations.
305 305 305

Vested Coastal Marine Areas Compensation (M16)

Obligatory compensation payable upon vesting of coastal marine areas in the Crown.
30 30 30

Waikaremoana Lakebed Lease (M16)

This appropriation is limited to payments made under the Lake Waikaremoana Act 1971 for the lease of the lakebed and foreshore for conservation purposes.
124 124 124

Depreciation on Fencing Assets (M16)

Depreciation of fencing assets on the Conservation Estate.
5,000 5,000 -

Lake Taupo Access Fee (M16)

Payment made to the Ngati Tuwharetoa Trust Board for public access to Lake Taupo for the purpose of fishing.
300 300 -

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

17,794 9,072 6,418

Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Department of Conservation - Capital Expenditure PLA (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Department of Conservation, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989
52,154 35,154 50,615

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

52,154 35,154 50,615

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Crown Land Acquisitions (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of land for the Conservation Estate
476 476 500

Milford Flood Protection (M16)

This appropriation is limited to flood protection works on the Cleddau River at Milford Sound.
337 37 847

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

813 513 1,347

Total Annual and Permanent Appropriations

401,458 360,951 416,130

Multi-Year Appropriations#

Multi-Year Appropriations - Conservation
Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriation $000

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

   

World Heritage Committee - NZ Hosting Meeting and Assuming Chairmanship (M16)

Purchase of service required for New Zealand to host the June 2007 meeting of the World Heritage Committee and take on the Chairmanship for one year from July 2006.

Commences: 1 December 2006

Expires: 30 June 2008

Original Appropriation 4,048
Adjustments for 2006/07 -
Adjustments to 2007/08 -
Adjusted Appropriation 4,048
Actual to 2006/07 Year End 2,246
Estimated Actual for 2007/08 1,802
Estimated Actual for 2008/09 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Details of Projected Movements in Departmental
Net Assets#

Department of Conservation

Department of Conservation - Details of Projected Movements in Departmental Net Assets - Conservation
Details of Net Asset Schedule Estimated
Actual 2007/08
$000
Projected
2008/09
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2008/09
Opening Balance 423,185 445,739  
Capital Injections 23,254 105,920 The increase in capital injection reflects the transfer of fencing assets from the Crown balance sheet to the departmental balance sheet.
Capital Withdrawals - -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) (700) (600) The deficit incurred is equivalent to the Recreational Opportunities Review appropriation, which is unfunded.
Other Movements 700 1,300 The projection for 2008/09 includes the allowable deficits for 2007/08 and 2008/09.
Closing Balance 446,439 552,359