When management of the Ureweras was handed over to Tuhoe there were many who said Tuhoe would restrict access…they were shouted down.
As predicted it has come to pass.
We have now seen the establishment of apartheid controls in our National Parks.
Hunters with Department of Conservation-issued permits have been kicked out of the Urewera Ranges as Tuhoe flexes its muscles after regaining control of the national park.
Hunting in Te Urewera has been suspended indefinitely and all DOC permits to hunt or run pig dogs in the area are now void.
The dramatic changes come on the heels of Te Urewera Act in which Te Urewera’s status as a national park was rescinded and management ceded to the new Te Urewera Board, a joint Crown-Tuhoe partnership.
DOC communications and engagement adviser Robyn Orchard said permits to hunt in Te Urewera were no longer available.
“We’re not issuing permits. DOC hunting permits are not being recognised by the board. That’s all I can say.”
The changes were confirmed by Tuhoe spokesperson Herehere Titoko.
“Permits previously issued by DOC are no longer valid.”
Waikato Deerstalkers Association president Pete Evans said he was unaware DOC permits were no longer valid until contacted by the Waikato Times.¬† Read more »