DoC are running a hunter consultation on the next WARO permits which could run for 10 years unless rec hunters succeed in reducing the term to just 2 or 3 years to allow for a full comprehensive review and hopefully a new less confrontational system.
They have tried to limit it to just some clubs, the timeframe has been very short, information incorrect, meetings very short notice. Essentially it is best described as a farce. No where near enough time has been allowed, it does not meet DoC's own consultation guidelines and the WARO guys are bleating as well.
They have also proposed keeping open to WARO a number of the areas (including the Tararua and Remutaka FP's ) we took them successfully to court over. There have been no justifications put forward for any proposed openings and when asked DoC had none. It is management by ignorance and open everything dogma and its just plain wrong.
Around 4 hours after the north Island close off DoC announced they had extended the close off by 2 more weeks until 16th July 2018. There is still a chance for rec hunters whether in clubs or unaffiliated to be involved.
The more submissions the better. The time extension given after the original close-off is almost certainly so as the WARO guys can make a better case, we need to counter that and have the interest in the issue drive DoC to reinstate the comprehensive WARO review we and the court were promised but they reneged on.
We have put together some pick n mix type template submissions for guys to consider using as an easy way of doing a submission.The templates via the links here are not that brief but guys can cut them down.
Deadline is 16th July, submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org