A quick update on the Aoraki Mt Cook proposed National Park Management Plan (NPMP).
Submissions closed 4th Feb but soon after that DoC announced that the whole plan is on hold due to a court challenge by Ngai Tahu. I believe the case concerned DoC's ability to issue concessions which would go to the core of the most contentious issues in the proposed Aoraki NPMP given they want to significantly increase helicopter landings - up to 200 per day in one area alone (70,000 per year). There was almost universal opposition to the plan from F&B, Alpine clubs, trampers and hunters. DoC get a fee for every landing but I'm sure that wouldn't influence their proposals :)