Mount Aspiring National Park and two other South Island
national parks have had 1250ha added to them.
Conservation Minister Nick Smith announced yesterday Mount
Aspiring National Park was being expanded by 657ha, with the
addition of 68ha at the confluence of the Landsborough and
Haast Rivers, 527ha of river flats at the Clarke,
Landsborough and Haast Rivers and 62ha at Dancing Creek.
Dr Smith said the Dancing Creek area next to the Haast
Highway was particularly important from a scenic and tourism
Paparoa National Park had 214ha added just south of Inangahua
Junction, on the highway between Reefton and Murchison.
Westland Tai Poutini National Park had 378ha added just south
of the Waiho River, close to Waiho Beach.
''These rich forests and river flats are valuable additions
to these three national parks,'' Dr Smith said.
''The areas were previously privately owned but were
strategically acquired by the Government's Nature Heritage
Fund specifically because of their high conservation values
and the value they added to the national parks.''
The additions were ''strongly supported'' by the West Coast
and Otago Conservation Boards, the New Zealand Conservation
Authority and both local iwi, Te Runanga o Ngai Waewae and Te
Runanga o Makaawhio.
The additions were made by order in council under Section 7
of the National Parks Act 1980 and take effect on September