6 Functions of Department

The functions of the Department are to administer this Act and the enactments specified in Schedule 1, and, subject to this Act and those enactments and to the directions (if any) of the Minister,—

(a)

to manage for conservation purposes, all land, and all other natural and historic resources, for the time being held under this Act, and all other land and natural and historic resources whose owner agrees with the Minister that they should be managed by the Department:

(ab)

to preserve so far as is practicable all indigenous freshwater fisheries, and protect recreational freshwater fisheries and freshwater fish habitats:

(b)

to advocate the conservation of natural and historic resources generally:

(c)

to promote the benefits to present and future generations of—

(i)

the conservation of natural and historic resources generally and the natural and historic resources of New Zealand in particular; and

(ii)

the conservation of the natural and historic resources of New Zealand’s sub-antarctic islands and, consistently with all relevant international agreements, of the Ross Dependency and Antarctica generally; and

(iii)

international co-operation on matters relating to conservation:

(d)

to prepare, provide, disseminate, promote, and publicise educational and promotional material relating to conservation:

(e)

to the extent that the use of any natural or historic resource for recreation or tourism is not inconsistent with its conservation, to foster the use of natural and historic resources for recreation, and to allow their use for tourism:

(f)

to advise the Minister on matters relating to any of those functions or to conservation generally:

(g)

every other function conferred on it by any other enactment.

Section 6(ab): inserted, on 10 April 1990, by section 4 of the Conservation Law Reform Act 1990 (1990 No 31).