1.         Tongariro National Park (New Zealand) (C/N 421bis)

Year of inscription on the World Heritage List  1990

Criteria  (vi)(vii)(viii)

Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger  N/A

Previous Committee Decisions  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/421/documents/

International Assistance

Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved: USD 0
For details, see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/421/assistance/

UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds

N/A

Previous monitoring missions

N/A

Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports

Illustrative material  see page https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/421/

Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1995

The site was inscribed under natural criteria on the World Heritage List in 1990 and as a cultural landscape in 1993. In May 1995 the Centre received information from the local Maori community about the random dropping of 1080 poison on Mount Tongariro to combat the possum browse which threatens indigenous flora. The Centre contacted the New Zealand authorities and received an answer from the Department of Conservation indicating that the possum population had increased since its introduction to New Zealand and that its growing population is a matter of grave concern. From a Maori perspective, however, the notion of controlling the opossum population is an alien one to their culture. The Department held consultations with the community, which agreed to a time-limited operation, which would not contaminate waterways and which would not threaten the community.

Analysis and Conclusions of the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies

The Bureau may wish to take note of this report, commending the national authorities for their consultations with the Maori community.

Decision Adopted: 19 COM VII.A.2.18/19

VII.18 Tongariro National Park (New Zealand)

The Committee recalled that the site was inscribed under natural criteria on the World Heritage List in 1990 and as a cultural landscape in 1993. The Centre informed the Committee that it received information from a member of the local Maori community about the dropping of 1080 poison on Mount Tongariro to-combat the possum browse which threatens indigenous flora, and that the Department of Conservation had held consultations with the community, which agreed to a time-limited operation, which would not contaminate waterways. The Committee took note of the report.