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Estimates of appropriations

Vote Conservation - Environment Sector - Estimates 2019/20

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

Overview of the Vote

The Minister of Conservation is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2019/20 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $264 million for the management of natural heritage including the maintenance, restoration and protection of ecosystems, habitats and species
  • a total of over $174 million for recreational facilities and services, and the management of business concessions
  • a total of nearly $39 million for working with communities to protect natural and historic resources
  • a total of nearly $24 million for the identification and implementation of protection for natural and historic places
  • a total of nearly $14 million for policy advice, statutory planning, and services to ministers and statutory bodies
  • a total of nearly $13 million for management services of natural and historic places, ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutua Gardens Reserve, and funding for projects for the Community Conservation Funds
  • a total of nearly $6 million for the protection and conservation management of historic heritage
  • a total of nearly $6 million for compensation payments, depreciation on crown property, plant and equipment, loss on disposal of crown property, plant and equipment, Matauranga Maori Fund, payment of rates on properties for concessionaires, provision for bad and doubtful debts, subscriptions to international organisations, vesting of reserves and the Waikaremoana Lakebed lease
  • a total of over $3 million for services to control weed and animal pests on lands administered by the department in relation to regional pest management plans
  • a total of over $1 million for lifting the productivity potential of the regions through conservation-related projects
  • a total of nearly $44 million for departmental capital expenditure regarding property, plant, equipment and intangible assets, and
  • a total of nearly $5 million for non-departmental capital expenditure regarding crown land acquisitions, Pike River Memorial and Museum and the purchase and development of reserves.

The Minister of Conservation is also responsible for a multi-year appropriation of nearly $24 million from 2016/17 to 2019/20 to fund a predator free New Zealand by 2050.

The Minister of Conservation is also responsible for a capital injection of nearly $30 million to the Department of Conservation.

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations is responsible for an appropriation in the Vote for 2019/20 financial year of $50,000 for the impairment of public conservation land to be transferred to iwi as part of Treaty of Waitangi Settlements.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections

Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

  2018/19 2019/20
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
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.
40,554 40,444 38,653

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.
3,241 3,241 3,291

Management of Historic Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the protection and conservation management of historic heritage.
7,850 7,340 5,810

Management of Natural Heritage (M16)

This appropriation is limited to maintaining, restoring and protecting ecosystems, habitats and species.
206,502 201,205 263,742

Management of Recreational Opportunities (M16)

This appropriation is limited to recreational facilities and services, and the management of business concessions.
165,782 164,775 174,492

Total Departmental Output Expenses

423,929 417,005 485,988

Departmental Other Expenses

     

Loss on Departmental Property, Plant and Equipment Transfers to Other Entities (M16)

This appropriation is limited to losses incurred on the transfer of Departmental property, plant and equipment to other entities.
1,425 1,425 -

Total Departmental Other Expenses

1,425 1,425 -

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.
35,268 33,964 43,680

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

35,268 33,964 43,680

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.
5,927 3,645 12,037

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.
1,166 1,166 916

Moutoa Gardens/Pakaitore (M16)

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

Stewart Island Infrastructure (M16)

This appropriation is limited to assistance to the Southland District Council for additional community infrastructure arising from increased visitor numbers on Stewart Island.
292 292 -

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

7,408 5,126 12,976

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 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.
311 311 311

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.
1,386 50 50

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.
600 600 2,525

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.
921 88 999

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.
839 839 839

Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts (M16)

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

Subscriptions to International Organisations (M16)

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

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.
3,718 150 150

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.
241 241 241

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 - -

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

10,581 2,844 5,680

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Crown Land Acquisitions (M16)

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

Pike River Memorial and Museum (M16)

This appropriation is limited to the Pike River memorial, the interpretation centre and museum as historic assets.
- - 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.
5,967 5,967 1,800

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

10,207 7,967 4,721

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.
16,192 7,260 23,528

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 3,412

Nature Heritage Fund

This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on private land.
1,787 787 6,097

Nga Whenua Rahui

This category is limited to the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori land.
10,393 3,061 9,430

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.
600 - 4,589

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.
11,131 11,081 13,511

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.
3,351 3,351 4,011

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.
7,780 7,730 9,500

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

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Regional Projects

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

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

27,323 18,341 38,042

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

516,141 486,672 591,087

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 2017/18 (188)
Adjustments for 2018/19 188
Adjusted Appropriation 23,504
Actual to 2017/18 Year End 4,501
Estimated Actual for 2018/19 9,502
Estimate for 2019/20 9,501
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

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

  2018/19 2019/20
  Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations 516,141 486,672 591,087
Total Forecast MYA Non-Departmental Output Expenses 9,502 9,502 9,501

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

525,643 496,174 600,588

Capital Injection Authorisations

  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Department of Conservation - Capital Injection (M16) 46,747 45,443 29,780

Supporting Information

Part 1 - Vote as a Whole

1.1 - New Policy Initiatives

Policy Initiative Appropriation 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy

Management of Natural Heritage

Departmental Output Expenses
- 42,168 44,123 46,073 48,043
Improving the safety and security of conservation workers and volunteers

Management of Natural Heritage

- 1,378 1,323 1,326 1,323
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Management of Recreational Opportunities

- 1,377 1,323 1,326 1,323
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Conservation-related projects through the Provincial Growth Fund

Departmental Capital Injection

- 647 1,472 2,945 1,470
 

Provincial Growth Fund - Conservation Projects (MCA)

         
 

Regional Projects

- 500 2,295 4,589 2,290
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
 

Infrastructure Projects

- 500 2,305 4,610 2,300
  Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure          
Reprioritisation of funding - historic property maintenance

Management Services - Natural and Historic Places

- (250) (250) (250) (250)
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Reprioritisation of funding - South Island Landless Natives Act

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

         
 

South Island Landless Natives Act

- (1,869) - - -
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          

Total Initiatives

  - 44,451 52,591 60,619 56,499

1.2 - Trends in the Vote

Summary of Financial Activity
  2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
  Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Non-
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000

Appropriations

                       
Output Expenses 342,508 365,941 384,725 385,571 440,839 431,633 485,988 22,477 508,465 499,449 510,250 512,131
Benefits or Related Expenses - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Borrowing Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other Expenses 3,836 10,644 16,632 7,115 12,006 4,269 - 5,680 5,680 3,310 3,310 3,310
Capital Expenditure 23,594 18,139 20,204 30,234 45,475 41,931 43,680 4,721 48,401 38,506 39,079 37,604
Intelligence and Security Department Expenses and Capital Expenditure - - - - - - - N/A - - - -
Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)                        
Output Expenses 22,309 21,899 18,404 18,172 27,323 18,341 13,511 23,528 37,039 24,792 24,792 24,792
Other Expenses - - - - - - - 500 500 2,295 4,589 2,290
Capital Expenditure - - - - - - N/A 503 503 2,305 4,610 2,300

Total Appropriations

392,247 416,623 439,965 441,092 525,643 496,174 543,179 57,409 600,588 570,657 586,630 582,427

Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

                       
Tax Revenue - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Non-Tax Revenue 23,770 31,387 27,225 26,944 27,328 27,328 N/A 26,549 26,549 26,579 26,579 26,579
Capital Receipts 699 3,483 258 452 3,800 3,800 N/A 3,800 3,800 2,800 2,800 2,800

Total Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

24,469 34,870 27,483 27,396 31,128 31,128 N/A 30,349 30,349 29,379 29,379 29,379

Note - where restructuring of the vote has occurred then, to the extent practicable, prior years information has been restated as if the restructuring had occurred before the beginning of the period covered. In this instance Total Appropriations for the Budgeted and Estimated Actual year may not equal Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations in the Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections.

Adjustments to the Summary of Financial Activity Table Due to Vote Restructuring

There have been no restructuring adjustments to prior year information in the Summary of Financial Activity table.

1.3 - Analysis of Significant Trends

The increase in Expenses reflects additional future spending on new policy initiatives by the current Government, including:

  • the introduction of the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy
  • the transfer of funding from Vote Business, Science and Innovation to implement conservation-related projects through the Provincial Growth Fund, and
  • funding received for improving the safety and security of conservation workers and volunteers.

Spending continues on the following policy initiatives by the current Government:

  • controlling and eradicating predators in priority ecosystems to reduce the extinction risk for threatened species by improving and protecting their habitats. It will also protect and increase biodiversity values on offshore islands
  • funding for other biodiversity programmes (freshwater, marine, and terrestrial)
  • strengthening organisational capacity and capability by investing in and increasing organisational development, human resources and policy staff, and by ensuring that assets such as staff housing are safe and fit for purpose
  • managing the impacts of increasing numbers of visitors to public conservation land by increasing capacity in research and evaluation; regulatory, policy and economic analysis; strategic planning and performance; and regional collaboration, and
  • protecting the unique landscapes and biodiversity values of the Mackenzie Basin.

Spending continues on the following policy initiatives by the previous Government:

  • funding for pest control programmes targeted at sites with significant likelihood of extinction or serious decline in threatened species following prolific flowering of beech and other forest species
  • managing the kauri tree disease through the kauri dieback programme
  • securing a long-term sustainable increase in New Zealand's kiwi population
  • tourism infrastructure and growth initiatives which support tourism and regional economic development, and
  • funding for the Crown Company Predator Free 2050 Ltd to help control and eradicate mammalian pests and develop more effective control techniques.

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
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 40,554 40,444 38,653
Revenue from the Crown 38,984 38,874 34,583
Revenue from Others 1,570 1,570 4,070
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the engagement of more people with conservation and increase their understanding of the benefits conservation provides. It is also intended to achieve conservation gains from building partnerships with others.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Number of workday equivalents contributed by people volunteering.

28,000 34,800 33,850

Number of partnerships run during the year.

820 492 460

Percentage of partners surveyed who rate their contribution to conservation as moderate or significant, with a target of 80%.

80% 89% 80%

Percentage of partnerships that involve tangata whenua, with a target of greater than 30% (number reported at year end).

30% 19% 30%

Education and Communication

     

Number of knowledge and skill sharing (education) initiatives to be provided during year.

780 665 690

Percentage of participants surveyed who rate the initiative as partly effective or effective at meeting its objectives, with a target of 70%.

70% 94% 70%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Enhancing biodiversity protection in the Mackenzie Basin 2018/19 800 820 820 160 160
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
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 3,241 3,241 3,291
Revenue from the Crown 3,191 3,191 3,191
Revenue from Others 50 50 100
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the weed and animal pest outcomes arising from good neighbour and regional pest management plan negotiations.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Regional Pest Management Strategies

     

Number of regional pest management strategies with completed Crown exacerbator weed and pest programmes.

13 13 13
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Management of Historic Heritage (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the protection and conservation management of historic heritage.
Expenses and Revenue
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 7,850 7,340 5,810
Revenue from the Crown 7,775 7,265 5,335
Revenue from Others 75 75 475
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the protection of New Zealand's history and bringing it to life for New Zealanders.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Historic and Cultural Heritage Restoration

     

Number of historic heritage assets for which remedial work is completed to standard during the year.

3 4 6

Percentage of historic heritage assets for which regular maintenance work is on track to standard during the year, with a target of 75% (number reported at year end).

75% 83% 75%

Percentage of historic or cultural heritage assessment reports completed to standard during the year, with a target of 40% (number reported at year end).

40% 67% 40%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Previous Government

           
Pike River Memorial Track and visitor assets 2016/17 142 142 142 142 142
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to a fiscally neutral adjustment of $1.300 million to this appropriation from other Departmental output expenses in 2018/19 to realign budgets with work plans (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
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 206,502 201,205 263,742
Revenue from the Crown 184,001 178,704 240,391
Revenue from Others 22,501 22,501 23,351
Components of the Appropriation
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Public conservation lands, waters and species are held now and for future generations 87,187 84,954 127,443
Full range of NZ's ecosystems is conserved to a healthy functioning state 75,862 73,919 86,645
Nationally threatened species are conserved to ensure persistence 15,178 14,802 18,701
Other operational programmes including providing support, developing tools and undertaking research and evaluation 28,275 27,530 30,953
Total 206,502 201,205 263,742
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the maintenance and restoration of the diversity of New Zealand's natural heritage.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Pest and Weed Control

     

Hectares of land under sustained rat control.

New measure 1,159,281 1,353,600

Hectares of land receiving treatment for rats and mustelids.

702,000 750,636 1,418,400

Hectares of land under sustained possum control.

1,508,000 1,486,924 1,563,000

Hectares of land receiving treatment for possums.

270,000 146,944 256,000

Hectares of land under sustained deer control.

980,000 980,363 980,000

Hectares of land receiving treatment for deer.

375,000 294,253 401,500

Hectares of land under sustained goat control.

2,180,000 2,178,462 2,200,000

Hectares of land receiving treatment for goats.

1,220,000 1,114,889 1,126,700

Number of island biosecurity programmes where a pest-free status has been maintained.

58 55 58

Hectares of land under sustained weed control using a site-led approach.

928,000 918,687 909,600

Hectares of land receiving treatment for weeds using a site-led approach.

309,000 275,238 288,900

Hectares of land receiving treatment for wilding conifers using a site-led approach.

385,000 170,545 269,500

Hectares of land under sustained wilding conifer control.

1,800,000 1,801,259 1,797,000

Legal Protection of Areas and Marine Protection

     

Hectares of terrestrial environment legally protected during the year.

17,000 15,738 16,500

Ecosystems Management

     

Number of optimised ecosystem prescriptions providing active management of ecosystems.

500 500 500

Species Management

     

Number of threatened species managed for persistence.

338 338 350

Number of species under active management to ensure local security.

440 364 404

Number of species under active management to improve understanding.

288 108 275
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy 2019/20 - 42,168 44,123 46,073 48,043
Improving the safety and security of conservation workers and volunteers 2019/20 - 1,378 1,323 1,326 1,323
Biodiversity (freshwater, marine and terrestrial) 2018/19 7,169 15,747 21,924 31,160 31,160
Enhancing biodiversity by controlling and eradicating predators 2018/19 4,400 30,400 23,400 23,080 23,080
Strengthening organisational capability and capacity 2018/19 1,140 1,560 1,560 1,560 1,560

Previous Government

           
Kauri Dieback 2015/16 5,486 5,486 5,486 5,486 5,486
Save Our Iconic Kiwi 2015/16 6,602 6,815 6,815 6,815 6,815
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to:

  • new funding of $42.168 million in 2019/20 from the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (increase)
  • Budget 2018 funding of $26 million in 2019/20 for the controlling and eradicating predators initiative (increase)
  • Budget 2018 funding of $8.578 million in 2019/20 for biodiversity (freshwater, marine and terrestrial); this was a tagged contingency in Budget 2018, but has since been approved (increase)
  • net expense transfers to 2019/20 of $5.574 million mainly as a result of pending enactment of legislation (increase)
  • new funding of $1.378 million for the improving the safety and security of conservation workers and volunteers initiative (increase)
  • Budget 2018 funding of $420,000 in 2019/20 for the strengthening organisational capability and capacity initiative (increase)
  • decrease of $11.980 million relating to $5.990 million brought forward from 2019/20 to 2018/19, due to increased pest control operations in 2018/19 in response to the mega Beech Mast event of the 2018/19 summer (decrease)
  • fiscally neutral adjustment of $9 million from other Departmental output expenses in 2018/19 to realign budgets to updated work plans (decrease)
  • Conservation Services Programme funding of $4.551 million for 2018/19 only (decrease), and
  • funding of $1.543 million in 2018/19 for biodiversity expenditure funded from the West Coast mining compensation received (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
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 165,782 164,775 174,492
Revenue from the Crown 128,405 127,398 142,765
Revenue from Others 35,377 35,377 29,727
Components of the Appropriation
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Icon sites are NZ's national outdoor treasures, developed to support the growth of domestic and international tourism 40,156 39,911 42,266
Gateway destinations are developed to introduce new participants and to grow recreation in the outdoors 31,970 31,776 33,650
Locally treasured destinations are managed to grow community connection with, and use of, their locally important places 26,369 26,209 27,754
Accessing public conservation land including managing facilities at destinations that support visitor opportunities 26,231 26,072 27,609
The backcountry network is enhanced to attract a wider range of visitors and increased use of these special places 20,456 20,332 21,531
Other recreational activities 20,600 20,475 21,682
Total 165,782 164,775 174,492
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve increased participation of people in recreation.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Asset Management

     

Percentage of huts meeting required service standard, with a target of 90% to standard (number reported at year end).

90% 90% 90%

Percentage of tracks meeting required service standard in each Visitor Group, with a target of 45% to standard, (kilometres reported at year end).

45% 45% 45%

Percentage of structures meeting the required service standard, with a target of 95%, (number reported at year end).

95% 95% 95%

Recreation Opportunities Management

     

Percentage of visitor recreation and interpretation publications meeting publication standard, with a target of 90%, (number reported at year end).

90% 90% 90%

Recreation Concessions

     

Number of one-off recreation concessions managed.

70 100 80

Number of longer-term recreation concession permits, licences, leases and easements managed.

1,300 1,100 1,100

Percentage of recreation longer-term concession permits, licenses, leases, and easements monitored annually, with a target of 15% of the number managed.

15% 15% 15%

Other Resource Use Concessions

     

Number of one-off other resource use concessions managed.

120 200 120

Number of longer-term other resource use concession permits, licences, leases and easements managed.

3,300 3,400 3,300

Percentage of other longer-term resource use concessions monitored annually, with a target of 15% of the number managed.

15% 9% 15%
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Improving the safety and security of conservation workers and volunteers 2019/20 - 1,377 1,323 1,326 1,323
Managing impacts of increasing visitors to public conservation land 2018/19 1,000 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Strengthening organisational capability and capacity 2018/19 930 1,270 1,270 1,270 1,270

Previous Government

           
Tourism infrastructure - maintenance 2017/18 7,103 10,624 9,987 9,987 9,987
Tourism growth initiative - new walks 2017/18 2,126 3,436 4,238 4,238 4,238
Pike River Memorial Track and visitor assets 2015/16 2,480 2,584 2,584 2,584 2,584
Share of costs for Budget 2015 whole-of-government initiatives 2015/16 (307) (307) (307) (307) (307)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to:

  • fiscally neutral adjustments of $13.800 million to other Departmental output expenses in 2018/19 to realign budgets with updated work plans (increase)
  • Budget 2017 funding of $3.521 million in 2019/20 for the tourism infrastructure - maintenance initiative (increase)
  • Budget 2017 funding of $1.310 million in 2019/20 for the tourism infrastructure - new walks initiative (increase)
  • new funding of $1.377 million for the improving the safety and security of conservation workers and volunteers initiative (increase)
  • Budget 2018 funding of $500,000 in 2019/20 for the managing impacts of increasing visitors to public conservation land initiative (increase)
  • Budget 2018 funding of $340,000 in 2019/20 for the strengthening organisational capability and capacity initiative (increase)
  • reduction in third party revenue of $5.650 million (decrease)
  • additional Crown concessions revenue of $4.546 million in 2018/19 for recreational services (decrease), and
  • net expense transfers of $2.865 million in 2018/19 as a result of delays in consultation with Treaty partners and external consultants and weather-related delays for visitor assets construction (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.
Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Forests/Agricultural - - -
Land - - -
Property, Plant and Equipment 34,268 32,964 42,680
Intangibles 1,000 1,000 1,000
Other - - -

Total Appropriation

35,268 33,964 43,680
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the renewal and replacement of life-expired assets in support of the delivery of the Department of Conservation services.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance will be assessed through the monitoring of expenditure to ensure that it is in accordance with the Department of Conservation's intentions to enhance asset management.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for capital expenditure will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Capital Injections and Movements in Departmental Net Assets

Department of Conservation

Details of Net Asset Schedule 2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Projected
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2019/20
Opening Balance 634,170 677,613  
Capital Injections 45,443 29,780 The projected capital injection is made up of the following components: visitor assets ($14.432 million), tourism initiatives ($9.264 million), transfers from Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) arising from tenure reviews ($5.120 million), the transfer of funding from Vote Business, Science and Innovation to implement conservation-related projects through the Provincial Growth Fund ($647,000) and on-going injections ($317,000) relating to previous cabinet decisions such as intensive integrated biodiversity management at new sites on Conservation land, Waikato River co-management and treaty settlement implementation costs.
Capital Withdrawals - -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) (2,000) (2,000)  
Other Movements - -  

Closing Balance

677,613 705,393  

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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 5,927 3,645 12,037
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve support for private and community pest, weed and biodiversity restoration initiatives.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of projects funded that meet deed and reporting standards, with a target of 95%.

95% 100% 95%
End of Year Performance Reporting

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

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Non-Government Organisations        
Community Conservation groups 5,927 3,645 12,037 Ongoing
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to expense transfers from 2018/19 to 2019/20 as a result of the alignment of funding with the timing of grants.

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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,166 1,166 916
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve on-going maintenance and access for the public to properties with historical or natural significance.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Non-Government Organisations        
Property maintenance, security and structural review services 1,166 1,166 916 Ongoing
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

Reprioritisation of funding - historic property maintenance
2019/20 - (250) (250) (250) (250)
Moutoa Gardens/Pakaitore (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the ongoing management and maintenance of the Moutoa Gardens Reserve.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 23 23 23
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the ongoing maintenance of Moutoa Gardens Reserve.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Moutoa/Pakaitore Historic Reserve Board 23 23 23 Ongoing
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 2017/18 (188)
Adjustments for 2018/19 188
Adjusted Appropriation 23,504
Actual to 2017/18 Year End 4,501
Estimated Actual for 2018/19 9,502
Estimate for 2019/20 9,501
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve a predator free New Zealand by 2050.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The predator free programme is on track to meet the Predator Free Trust disbursement milestones.

Meets Meets Meets

The predator free programme is on track to meet funding allocations for tools resulting from the predator research priorities.

Meets Meets Meets
End of Year Performance Reporting

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

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Crown Company        
Predator Free 2050 Ltd 9,502 9,502 9,501 30 June 2020

3.4 - Non-Departmental Other Expenses

Compensation Payments (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to making obligatory compensation payments: when esplanade reserves are created, and upon vesting of coastal marine areas in the Crown.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 60 60 60
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the Crown's legislative obligations when esplanade reserves are created under section 289 of the Local Government Act 1974 and when coastal marine areas are vested.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Depreciation - Crown Property, Plant and Equipment (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the depreciation on Crown property, plant and equipment on Crown land administered by the Department of Conservation.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 311 311 311
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the maintenance of property, plant and equipment on Crown land administered by the Department of Conservation.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payment of depreciation. Performance information relating to the management of Crown assets is provided under the Departmental output expense appropriation Management of Recreational Opportunities.

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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,386 50 50
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision for the impairment in value of Public Conservation land as part of Treaty of Waitangi Settlements.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to a decrease in the write-down of land subject to Treaty settlements in 2018/19.

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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 600 600 2,525
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision for losses incurred on the disposal of Crown property, plant and equipment.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to an expense transfer of $1.925 million from 2018/19 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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 921 88 999
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve support for indigenous initiatives in the revival, use and retention of traditional Maori knowledge and practices in biodiversity management, and to promote biodiversity and ensure traditional knowledge and practices of Maori are respected and preserved in the management of our biodiversity and natural resources.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Non-Government Organisations        
Hapu and iwi groups 921 88 999 Ongoing
Payment of Rates on Properties for Concessionaires (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 839 839 839
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the Crown's obligations for rates on conservation land.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisations

       
Local Authorities 839 839 839 Ongoing
Provision for Bad and Doubtful Debts (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the write-off of debts relating to Crown Revenue.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 100 100 100
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision for bad debts against Crown revenue.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Subscriptions to International Organisations (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to meeting annual subscriptions to international conservation organisations.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 405 405 405
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve New Zealand's interests in international conservation issues.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisations

       
International conservation organisations 405 405 405 Ongoing
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.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 3,718 150 150
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision for the protection of natural and historic places through vesting Crown reserves with local authorities and other parties.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

Service Providers
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Non-Government Organisations

       
Local authorities 3,718 3,718 150 Ongoing
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to the reduced number of parcels of public conservation land to be vested to third parties.

Waikaremoana Lakebed Lease (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to payments made under the Lake Waikaremoana Act 1971 for the lease of the lakebed and foreshore for conservation purposes.
Expenses
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 241 241 241
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the provision for access to Lake Waikaremoana for conservation purposes.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $5 million.

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.
Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 4,240 2,000 2,000
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the protection of heritage values on acquired or leasehold land.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $15 million.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to the expected completion of the Redcliffs Park and School land exchange in 2018/19 following the Christchurch earthquakes.

Pike River Memorial and Museum (M16)
Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the Pike River memorial, the interpretation centre and museum as historic assets.
Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation - - 921
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the establishment of the Pike River memorial and the interpretation centre and museum as historic assets.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $15 million.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to expense transfers from 2018/19.

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.
Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 5,967 5,967 1,800
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the protection of heritage values by purchasing land for conservation purposes.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount is less than $15 million.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The decrease in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to the Reserve Trust balance brought forward to 2018/19 only.

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
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

16,192 7,260 23,528

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     
Legal Protection Queen Elizabeth II 3,412 3,412 3,412
Nature Heritage Fund 1,787 787 6,097
Nga Whenua Rahui 10,393 3,061 9,430
South Island Landless Natives Act 600 - 4,589
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve identification and protection of biodiversity and indigenous ecosystems on private, Maori and South Island Landless Natives Act land.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

The Department will monitor the ongoing achievement of the identification and protection of biodiversity and indigenous ecosystems on private, Maori and South Island Landless Natives Act land.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Legal Protection Queen Elizabeth II

     

This category is intended to achieve the identification and implementation of protection of biodiversity on private land.

     

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA, as the amount of Legal Protection Queen Elizabeth II is less than $5 million.

Exempted Exempted Exempted

Nature Heritage Fund

     

This category is intended to achieve the identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on private land.

     

Number of successful purchases.

Exempted Exempted 2

Nga Whenua Rahui

     

This category is intended to achieve identification and implementation of protection of indigenous ecosystems on Maori land.

     

Number of restoration programmes undertaken that meet the criteria for success set out in their programme plan.

10 10 12

Hectares of land receiving treatment for possums.

21,000 23,798 21,000

Number of possum operations undertaken that meet their targets for operational success.

22 12 12

Hectares of land receiving treatment for goats.

118,000 135,149 135,149

Number of other terrestrial animal pest operations undertaken that meet the criteria for success set out in their programme plan.

9 9 9

Number of acutely threatened species that will have improved security for one or more populations as a result of active species conservation programmes.

4 4 4

Number of agreements where Biodiversity Impact Monitoring is undertaken to measure the effectiveness of the agreement.

40 22 40

Hectares of land receiving Biodiversity Impact Monitoring to measure the effectiveness of the agreement.

20,000 7,878 25,00

Number of kawenata (covenants) approved in each of the 3 most threatened LENZ environments.

Reported at year end Reported at year end Reported at year end

South Island Landless Natives Act

     

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

     

Number of SILNA blocks protected.

1 1 1

Hectares of indigenous ecosystem protected.

738 738 382
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Service Providers for the Multi-Category Appropriation
Provider 2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2018/19
Estimated Actual
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Queen Elizabeth II National Trust 3,412 3,412 3,412 Ongoing
Nature Heritage Fund 1,787 787 6,097 Ongoing
Nga Whenua Rahui 10,393 3,061 9,430 Ongoing
Various non-government organisations (SILNA) 600 - 4,589 Ongoing

Total

16,192 7,260 23,528  
Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Reprioritisation of funding - South Island Landless Natives Act 2019/20 - (1,869) - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is mainly due to:

  • Nature Heritage Fund net expense transfers of $4.310 million as a result of commitments by the Fund that will not be expended until 2019/20 (increase)
  • Nga Whenua Rahui net expense transfers of $963,000 as a result of expected commitments by the Fund in 2018/19 (decrease), and
  • South Island Landless Natives Act net expense transfers of $3.989 million as a result of delays due to complexities of multiple ownership of the land areas involved (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
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

11,131 11,081 13,511

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Policy Advice 3,351 3,351 4,011
Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies 7,780 7,730 9,500

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

10,965 10,965 12,945
Policy Advice 3,331 3,331 3,911
Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies 7,634 7,634 9,034

Revenue from Others

166 116 566
Policy Advice 20 20 100
Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies 146 96 466
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve effective policy advice in support of Government priorities and the Department's outcomes.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

The Department will monitor the provision of advice to support decision-making by Ministers on government policy matters relating to conservation, and the provision of statutory planning and services to Ministers and statutory bodies to enable them to discharge their portfolio and responsibilities.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

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.

At least 80% At least 80% See Note 1

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

Reported at year end Reported at year end See Note 2

Statutory Planning, Services to Ministers and Statutory Bodies

     

This category is intended to achieve the provision of services to Ministers and statutory bodies to enable them to discharge their portfolio and responsibilities.

     

Number of ministerial briefings (range).

900-1,000 1,250-1,300 1,150-1,250

Number of Official Information Act requests received and actioned within statutory requirements.

500-550 1,150-1,250 750-850

Number of Parliamentary Questions received (range) with 100% meeting the ministerial deadline.

350-400 750-800 650-750

Note 1 - The Standard will be identified based on the revised Ministerial Satisfaction Survey and updated in the Supplementary Estimates. All agencies are required to use the refined Ministerial Satisfaction Survey from 2019/20 to assess ministerial satisfaction with the policy service. The survey is currently under review and the refined survey and guidance will be released before 30 June 2019.

Note 2 - The Standard will be identified based on the refreshed Policy Quality Framework and updated in the Supplementary Estimates. All agencies are required to use the refreshed Policy Quality Framework from 2019/20 to assess the quality of their policy advice papers. The Policy Quality Framework is currently being refreshed. The refreshed Framework will be released before 30 June 2019.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Strengthening organisational capacity and capability 2018/19 1,210 1,490 1,490 1,490 1,490
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The increase in this appropriation for 2019/20 is due to:

  • a fiscally neutral adjustment of $1.700 million to other Departmental output expenses in 2018/19 to realign budgets with work plans (increase)
  • a reduction in third party revenue in 2018/19 of $400,000 (increase), and
  • Budget 2018 funding of $280,000 in 2019/20 for the strengthening organisational capacity and capability initiative (increase).
Provincial Growth Fund - Conservation Projects (M16)
Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to lift the productivity potential of the regions through conservation-related projects.
Scope of Appropriation
Non-Departmental Other Expenses
Regional Projects
This category is limited to expenses incurred on conservation-related projects that contribute to regional development.
Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure
Infrastructure Projects
This category is limited to capital expenditure on conservation-related infrastructure projects that contribute to regional development.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2018/19 2019/20
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

- - 1,003

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     
Regional Projects - - 500

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     
Infrastructure Projects - - 503
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the completion of projects approved by the Provincial Growth Fund and which are managed by the Department of Conservation.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

The Department will monitor the progress and completion of the projects it manages and which are approved by the Provincial Growth Fund.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed
  2018/19 2019/20
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Regional Projects

     

This category is intended to achieve the completion of conservation-related regional projects that contribute to regional development.

     

Regional projects milestones met.

- - Meets

Infrastructure Projects

     

This category is intended to achieve the completion of conservation-related infrastructure projects that contribute to regional development.

     

Infrastructure projects milestones met.

- - Meets
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Department of Conservation in the Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2018/19
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Budget
$000
2020/21
Estimated
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           

Conservation-related projects through the Provincial Growth Fund

           
Regional Projects 2019/20 - 500 2,295 4,589 2,290
Infrastructure Projects 2019/20 - 500 2,305 4,610 2,300
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This is a new appropriation for 2019/20.

 

Last updated: 
Thursday, 30 May 2019