The concession fees go to the Abel Tasman Foreshore Scenic Reserve Fund which funds things like the wasp control and the maintenance of the Park’s infrastructure. Visitors who stay in the Park overnight also pay camp fees to DOC.
Since their formation in 1987, DOC has been responsible for frontline conservation efforts. However, DOC recently underwent a massive restructure and change to its primary focus. What this means is that the onus of responsibility for conservation is being shifted onto communities and the business world, with DOC acting as the facilitator. The idea is to create cohesion in and between communities and businesses, enhancing our sense of ownership of our conservation land.
These ‘conservation partnerships’ have been in effect for years but their presence is now essential to conservation in New Zealand. This ranges from companies sponsoring their own initiatives to large groups such as NZ Forest and Bird, to local community groups like Friends of Flora. DOC are extending these partnerships and creating new ones, creating channels for volunteers to be active in conservation efforts.