This website explores the issue of user pays for recreatoin on public conservation land in New Zealand. 

Recreation activities on public conservation land play a critical role in the social and economic well-being of New Zealand.  Increasing funding pressures and expectations regarding the quality and quantity of facilities provided means that alternative sources of funding should be examined.

Source: www.doc.govt.nz

Cost recovery through user pays is one option.  A variety of user pays systems are used in Australia, Canada and America.  Comparative institutional analysis is used to synthesise these.  A simple consideration of cost and benefit is used to establish the merit of wider implementation of user pays in New Zealand.  General concerns around social inequity and privatisation of public goods through user pays appear unfounded based on the experiences of these countries.

It is recommended that wider use of user pays is pursued in New Zealand through increasing public understanding and support for it and enacting a legislation change to allow charging for access to public conservation land.  Investment in economic valuation of the social benefits (and costs) of recreation is encouraged.


Comments and queries are welcome on the website or direct to the author, Simon Mills, via email – smil088@aucklanduni.ac.nz

This work has been undertaken as part of Policy 701 – Policy Analysis and Evaluation at the University of Auckland – http://www.arts.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/public-policy
The report, website and the analysis contained within them are presented in an individual capacity, not representing any organisation or group.