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Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management - Proposed Plan Change 10

Further submissions on Submission 92 close Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management - Proposed Plan Change 10 to the Bay of Plenty Regional Water and Land Plan was publicly notified on 29 February 2016. Council received 91 submissions. The summary of submissions was released on 4 July 2016 and 17 further submissions were accepted up to and including 1 August 2016.

Since this time a late submission has been received by Bay of Plenty Regional Council to correct three errors. The first two changes correct typo errors, so no change to what the rules mean. The last change has come after legal advice to ensure a rule cannot be misinterpreted

Why the late submission?

We wanted to ensure:

  • transparency around any changes being made, no matter how insignificant those changes were
  • that the process to finalise these rules would not require the timeframe to be extended.

What does the submission seek to correct?

  What is the change being sought? Why?
Change 1 including the notified date of Plan Change 10 within Rules LR R4, LR R5 and LR R6. The date was omitted from these 3 rules in the final edition, so this is to enable the date to be added back in.
Change 2

an incorrect reference where LR R7(a), LR R8(a), LR R9b)  should be LR R8(a), LR R9(a), LR R10(b) within Schedule LR5 A6. 

The wrong numbers were used so this is to correct them.
Change 3

Rule LRR7 where inconsistencies with other permitted activities within the plan change did not prevent an increase in effective area.

This new submission seeks to add a condition to this rule to (a) make it consistent with the other rules in this plan change and (b) to prevent a potential loophole, where land that is currently in forestry could be converted to sheep and beef farming which would increase the Nitrogen discharge.

Next steps

Accepting this late submission covering these matters will maintain the integrity of the Plan Change and the Integrated Framework for protecting Lake Rotorua water quality. Further submissions relating only to Submission 92 will be accepted from Tuesday, 30 August 2016 for a period of 15 working days, i.e. up to and including Tuesday, 20 September 2016. Further submissions received on the summary of submissions released July 2016 will not be accepted as part of this process

Certain persons can make a further submission on submission 92:

  • Any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest.
  • Any person that has an interest in the proposed plan change greater than the interest of the general public.

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View Summary of Decisions Requested by Submission 92 (August 2016)

 View submissions received for Proposed Plan Change 10

View Proposed Plan Change 10

To obtain copies of these documents, please contact Sue Simpson, Planning Coordinator, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, PO Box 364 Whakatane by phone toll-free on 0800 884 880 or email

What is Proposed Plan Change 10?

Proposed Plan Change 10 change introduces rules to limit the amount of nitrogen entering Lake Rotorua from land use. The proposed rules set out how Nitrogen Discharge Allowances will be allocated to individual rural properties. The rules are likely to affect rural properties in the Lake Rotorua groundwater catchment (12MB)

The rules have been developed in consultation with members of the Rotorua community. For more information about how the rules may affect you please phone the dedicated phone line 07 921 3377.

The proposed plan change is part of an integrated programme aimed at improving the quality of the water in Lake Rotorua. To find out more about the integrated framework visit the Rotorua Te Arawa Lakes Programme webpage

Technical Documents

For the Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management Rules, three documents are being incorporated by reference. These relate specifically to Schedule 5 and 6. The documents are: 

  1. Methodology for creation of NDA reference files and stocking rate table (Perrin Ag for the Bay of Plenty Regional Council).
  2. Code of Practice for Nutrient Management (Fertiliser Association); and
  3. Spreadmark Code of Practice (New Zealand Fertiliser Quality Council).

In accordance with Clause 34 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) these technical documents were publicly notified for comment on 16 December 2015. Comments closed on 29 January 2016.

Document 1 is the technical input data that is used to create the reference files that are used to describe the Nitrogen Discharge Allowances for properties/farming enterprises within the rules. There is one reference file for dairy and one for drystock. 

The farm systems are designed to be simple and realistic, whilst also meeting the average allocation NDA (as an OVERSEER® output) for each sector. The geo-physical properties used for the hypothetical farms are representative of the catchment.

Documents 2 and 3 are part of establishing best practice around fertiliser management within Nitrogen Management Plans. These are nationally recognised guidance documents, created and maintained by the organisations noted above.

Key Contact

For more information on Proposed Plan Change 10 please contact:

Rebecca Burton, Senior Planner (Water Policy) at