5 Apr 2012

Te Roroa: strong support for co-governance of kauri forest

7:00 pm on 5 April 2012

The Northland iwi Te Roroa says there's strong support in the region for co-governance of Waipoua kauri forest, if it becomes a National Park.

The Department of Conservation is analysing submissions on the proposal and plans to present a report on it to the July meeting of the New Zealand Conservation Authority.

It says co-governance with the iwi will be a sticking point because the National Parks Act doesn't allow it.

Te Roroa chairman Tim Reuben says it's a point the Government will have to address.

He says Te Roroa were given the right to co-manage the kauri forest with DoC, as part of their Treaty settlement - but co-governance would give tangata whenua more authority.