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Written by Christian Bonnevie, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Conservation   
Thursday, 28 October 2010

...the new statement will replace the NZCPS 1994 and is more specific about how some matters of national importance under the RMA should be protected from inappropriate use and development.

A new national policy statement will give councils clearer direction on protecting and managing New Zealand’s coastal environment, including our top surf breaks, says Minister of Conservation Kate Wilkinson.

“The Government made a commitment to deliver more national guidance on implementation of the Resource Management Act,” Ms Wilkinson says.

“The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) 2010 that I’m recommending does that.”

The NZCPS sets out policies on coastal issues including protection of outstanding natural features and landscapes, planning for subdivision, use, and development, protection of biodiversity and water quality, and management of coastal hazard risks.

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Why is there no policy on protecting dunes of national significance?

The policy recommended by the Board will be explored further. Landowners and other affected parties had not been able to comment on this proposal, so it is intended they will be provided the opportunity to do so before any decision is made.

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