18 Discretionary actions

(1)

Before taking any action described in subsection (3), the Commissioner must consult the Director-General of Conservation.

(2)

In taking any action described in subsection (3), the Commissioner must take into account—

(a)

the desirability of protecting the inherent values of the land concerned (other than attributes and characteristics of a recreational value only), and in particular the inherent values of indigenous plants and animals, and natural ecosystems and landscapes; and

(b)

the desirability of making it easier to use the land concerned for farming purposes.

(3)

The actions are—

(a)

determining whether to act under section 60(1), section 66A(1), or section 100 of the Land Act 1948 in relation to any pastoral land; and

(b)

exercising any discretion under section 66A of that Act, or section 15 or section 16 of this Act, in relation to any pastoral land; and

(c)

considering whether to grant, vary, or revoke an exemption from any stock limitation.