Estimates of appropriations

Vote Conservation - Estimates 2009/2010

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 2009/10 financial year covering the following:

  • Working with communities to protect natural and historic resources ($13.966 million).
  • Services to control weed and animal pests on lands administered by the Department in relation to regional pest management strategies ($2.982 million).
  • The provision and conservation management of historic heritage ($5.866 million).
  • Management of natural heritage including the maintenance, restoration and protection of ecosystems, habitats and species ($157.081 million).
  • Provision of recreational opportunities on land administered by the Department ($125.161 million).
  • Provision of policy advice and Ministerial servicing ($7.445 million).
  • 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 ($32.628 million).
  • A total of $769,000 for funding assistance to the Southland District Council to meet the costs of additional community infrastructure arising from increased visitor numbers.
  • A total of nearly $6 million for other expenses to be incurred by the Crown.
  • Departmental capital expenditure of $44.747 million and non-departmental capital expenditure of $22.355 million.

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
2008/092009/10
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation TypeBudgeted
$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.
14,55414,55413,966

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.
3,0643,0642,982

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.
6,0316,0315,866

Management of Natural Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining, restoring and protecting ecosystems, habitats and species.
166,171161,828157,081

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.
123,112119,563125,161

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.
6,9276,9277,445

Recreational Opportunities Review (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the depreciation and write-off of visitor assets to be decommissioned following the review of recreational opportunities.
600600400

Total Departmental Output Expenses

320,459312,567312,901

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 Maori ownership through the use of contestable funds.
56,21950,19118,828

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.
1,5061,5061,506

Moutoa Gardens/Pakaitore (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutoa Gardens Reserve.
232323

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.
3,1833,18312,294

Stewart Island Infrastructure (M16)

Assistance to the Southland District Council to meet the costs of additional community infrastructure arising from increased visitor numbers.
8484769

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

61,01554,98733,420

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

Compensation Payments (M16)

This appropriation is limited to making obligatory compensation payments: when esplanade reserves are created; and upon vesting of coastal marine areas in the Crown.
303030

Depreciation - Crown Buildings (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the depreciation on Crown Buildings: Old Government Building; Turnbull House; and the Dominion Observatory.
800800800

Depreciation - Infrastructure (M16)

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

Matauranga Maori Fund (M16)

This appropriation is limited to making grants to support initiatives to protect traditional Maori knowledge relating to NZ's indigenous biodiversity.
4354351,276

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.
1,689689839

Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the write-off of debts relating to Concession Revenue.
100100100

Purchase and Development of Reserves (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of conservation land, including the purchase of reserves, and any associated administration costs as provided for under the Reserves Act 1977.
6,6611,6891,800

Subscriptions to International Organisations (M16)

This appropriation is limited to meeting annual subscriptions to international conservation organisations.
325325405

Vested Coastal Marine Areas Compensation (M16)

Obligatory compensation payable upon vesting of coastal marine areas in the Crown.
303030

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.
383383241

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.
872--

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

11,4594,4815,655

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.
50,61550,61544,747

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

50,61550,61544,747

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

Crown Land Acquisitions (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of land for the Conservation Estate
6006009,510

Milford Flood Protection (M16)

This appropriation is limited to flood protection works on the Cleddau River at Milford Sound.
20020012,845

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

80080022,355

Total Annual and Permanent Appropriations

444,348423,450419,078

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 Schedule2008/09
Estimated Actual
$000
2009/10
Projected
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2009/10
Opening Balance446,069552,327
Capital Injections106,01423,754On July 1 2008 there was a one-off $76 million capital injection for the transfer of Fencing Assets from the Crown.
Capital Withdrawals--
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred)241(400)
Other Movements31,000Adjustment arising from forecast deficits.

Closing Balance

552,327576,681