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Public submissions invited on management of Molesworth Station

Date:  12 October 2012

Acheron Accommodation House.
Acheron Accommodation House, Molesworth Station

Submissions are being invited on a draft management plan for Molesworth Station – a high country reserve and New Zealand’s largest farm.

Molesworth has a distinguished

Submissions are being invited on a draft management plan for Molesworth Station - a high country reserve and New Zealand's largest farm.

Molesworth has a distinguished place in New Zealand's heritage as a South Island high country farming icon and for its significant natural ecology. Its vast 180,787 hectares, about the size of Stewart Island/Rakiura, span South Marlborough and North Canterbury.

In 2005 Molesworth became a recreation reserve under Department of Conservation management with its working farm continuing, operated by Landcorp Farming Limited.

People have until 4pm, Friday 14 December 2012 to make submissions on the draft management plan which, when finalised, will guide and direct the management of Molesworth for up to 10 years.

Hamish Ensor, chairman of the Molesworth Steering Committee which advises on Molesworth's management, said submissions on the Draft Molesworth Management Plan enabled the public to have input into how it is managed.

"Molesworth is a national taonga/treasure that belongs to all New Zealanders. The contribution the public make to its management through submissions on its draft management plan is important and is valued.

"In November, we will be hosting four public meetings in Hanmer Springs, Nelson, Blenheim and Christchurch. Steering committee members will be on hand to answer any questions people may have to assist them in making their submissions.

"Management of Molesworth integrates protection of its natural, historical and cultural values and recreational use with its pastoral farming operation. The draft management plan outlines proposed measures for how this will be achieved and balanced.

"The draft plan and its proposals build on the good working relationship between DOC and Landcorp developed over several decades, with advice from the Molesworth Steering Committee, to integrate Molesworth's special values. The plan proposals aim for further protection and enhancement of its farming, conservation and recreation values with the wellbeing of Molesworth being an overriding consideration."

DOC Nelson Marlborough Conservator Neil Clifton said the plan aimed to retain Molesworth's high country character of an open uncluttered landscape of towering mountains and wide river valleys that give a sense of vast grandeur.