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A radical rethink of NZ’s largest farm is on the table
You can read the full article on stuff.co.nz: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/100273444/time-to-take-stock-of-nzs-largest-farm
The Department of Conservation (DOC) is open to a radical rethink of the historic Molesworth Station, the rolling high-country farm linking Marlborough to North Canterbury.
DOC community ranger Chris Wootton said a new online survey would collect and gauge public opinion, although calls for sealed roads, tour buses and airstrips weren’t likely to fly.
“It’s a fascinating time; we’re looking at everything and we want as wide a range of people as possible across New Zealand to take part,” Wootton said.
Public access to Molesworth was managed to balance recreation, farming needs, fire risk and public safety. Access was only available to the public within certain areas and on specific times of the year.
“The lease is due to expire and whether it gets renewed in its current form or something completely different is still to be decided.
“There is no kind of bias on DOC’s part at all. If people want to open it [the reserve] up completely or shut it down, we’ll look at everyone’s views,” Wootton said.