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QUESTIONS FOR DOC regarding Cathedral Cove

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Re Doc’s media release, December 19

·         DOC is reiterating  that they are  happy to take for publication questions and make staff available for interviews.  How recently was this offer made?

·         What other stakeholders has DOC been working with?

·         Has any research been done to see what draws walkers to Cathedral Cove.  Would they still come if not allowed to descend to a point where they can look through the “cathedral”.  Expansive views of the coast are already available from several sites such as Shakespeare’s Bluff and Grange Road public conservation land.  (Is the CC track not also on public conservation land?)

·         Will the new emphasis on experiencing cultural heritage compensate potential visitors who will no longer be able to experience the world famous, unique Cathedral landform.

·         It’s stated that other tracks have been improved. How heavily have these tracks been used in the past compared to the Cathedral Cove track?

·         What training and experience do the Tiaki rangers have?  What remuneration will they receive?  From the DOC budget?

·         A 365 day a year commitment would need to be made to ensure the tourism experience remains flexible and easily accessed.

·         Joe Davis is quoted as saying that Ngati Hei are wanting to share stories of their whenua and taonga sites.  Could this not be done as an additional option to the walk?

·         That marine based options to access the Cove are still available is puzzling given that DOC has stated that “expert advice received says the site presents risk of serious injury or death to those who visit”.

·         Request a copy of the Tonkin & Taylor report in full.

·         Joe Davis says the iwi is in total support of DOC’s strategy.  What is DOC’s strategy?

Further matter requiring attention:

Perhaps you could also question the track around the Te Pare pa which we believe was formed without appropriate consents.  Signage was commissioned from a local sign writer using DOC colours and design.  Were the track and sign approved by DOC?  It has now been removed and we are told that it was discovered that the track was dangerously close to a bluff.

Can The Informer be supplied with information about this.

Helen Vivian

Wharakaho

Re Doc’s media release, December 19

·         DOC is reiterating  that they are  happy to take for publication questions and make staff available for interviews.  How recently was this offer made?

·         What other stakeholders has DOC been working with?

·         Has any research been done to see what draws walkers to Cathedral Cove.  Would they still come if not allowed to descend to a point where they can look through the “cathedral”.  Expansive views of the coast are already available from several sites such as Shakespeare’s Bluff and Grange Road public conservation land.  (Is the CC track not also on public conservation land?)

·         Will the new emphasis on experiencing cultural heritage compensate potential visitors who will no longer be able to experience the world famous, unique Cathedral landform.

·         It’s stated that other tracks have been improved. How heavily have these tracks been used in the past compared to the Cathedral Cove track?

·         What training and experience do the Tiaki rangers have?  What remuneration will they receive?  From the DOC budget?

·         A 365 day a year commitment would need to be made to ensure the tourism experience remains flexible and easily accessed.

·         Joe Davis is quoted as saying that Ngati Hei are wanting to share stories of their whenua and taonga sites.  Could this not be done as an additional option to the walk?

·         That marine based options to access the Cove are still available is puzzling given that DOC has stated that “expert advice received says the site presents risk of serious injury or death to those who visit”.

·         Request a copy of the Tonkin & Taylor report in full.

·         Joe Davis says the iwi is in total support of DOC’s strategy.  What is DOC’s strategy?

Further matter requiring attention:

Perhaps you could also question the track around the Te Pare pa which we believe was formed without appropriate consents.  Signage was commissioned from a local sign writer using DOC colours and design.  Were the track and sign approved by DOC?  It has now been removed and we are told that it was discovered that the track was dangerously close to a bluff.

Can The Informer be supplied with information about this.

Helen Vivian

Wharakaho


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