Supplementary estimates of appropriations

Vote Conservation - Supplementary Estimates 2019/20

Formats and related files

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

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections#

Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations#

Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type 2019/20
Estimates
Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Conservation with the Community (M16)

This appropriation is limited to public awareness and educational services, and growing conservation through building partnerships with others, including iwi, councils, community groups, businesses, and individuals.
38,653 3,338 41,991

Crown Contribution to Regional Pest Management (M16)

This appropriation is limited to delivery of services to control weed and animal pests on lands administered by the Department of Conservation to meet statutory good neighbour obligations and negotiated outcomes of regional pest management plans.
3,291 (96) 3,195

Management of Historic Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the protection and conservation management of historic heritage.
5,810 42 5,852

Management of Natural Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining, restoring and protecting ecosystems, habitats and species.
263,742 546 264,288

Management of Recreational Opportunities (M16)

This appropriation is limited to recreational facilities and services, and the management of business concessions.
174,492 19,147 193,639

Total Departmental Output Expenses

485,988 22,977 508,965

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.
43,680 9,405 53,085

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

43,680 9,405 53,085

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Community Conservation Funds (M16)

This appropriation is limited to grants: for community groups and private landowners to undertake work on public and private land; to provide private land managers with information and advice, or assistance with pest and weed control, fencing and other biodiversity management actions; and to support community biodiversity restoration initiatives.
12,037 (5,267) 6,770

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.
916 (10) 906

Moutoa Gardens/Pakaitore (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutoa Gardens Reserve.
23 10 33

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

12,976 (5,267) 7,709

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.
60 - 60

Depreciation - Crown Property, Plant and Equipment (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the depreciation on Crown property, plant and equipment on Crown land administered by the Department of Conservation.
311 - 311

Impairment of Public Conservation Land (M74)

This appropriation is limited to the impairment in value of Public Conservation land to be transferred to iwi as part of Treaty of Waitangi Settlements.
50 1,537 1,587

Loss on Disposal of Crown Property, Plant and Equipment (M16)

This appropriation is limited to losses incurred on the disposal of Crown property, plant and equipment.
2,525 (1,925) 600

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.
999 448 1,447

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.
839 - 839

Payment to Facilitate the Transfer of Assets as Part of a Treaty of Waitangi Settlement (M16)

This appropriation is limited to a payment to facilitate the transfer of the Waipahihi Stream Conservation Area as part of an historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement with Ngati Tuwharetoa.
- 2,000 2,000

Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the write-off of debts relating to Crown Revenue.
100 150 250

Subscriptions to International Organisations (M16)

This appropriation is limited to meeting annual subscriptions to international conservation organisations.
405 100 505

Vesting of Reserves (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the costs incurred in vesting Crown reserves in third parties, and Crown contributions towards the purchase of reserves by third parties.
150 4,874 5,024

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.
241 - 241

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

5,680 7,184 12,864

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Crown Land Acquisitions (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of property for the Conservation Estate.
2,000 2,240 4,240

Pike River Memorial and Museum (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the Pike River memorial, the interpretation centre and museum as historic assets.
921 - 921

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.
1,800 1,587 3,387

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

4,721 3,827 8,548

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

     

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

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to support the protection for natural and historic places.
23,528 (6,650) 16,878

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Legal Protection Queen Elizabeth II

This category is limited to identification and implementation of protection of biodiversity on private land.
3,412 - 3,412

Nature Heritage Fund

This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on private land.
6,097 (4,256) 1,841

Nga Whenua Rahui

This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori land.
9,430 1,025 10,455

South Island Landless Natives Act

This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems in Maori ownership on South Island Landless Natives Act (SILNA) land.
4,589 (3,419) 1,170

Policy Advice, Statutory Planning, and Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies MCA (M16)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other services to Ministers and other parties.
13,511 (294) 13,217

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Policy Advice

This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to conservation.
4,011 (106) 3,905

Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies

This category is limited to statutory planning and the provision of services to Ministers (other than policy decision making responsibilities) and statutory bodies to enable them to discharge their portfolio and responsibilities.
9,500 (188) 9,312

Provincial Growth Fund - Conservation Projects MCA (M16)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to lift the productivity potential of the regions through conservation-related projects.
1,003 - 1,003

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Regional Projects

This category is limited to expenses incurred on conservation-related projects that contribute to regional development.
500 - 500

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Infrastructure Projects

This category is limited to capital expenditure on conservation-related infrastructure projects that contribute to regional development.
503 - 503

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

38,042 (6,944) 31,098

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

591,087 31,182 622,269

Multi-Year Appropriations#

Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

   

Predator Free New Zealand (M16)

This appropriation is limited to contributions towards activities aimed at controlling and eradicating mammalian pests in New Zealand by 2050.

Commences: 01 November 2016

Expires: 30 June 2020
Original Appropriation 23,504
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 19,500
Adjusted Appropriation 43,004
Actual to 2018/19 Year End 11,710
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 31,294
Estimate for 2020/21 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations#

  2019/20
Estimates
Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000
Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations 591,087 31,182 622,269
Total Forecast MYA Non-Departmental Output Expenses 9,501 21,793 31,294

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations

600,588 52,975 653,563

Capital Injection Authorisations#

  2019/20
Estimates
Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000
Department of Conservation - Capital Injection (M16) 29,780 11,242 41,022

Supporting Information#

Part 1 - Vote as a Whole#

Summary of Financial Activity

  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary Estimates Total
$000
Departmental
Transactions
$000
Non-Departmental
Transactions
$000
Total
Transactions
$000

Appropriations

         
Output Expenses 508,465 22,977 16,526 39,503 547,968
Benefits or Related Expenses - N/A - - -
Borrowing Expenses - - - - -
Other Expenses 5,680 - 7,184 7,184 12,864
Capital Expenditure 48,401 9,405 3,827 13,232 61,633
Intelligence and Security Department Expenses and Capital Expenditure - - N/A - -
Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)          
Output Expenses 37,039 (294) (6,650) (6,944) 30,095
Other Expenses 500 - - - 500
Capital Expenditure 503 N/A - - 503

Total Appropriations

600,588 32,088 20,887 52,975 653,563

Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

         
Tax Revenue - N/A - - -
Non-Tax Revenue 26,549 N/A 2,424 2,424 28,973
Capital Receipts 3,800 N/A - - 3,800

Total Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

30,349 N/A 2,424 2,424 32,773

Part 2 - Details of Departmental Appropriations#

2.1 - Departmental Output Expenses#

Conservation with the Community (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to public awareness and educational services, and growing conservation through building partnerships with others, including iwi, councils, community groups, businesses, and individuals.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Total Appropriation 38,653 3,338 41,991
Revenue from the Crown 34,583 6,245 40,828
Revenue from Others 4,070 (2,907) 1,163
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $3.338 million to $41.991 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • fiscally neutral adjustments of $5 million from other Departmental output expenses in 2019/20 to realign budgets with work plans, based on forecast expenditure (increase)
  • net expense transfers of $665,000 to 2019/20 as a result of unexpected delays in engagement with iwi on treaty settlements and projects (increase)
  • additional funding for Treaty settlements implementation costs of $509,000 (increase), and
  • capital to operating swap of $71,000 reflecting changes in service delivery from traditional asset purchases of computer hardware and software to "as a service" and "through the cloud" operating expenditure (increase),

partly offset by:

  • reduction in third party revenue forecast (mainly administration recoveries) from third parties of $2.907 million (decrease).

Crown Contribution to Regional Pest Management (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to delivery of services to control weed and animal pests on lands administered by the Department of Conservation to meet statutory good neighbour obligations and negotiated outcomes of regional pest management plans.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Total Appropriation 3,291 (96) 3,195
Revenue from the Crown 3,191 - 3,191
Revenue from Others 100 (96) 4
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The appropriation has decreased by $96,000 to $3.195 million due to a reduction in third party revenue forecast (mainly from sponsorship/partnerships).

Management of Historic Heritage (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the protection and conservation management of historic heritage.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Total Appropriation 5,810 42 5,852
Revenue from the Crown 5,335 406 5,741
Revenue from Others 475 (364) 111
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $42,000 to $5.852 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • expense transfers of $484,000 from 2018/19 to 2019/20 as a result of delays in restoration work by specialist contactors (increase), and
  • capital to operating swap of $12,000 reflecting changes in service delivery from traditional asset purchases of computer hardware and software to "as a service" and "through the cloud" operating expenditure (increase),

partly offset by:

  • a reduction in forecasted third party revenue of $364,000 driven by lower visitor fees (decrease), and
  • expense transfers of $90,000 from 2019/20 to 2020/21 due to unexpected delays obtaining permits and consents from third parties and delayed engagement with iwi (decrease).

Management of Natural Heritage (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to maintaining, restoring and protecting ecosystems, habitats and species.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Total Appropriation 263,742 546 264,288
Revenue from the Crown 240,391 1,848 242,239
Revenue from Others 23,351 (1,302) 22,049
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $546,000 to $264.288 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • a fiscally neutral transfer of funding from 2020/21 to 2019/20 of $5.200 million for Tiakina Nga Manu - Battle for our Birds programme (increase)
  • additional funding of $2.856 million for the Conservation Services Programme from industry levies (increase)
  • funding of $2.602 million received from the Tairawhiti and Forestry Worker Redeployment package (increase)
  • additional funding of $734,000 received from mining compensation revenue (increase)
  • additional funding received of $585,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund for the Sentinel A Nuku Project (increase)
  • additional funding of $400,000 received from International Visitor Levy (increase)
  • capital to operating swap of $268,000 reflecting changes in service delivery from traditional asset purchases of computer hardware and software to "as a service" and "through the cloud" operating expenditure (increase), and
  • net expense transfers of $133,000 to 2019/20 as a result of pending enactment of legislation, delays in completing pest control work programmes due to contractor sourcing, monitoring results and weather events and delays in engaging with external stakeholders (increase),

partly offset by the following:

  • a fiscally neutral adjustment of $10.930 million to other Departmental output expenses in 2019/20 only to realign 2019/20 budgets with work plans based on forecasted expenditure (decrease), and
  • a reduction in third party revenue forecast of $1.302 million driven by lower tourism numbers expected (decrease).

Management of Recreational Opportunities (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to recreational facilities and services, and the management of business concessions.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000
Total Appropriation 174,492 19,147 193,639
Revenue from the Crown 142,765 11,737 154,502
Revenue from Others 29,727 7,410 37,137
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $19.147 million to $193.639 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • additional third party revenue forecast of $7.410 million mainly from Great Walks pass sales (differential pricing) (increase)
  • a fiscally neutral adjustment of $5.930 million from other Departmental output expenses in 2019/20 only to realign 2019/20 budgets with work plans based on forecasted expenditure (increase)
  • additional Crown concessions revenue of $3.460 million for recreational services (increase)
  • funding of $1.298 million received from the Tairawhiti and Forestry Worker Redeployment package (increase)
  • capital charge adjustment of $1.110 million on asset revaluations (increase)
  • additional funding received of $515,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund (increase), and
  • capital to operating swap of $226,000 reflecting changes in service delivery from traditional asset purchases of computer hardware and software to "as a service" and "through the cloud" operating expenditure (increase).

partly offset by:

  • expense transfers of $622,000 from 2019/20 to 2020/21 due to unexpected delays in engaging with external stakeholders, obtaining resource consents and contractor sourcing (decrease), and
  • reallocation of funding received from the Provincial Growth Fund for Taranaki Crossing to out-years of $180,000 (decrease).

2.3 - Departmental Capital Expenditure and Capital Injections#

Department of Conservation - Capital Expenditure PLA (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $9.405 million to $53.085 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • the transfer of funding from Vote Business, Science and Innovation of $7.405 million to implement projects approved from the Provincial Growth Fund (increase), and
  • non-cash appropriation funding for land tenure reviews was increased by $2 million based on the current information provided by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and previous history of land settlements (increase).
Capital Injections and Movements in Departmental Net Assets
Department of Conservation
Details of Net Asset Schedule 2019/20
Main Estimates Projections
$000
2019/20
Supplementary Estimates Projections
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2019/20
Opening Balance 677,613 648,867 Supplementary Estimates opening balance reflects the audited results as at 30 June 2019.
Capital Injections 29,780 41,022 Capital injections increased by $11.242 million to $41.022 million for 2019/20 due to capital transfers from 2018/19 of $16.706 million due to unexpected delays in consultation with third parties, resource consents process, vendor testing and storm damage (increase), the transfer of funding from Vote Business, Science and Innovation of $7.405 million to implement projects approved from the Provincial Growth Fund (increase), and non-cash appropriation funding for land tenure reviews increased by $2 million based on the current information provided by Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and previous history of land settlements (increase). This increase was partly offset by the following: capital to operating swap of $14.869 million reflecting changes in service delivery from traditional asset purchases of computer hardware and software to "as a service" and "through the cloud" operating expenditure (decrease).
Capital Withdrawals - -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) (2,000) (2,000)  
Other Movements - -  

Closing Balance

705,393 687,889  

Part 3 - Details of Non-Departmental Appropriations#

3.1 - Non-Departmental Output Expenses#

Community Conservation Funds (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to grants: for community groups and private landowners to undertake work on public and private land; to provide private land managers with information and advice, or assistance with pest and weed control, fencing and other biodiversity management actions; and to support community biodiversity restoration initiatives.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $5.267 million to $6.770 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • net expense transfers of $5.598 million to 2020/21 as a result of the alignment of funding with the timing of grants (decrease),

partly offset by:

  • a funding increase of $331,000 received from the Ministry of Environment's Community Environment Fund (increase).

Management Services - Natural and Historic Places (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $10,000 to $906,000 for 2019/20 due to a fiscally neutral adjustment of $10,000 to other Non-departmental other expenses, to fund the increase in purchase agreement between the Crown and the Pakaitore/Moutoa Gardens Historic Reserve Board in 2019/20 only.

Moutoa Gardens/Pakaitore (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutoa Gardens Reserve.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $10,000 to $33,000 for 2019/20 due to a fiscally neutral adjustment of $10,000 from other Non-departmental other expenses, to fund the increase in purchase agreement between the Crown and the Pakaitore/Moutoa Gardens Historic Reserve Board in 2019/20 only.

Predator Free New Zealand (M16)

Scope of Appropriation and Expenses
Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Predator Free New Zealand (M16)

This appropriation is limited to contributions towards activities aimed at controlling and eradicating mammalian pests in New Zealand by 2050.

Commences: 01 November 2016

Expires: 30 June 2020
Original Appropriation 23,504
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 19,500
Adjusted Appropriation 43,004
Actual to 2018/19 Year End 11,710
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 31,294
Estimate for 2020/21 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This multi-year appropriation increased by $19.500 million to $43.004 million in 2019/20 due to funding received from the Provincial Growth Fund of $19.500 million (increase).

3.4 - Non-Departmental Other Expenses#

Impairment of Public Conservation Land (M74)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the impairment in value of Public Conservation land to be transferred to iwi as part of Treaty of Waitangi Settlements.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $1.537 million to $1.587 million in 2019/20 due to:

  • an expense transfer of $1.336 million from 2018/19, as a result of the timing of the write-down of land subject to Treaty settlements (increase), and
  • additional funding for Treaty settlement costs of $201,000 (increase).

Loss on Disposal of Crown Property, Plant and Equipment (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to losses incurred on the disposal of Crown property, plant and equipment.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $1.925 million to $600,000 for 2019/20 due to an expense transfer of $1.925 million to 2020/21 pending enactment of Waitangi Endowment Forest legislation.

Matauranga Maori Fund (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to making grants to support initiatives to protect traditional Maori knowledge relating to NZ's indigenous biodiversity.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $448,000 to $1.447 million for 2019/20 due to net expense transfers required for unexpected delays in knowledge collection, conducting interviews, research and reporting.

Payment to Facilitate the Transfer of Assets as Part of a Treaty of Waitangi Settlement (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to a payment to facilitate the transfer of the Waipahihi Stream Conservation Area as part of an historical Treaty of Waitangi settlement with Ngati Tuwharetoa.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $2 million to $2 million for 2019/20 due to an expense transfer from 2018/19 for unexpected delays in negotiating with the third party.

Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the write-off of debts relating to Crown Revenue.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $150,000 to $250,000 for 2019/20 due to increased possible debtor write offs, including one single debt of $94,000 which is in dispute.

Subscriptions to International Organisations (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to meeting annual subscriptions to international conservation organisations.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $100,000 to $505,000 for 2019/20 due to increased charges from all of the international organisations and the requirement to pay arrears to two of the organisations.

Vesting of Reserves (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the costs incurred in vesting Crown reserves in third parties, and Crown contributions towards the purchase of reserves by third parties.
How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
Assessment of Performance 2019/20
Estimates
Standard
Supplementary
Estimates
Standard
Total
Standard

Expenditure reflects costs incurred in vesting Crown reserves in third parties, and Crown contributions towards the purchase of reserves by third parties.

- Meets Meets
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance reporting for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister of Conservation in the Vote Conservation Non-Departmental Appropriations report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $4.874 million to $5.024 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • an expense transfer for $3.568 million to 2019/20 due to the unplanned delays of planned vestings (increase)
  • technical adjustment for increased net book values of the land parcels since the previous financial year of $785,000 (increase), and
  • additional land parcels identified for vesting to third parties totalling $521,000 (increase).

3.5 - Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure#

Crown Land Acquisitions (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the purchase of property for the Conservation Estate.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $2.240 million to $4.240 million for 2019/20 due to a capital expenditure transfer of $2.240 million relating to delays in the Redcliffs Park and School land exchange following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Purchase and Development of Reserves (M16)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $1.587 million to $3.387 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • the Reserve Trust balance brought forward to 2019/20 only. The Reserve Trust bank account is funded by the disposal of reserves and is available for the purchase and development of reserves only when required. The amount brought forward was $3.387 million (increase),

partly offset by:

  • capital expenditure transfer of $1.800 million to 2020/21 as not all funds in the bank account will be spent in 2019/20 (decrease).

Part 4 - Details of Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure#

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure#

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

Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to support the protection for natural and historic places.
Scope of Appropriation
Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Legal Protection Queen Elizabeth II
This category is limited to identification and implementation of protection of biodiversity on private land.

Nature Heritage Fund
This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on private land.

Nga Whenua Rahui
This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori land.

South Island Landless Natives Act
This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems in Maori ownership on South Island Landless Natives Act (SILNA) land.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000

Total Appropriation

23,528 (6,650) 16,878

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     
Legal Protection Queen Elizabeth II 3,412 - 3,412
Nature Heritage Fund 6,097 (4,256) 1,841
Nga Whenua Rahui 9,430 1,025 10,455
South Island Landless Natives Act 4,589 (3,419) 1,170
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $6.650 million to $16.878 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • Nature Heritage Fund net expense transfers of $4.256 million to 2020/21 due to unanticipated delays such as awaiting survey completion, delays in negotiations with third parties, contractor availability, and seasonal timing/unfavourable weather events (decrease), and
  • South Island Landless Natives Act net expense transfers to 2020/21 of $3.419 million, due to unexpected delays resulting from the complexities of multiple ownership for the land areas involved (decrease),

partly offset by:

  • Nga Whenua Rahui net expense transfers to 2019/20 of $1.025 million due to unplanned events such as delays in negotiations, contractor availability and difficulty accessing challenging terrain (increase).

Policy Advice, Statutory Planning, and Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies (M16)

Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide policy advice and other services to Ministers and other parties.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses

Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to conservation.

Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies
This category is limited to statutory planning and the provision of services to Ministers (other than policy decision making responsibilities) and statutory bodies to enable them to discharge their portfolio and responsibilities.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2019/20
Estimates
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
$000
Total
$000

Total Appropriation

13,511 (294) 13,217

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Policy Advice 4,011 (106) 3,905
Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies 9,500 (188) 9,312

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

12,945 (132) 12,813
Policy Advice 3,911 (144) 3,767
Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies 9,034 12 9,046

Revenue from Others

566 (162) 404
Policy Advice 100 38 138
Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies 466 (200) 266
What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
Assessment of Performance 2019/20
Estimates
Standard
Supplementary Estimates
Standard
Total
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Policy Advice      

This category is intended to achieve effective policy advice to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to conservation.

     

The satisfaction of the Minister of Conservation with the policy advice service, as per common satisfaction survey.

- 4 (out of 5) 4 (out of 5)

Technical quality of policy advice papers assessed by a survey and robustness assessment.

- 3 (out of 5) 3 (out of 5)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $294,000 to $13.217 million for 2019/20 due to:

  • a reduction in third party revenue forecast of $162,000 mainly from administration recoveries (decrease), and
  • expense transfer to 2020/21 of $150,000 due to unexpected delays in work supplied from the third-party vendor due to the increased complexity of the project (decrease),

partly offset by:

  • capital to operating swap of $18,000 reflecting changes in service delivery from traditional asset purchases of computer hardware and software to "as a service" and "through the cloud" operating expenditure (increase).