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Community Groups

Community input to the future of water in your area

We’re refining how we manage water use to meet community needs while preserving this precious resource. This will help us implement the Government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management and our new Regional Policy Statement. This work includes setting allocation limits, managing over-allocation and ensuring water is used efficiently.

We’ve set up community groups in water management areas in Rangitāiki, Kaituna/Maketū and Pongakawa/Waitahanui catchments to help us make some important decisions about water in these areas.

The groups will help:

  • Identify local community values for freshwater
  • Set local limits for water quality and quantity
  • Develop solutions for managing water in their catchment.

The community groups will help translate community values into freshwater objectives. The results of their work will be shared with the wider public for input and submissions before new objectives, limits and methods (including rules) are formally adopted as changes to the Regional Water and Land Plan.

Similar work will roll out in other Bay of Plenty catchments from 2018.

The Groups include representives from the following communities/areas:

Kaituna/Maketu Pongakawa/Waitahanui Rangitaiki

Pāpāmoa East
Te Puke
Ōkere Falls
Mangorewa River Catchment

Little Waihī

Te Teko
Te Māhoe/Waiōhau
Whirinaki (Minginui, Te Whaiti, Ngāputahi)
Rangitāiki at SH

We sought expressions of interest from people who have a close relationship with and understand the water sources in their areas.

We were looking for representatives of:

  • Maori values and relationships with water and its use
  • Industry (including farmers, foresters and horticulturalists)
  • Business organisations
  • Local interest groups, including environmental groups
  • Residents, including food gatherers, young people and people who use water for recreation.

Community group representatives need to be able to explain their views clearly, as well as listen to others and consider a range of information and viewpoints. You need to know the local conditions and local community well, and be familiar with water issues in order to assess the trade-offs required to set water quantity and quality limits.

They'll meet regularly for an estimated period of two years, and may be asked to do some work out of meetings, such as talking to your communities and groups and reading background material.

View the following documents/ links for more information

Kaituna/Maketu and Pongakawa/Waitahanui Community Groups Terms of Reference   doc, 640KB
Rangitaiki Community Group Terms of Reference  doc, 170KB
Selection Criteria for Community Group  doc, 170KB
Community Group Reports and Presentation  
Frequently Asked Questions