August 30, 2017
DOC denies boosting visitor numbers to Kapiti
The Department of Conservation is denying claims it is boosting the number of visitors to Kapiti Island.
The department manages access to the sanctuary in partnership with iwi and Maori owners.
Partnerships manager Rob Stone says the claim in a Victoria University media release the number of visitor permits would triple from 10,000 to 30,000 a year was wrong.
He says the daily limit for visitors went from 80 to 160 three years ago, but because of factors like weather that number would never be reached, and fewer than 10,000 people a year make the trip.
Money was spent rebuilding the visitor shelter and replacing toilets and adding new facilities such as a new track, and the department is working with Kapiti Coast District Council and iwi on ways to tell the story of Kapiti Island better on the mainland.
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