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Residents and visitors in Otago
and Southland have the chance
over the next few weeks to
have their say about how the
Department of Conservation
manages local conservation land.
DOC is trialling a new way to
engage public opinion using an
online mapping tool to find out
what people value in Southland
and Otago. This interactive tool
has previously been used in
America and Australia, however,
this is the first time it has been
used in New Zealand.
DOC Otago community relations
manager Ken Stewart and
DOC Southland Conservancy
community relations manager
Martin Kessick said this trial was a
new innovation for the department
and provided an opportunity for
people to have a say.
“Using this method means people
can tell us what they think in the
comfort of their own homes,” Mr
Kessick said. “The department
particularly wants to encourage
feedback from people who may
not normally get involved as well
as those who traditionally have
done so in the past.”
The study is based on an easy to
use interactive mapping system
that allows participants to place a
range of icons on a map to show
what they value in different places
around Otago and Southland.
“We’re keen to hear what people
have to say on a number of
topics,” Mr Stewart said. “For
example, you can indicate
locations that are important to you
for recreation or native wildlife,
or you can tell us where you
think there is overcrowding, poor
information, or too much noise.
You can even point out where
you think development should or
shouldn’t be encouraged.”
Participants also have the
opportunity to tell DOC what
they think each region should
be known for and what they
think about the way DOC land is
Understanding public values
about conservation land is
considered a key step in reviewing
the departments’ Conservation
Management Strategies (CMS).
A CMS is a 10-year regional
strategy that provides direction
for the management of public
conservation land, water and
species for which the department
“The opportunity to help shape
a CMS happens every 10 years,
so it’s a significant opportunity
for people to have their say,” Mr
Kessick said. “It’s important to
hear from as many people as
possible during this process.
“This is an early bird opportunity
for the public to have their say.
They will be consulted in a more
formal way later in the year.”
The study is a partnership
between DOC, the University of
Waikato and the University of
Members of the public are
encouraged to participate
in the study by visiting www.
Otago or www.landscapemap2.
org/nzdoc for Southland.
DOC offers hi-tech way to have your say
A screen shot of the new interactive mapping system DOC is hoping people will use to give their feedback on what they
value most in the conservation estate.
In a practical gesture of charity beginning at
home, the beleaguered Red Cross op-shop
in Invercargill has gifted its stock goods to
the newly set up charity op-shop in Ohai.
Invercargill Red Cross volunteers have
looked after the clothing needs of hard up
and burnt out families for decades, but
others are doing it now.
The big blow fell when their shop premises
in Dee Street, its bricks crumbling, was
deemed unstable and unsafe – a risk
to both those inside the shop and those
walking past on the pavement.
Over a weekend the shop was cleared of
its second hand clothing which had to be
housed under members’ beds or in garages
while a search for new premises proved
Then, they received an approach from
the Ohai charity shop, desperate to build
up stock, promising any funds raised be
earmarked to help children in the township.
Charity shop treasurer Carol Wishart drove
a van and trailer to town returning with 500
coat-hangers of clothes.
What a bonanza it proved last weekend
when her committee staged a fashion show
for children, letting them choose and model
their gear, on a T-shaped runway set up with
bowling mats in the Ohai community centre.
The 50-odd kids had a ball and a disco and
their mums were ecstatic.
Nikki Voice, there with Micah and Imarlei,
two of her four daughters, said she thought
it wonderful, and so did the girls.
Vonnie Vercoe helped them with the clothes
and Caroline Reed was compere for the
The whole show was done with marvellous
flair, under a great revolving mirror light
organised by Tiger Watson.
Committee members Lesley Smith said
this was the second big thing in the week,
following 54 children swimming for free in
the Ohai pool on Friday afternoons.
The charity shop bought tickets for the
children from the pool committee and the
idea proved a great hit.
“We set aside $200 for free swims,’’ Mrs
Smith said, adding that more than half was
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