The Operative Regional Plan for the Tarawera River Catchment
(Tarawera River Plan) covers the catchment of the Tarawera River
including all its sub-catchments, and Upper Tarawera Lakes and
their catchments, but excludes Lake Rerewhakaaitu and its
From November 2010 a compendium document Ngā Whakaaetanga-ā-Ture
ki Te Taiao ā Toi (Statutory Acknowledgements in the Bay of Plenty)
to the operative Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement and
regional plans is available. Check out the Statutory Acknowledgements
webpage for more information.
Download the Plan
Table of Contents (304KB, pdf)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (230KB, pdf)
Chapter 2 - Preparation of the Regional Plan for the Tarawera River
Catchment (110KB, pdf)
Chapter 3 - Statutory Framework (131KB, pdf)
Chapter 4 - Policy Framework (112KB, pdf)
Chapter 5 - Responsibilities (258KB, pdf)
Chapter 6 - Physical Decription of the Tarawera River Catchment
Chapter 7 - Community Attitudes and Perceptions (350KB,
Chapter 8 - Resource Management Issues of Significance to Iwi
Chapter 9 - Summary of Issues (116KB, pdf)
Chapter 10 - Public Access (116KB, pdf)
Chapter 11 - Land Use (487KB, pdf)
Chapter 12 - River and Lake Beds (171KB, pdf)
Chapter 13 - Freshwater Ecology (333KB, pdf)
Chapter 14 - Surface Water Quantity (172KB, pdf)
Chapter 15 - Surface Water Quality (613KB, pdf)
Chapter 16 - Groundwater Quality and Quantity (144KB, pdf)
Chapter 17 - Geothermal Resources (122KB, pdf)
Chapter 18 - Resource Consent Process (95KB, pdf)
Chapter 19 - Monitoring and Plan Review (131KB, pdf)
Chapter 20 - Summary of Rules (188KB, pdf)
Appendices (421KB, pdf)
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inclusive) and is available to view at Bay of Plenty Regional
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service centres throughout the Bay of Plenty.
The Tarawera River Plan was formed primarily to manage the
effects of the discharges of the large pulp and paper mills sited
near Kawerau township by managing water quantity and water quality
in the river catchment. The plan is designed to manage abstraction
from the Tarawera River and maintain water quality standards in the
Tarawera River and its tributaries and lakes.
When considering the need for a plan, the Regional Council
- Significant conflicts in terms of differences in attitude
between industry and community groups as to the level of protection
required for Tarawera River water quality.
- Significant community demand for the protection of the Tarawera
River by a reduction in the discharge of contaminants into the
- Significant concerns expressed by tangata whenua on the effects
of contaminant discharge to the river.
- The need expressed by community survey to actively restore the
deteriorated state of water quality in the lower Tarawera
The Tarawera River Plan is comprehensive and covers the
following issue topics:
- The Social and Economic Context: Details
issues relating social and economic wellbeing, and local attitudes
and perceptions towards the environment in the Tarawera River
- Resource Management Issues of Significance to
Iwi: Outlines the primary resource management issues
of concern or interest to tangata whenua iwi whose rohe is within
the regional plan area.
- Public Access: Outlines issues relating
to public access to and along water bodies in the catchment.
- Landuse: Details geology, soils, and
vegetative cover of the Tarawera River catchment and provides an
account of inappropriate land uses and land practices.
- River and Lake Beds: Deals with issues
relating to management of the beds of the catchment's river, lakes,
and wetlands, including issues relating to the location of
structures, sedimentation, and the reclaiming and draining of beds
of river, lakes, and wetlands.
- Freshwater Ecology: Details freshwater
ecology of the catchments water bodies, focusing especially on the
main stem of the Tarawera River.
- Surface Water Quantity: Outlines the
primary causes and effects of changing river flows and lake and
wetland levels in the catchment.
- Surface Water Quality: Details the
management of water quality in the Tarawera River catchment.
- Groundwater Quality, Quantity and Land
Disposal: Deals with both groundwater quality and
quantity, especially with regard to the Rangitaiki Plains, and the
disposal of contaminants to land.
- Geothermal Resources: Manages the
geothermal fields in the Tarawera River catchment.
The aims of the Tarawera River Plan are to ensure that:
- There is integrated management of the natural and physical
resources of the Tarawera River catchment.
- The high quality water in the Upper Tarawera River catchment is
maintained, and improved where appropriate.
- The water in the Lower Tarawera River achieves an enhanced
water quality, consistent with a river substantially unaffected by
- The community remains involved in the management process.
- There is a reduction in the discharge of contaminants into the
- The mauri of the Tarawera River is restored and the balance