Charting DOC expenditure

Lately there’s been much discussion about New Zealand’s Department of Conservation not being well enough resourced to manage the rapidly increasing number of international tourists interested in parts of the conservation estate. Most recently, Stuff reports on concerns being expressed by Conservation Boards about a looming crisis “with tourists placing increased pressure on already stretched resources”.

I might write more about it soon, but meanwhile here’s some data I’ve compiled from the last 13 years of DOC Annual Reports. It shows the division between recreation spending, natural heritage spending, and everything else. The combined total each year is funded from a combination of Crown Revenue (provided directly by the government) and Other Revenue.

DOC Expenditure Chart


The numbers behind the chart, taken from DOC’s Annual Reports from 2002 onwards, are below. More detail can be obtained by consulting those reports. Prior to 2002 DOC described its allocations differently, so that’s where I stopped. Recreation expenses jump majorly in 2003, because that was the year when the government announced an injection of $349 million over 10 years for retaining recreational opportunities.

Year Ending (June)
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
$000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000 $000
Recreational Opportunities 49015 93504 94148 103163 109087 111014 119200 121048 123325 131716 139454 137950 144169 137428
Natural Heritage 90482 97859 106525 112144 121459 135641 143695 158690 153736 154753 154775 154354 162995 161241
Other 34820 34017 40454 31001 38283 33492 32034 32733 35830 32352 38456 43564 39673 60052
Total Revenue 174317 225380 241127 246308 268829 280147 294929 312471 312891 318821 332685 335868 346837 358721

Enjoy.

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