Get involved in the Otago CMS consultation

The draft Otago Conservation Management Strategy (CMS) publicly notified on Wednesday 26 June 2013. Submissions have now closed.

View the draft Otago Conservation Management Strategy

Process and important dates

The public notification process follows Section 17F of the Conservation Act 1987.

26 June 2013: Draft Otago Strategy is publicly available online and in hard copy.

13 September 2013: at 4:30 pm: Submissions closed.

October / November 2013: Hearings held.

November 2013 - May 2014: Revision of draft strategy. Based on consideration of submissions, DOC will revise the draft strategy. You will be advised on DOC’s response to your submission and the reasons for that approach.

2014:  Approval process. This involves the following steps:

  • The Conservation Board(s) consider the revised strategy and the summary of submissions and makes a recommendation to the New Zealand Conservation Authority
  • New Zealand Conservation Authority considers the revised strategy and seeks the Minister of Conservation's comments
  • New Zealand Conservation Authority approves the document.

Canterbury and Southland Murihiku strategies

Alongside the draft Otago CMS, the Department notified draft CMSs for Canterbury and Southland Murihiku. Collectively, these draft strategies show how the Department intends to manage conservation values in the lower South Island over the next 10 years.

If you would like more information about the Canterbury and Southland Murihiku reviews please email


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To find out how you can get involved in conservation activities near you, contact your local DOC office