The Department of Conservation is investigating whether
Contact Energy land along the Clutha River could be owned in
Botanists have identified more than 100ha of land with rare
and endangered plant species. The government-funded Nature
Heritage Fund is negotiating with Contact to buy the land on
The company on Monday rejected a call by a group led by
Emeritus Prof Alan Mark to gift the land to Doc.
The possibility of a partnership was raised in an email
exchange between Sir Alan and Doc director-general Lou
Mr Sanson asked one of his staff to look at the issue ''from
a partnership perspective''. Until his staff had completed
their work, he was not in a position to comment, he said.
Sir Alan yesterday provided more information on the land.
''Almost all of the areas support some threatened or at-risk
plant species. Some of the areas are of glacial outwash
landforms which are classified nationally as naturally
uncommon ecosystem types.''
There were also some small wetland areas considered to have