Toitu he whenua, whatungarongaro he tangata
Land is permanent, man disappears
Natural resources of land in the Bay of Plenty contribute
significantly to our economic, social, cultural and environmental
wellbeing. They underpin our important agricultural and
horticultural industries and provide for recreation, tourism,
biodiversity conservation and regional identity. Degradation of
these resources can have adverse effects on our iconic lakes,
estuaries and coastline.
Read about land use and land cover
statistics in the Bay of Plenty.
While landowners are responsible for land management on their
property, Bay of Plenty Regional Council has statutory functions
under the Resource Management Act that include controlling the
effects of land use on soil conservation and water
quality. Council staff advise landowners and
communities on sustainable land management,
biodiversity protection and pest animal and pest
plant control. We also carry out research and
monitoring and collect information that can be used to inform good
management is required to maintain healthy soil,
water and biodiversity for the
longterm. The two components of this are appropriate land use
(such as dairying, forestry, horticulture or dry stock
etc) and best management practice (eg excluding stock from
waterways, optimum stocking rates, winter feeding regime,
cultivation methods and timing, and siting of forestry
Appropriate land use is matched to land type and can
be guided by Land Use Capability classes derived from
the Land Resource
factsheets explain current knowledge about best management
practice for a range of topics.
Land management officers can provide further advice and grants
may be available through riparian management plans and
Biodiversity is short for "biological diversity" - the number
and variety of living things (animals, plants, insects,
micro-organisms) found within a particular area and the complex
relationships between them.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a voluntary biodiversity programme that
helps landowners and community groups protect and enhance valuable
sites of native biodiversity. The programme includes technical
advice and support, and financial support through grants ranging
from 25 percent to 75 percent of the total cost, depending on
the nature of the site and the type of work required.
Forestry can be
an appropriate and profitable land use with multiple benefits.
Bay of Plenty
Regional Council staff are able to advise on forestry
establishment. Grants may be available for changing land use
from grazing to forestry under the Sustainable Land Use
Forestry Operators approved by the Bay of Plenty Regional
Find out soil information for particular areas
in the Bay of Plenty.
The nutrient management
page provides information on the movement of nutrients
within nutrient cycles, the things that affect the movement of
nutrients within a catchment and ways to manage nutrients in a
Pest animals and plants
Many of the region's natural and physical resources can be
adversely affected by pest animals such as feral goats, stoats
and rats. These pests impact on households and farming
activities, browse their way through our native forests and feed on
our native birds. Find out more about pest animals and what you can do the
reduce their impacts.
Pest plants (weeds) are plant species that have been
introduced from overseas, and have adapted to live in the wild.
They can cause considerable damage to the natural environment,
farmland and gardens. You can find detailed information about many
of these plants, how to identify them and how to control them on
parks provide opportunities for recreational activities,
education, environmental restoration and culture and heritage
protection. The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has two Regional
Parks open to the public.
The 2012 Regional Parks Asset Management Plan
provides a document for the management of the two parks.
Guidelines for resource
Guidelines have been produced
for a range of activities relating to resource use in
the Bay of Plenty region. These include erosion and
sediment guidelines for land
disturbing activities (relevant to subdivisions, quarries,
road building, streamworks) and for forest
Regional plans and
We have a number of regional plans addressing
our functions under the Resource Management Act. The Regional Water and Land
Plan sets out policies, methods and rules to
promote the sustainable and integrated management of land and water
resources of the region. A user
guide has been developed to cover some of the rules and
requirements for farming activities. There is also a guide
for horticultural activities.
You may need Resource Consent to
carry out some activities on land.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council has a role in controlling
the disposal of waste in the region.
Read more about this under Pollution Prevention
Read about domestic wastewater