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Land added to Kahurangi National Park

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 22/07/2016

Kahurangi National Park in the northwest of the South Island has just become even larger.

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry says five parcels of land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the national park.

Some of the blocks of land have been purchased by the Crown through its Nature Heritage Fund to connect more of the park with the sea.

The new national park land includes an area in the Cobb Valley and land west of Mt Burnett that had been surrounded by the park.

A 204ha forest area by the Westhaven Inlet-Te Tai Tapu Marine Reserve was generously sold to the Crown in 2005 by its owner Murray Gavin, Ms Barry said.

"The coastal forest at Westhaven has magnificent mature northern rata and rimu trees which are hundreds of years old," she said.

Mr Gavin, who is a leader in local conservation groups, originally bought the land in order to protect it from clearance in 1987.

Ms Barry said adding park land was a fitting recognition of his work.

Kahurangi National Park was first gazetted in 1996 and is the second-largest of New Zealand's fourteen national parks.

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