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FAQs

What is the Kaituna River Document?

The Kaituna River Document is a statutory document.  Its purpose is to promote the restoration, protection and enhancement of the well-being of the Kaituna River and its tributaries.

The document contains eight objectives and 21 desired outcomes, which build on the collaborative direction and focussed work achieved by the Kaituna River and Ōngātoro/Maketū Estuary Strategy (2009).

The document

Why was a document created?

The Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014 is the empowering legislation that established Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority and provides for the preparation and approval of the Kaituna River Document. The document continues the journey started by the Kaituna River Strategy.

The Kaituna River Document brings together the connections, concerns and aspirations of the whole community in relation to the taonga (treasure) that is the Kaituna.  It provides a pathway for us all to work together to care for the awa (river) that has and will continue to be the lifeblood of many generations of local people.

Has the document been finalised?

Yes. Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority approved the document on 22 June 2018 and it took effect from 1 August 2018. 

How does the River document influence future planning?

Now the River Document is approved, the vision, objectives and desired outcomes in the document must be recognised and provided for when changing the Regional Policy Statement, as well as the regional and district plans under the Resource Management Act 1991.

Until this occurs, councils will have regard to the vision, objectives and desires outcomes when considering applications for resource consents within the Kaituna co-governance area (the extent of which is shown in the document and summary)

Councils must also take into account relevant parts of the document when making decisions under the Local Government Act 2002.

Influence of The Kaituna River Document

What area does the document influence?

If you live in the Kaituna River catchment, the Kaituna River Document will have an impact on you.

Co-governance map

What does it mean for me?

If you live in the Kaituna River catchment, the Kaituna River Document will have an impact on you.

The vision for the Kaituna River and its tributaries is:

E ora ana te mauri o te Kaituna, e tiakina ana hoki mō ngā whakatupuranga ō nāianei, ō muri nei hoki Which translated means  ‘The Kaituna River is in a healthy state andprotected for current and future generations.

Eight objectives and their 21 associated desired outcomes have been designed to make a positive difference to the well-being of the river and to focus local authorities, iwi and community groups’ efforts over the next 10 years to help care for land, water and wildlife in the catchment.

In the future, council planning documents will recognise and provide for the provisions of the river document, which could mean changing the way we do things to take better care of our river. Until this occurs, councils will have regard to the vision, objectives and desires outcomes when considering applications for resource consents within the Kaituna co-governance area (the extent of which is shown in the document and summary)

Councils must also take into account relevant parts of the document when making decisions under the Local Government Act 2002.

Will this have a future impact on the way I use my land?

The approved vision, objectives and desired outcomes for the Kaituna River Document, will in the future result in changes to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement and the Regional Natural Resources Plan and if relevant other regional/district plans. Any future changes to these policies and plans, which may directly affect the way you use your land, will follow a separate consultation process under the Resource Management Act 1991.

 If you are applying for resource consent for activities in the Kaituna catchment your application may need to demonstrate how you have had regard to the vision, and relevant objectives and desires outcomes of the Kaituna River Document.  See the resource consents team at the council you are making application to for advice on this matter.

What happened to the Kaituna River and  Ōngātoro /Maketū Estuary Strategy 2009?

In preparing and approving the first Kaituna River Document, we included content from the Strategy considered appropriate and consistent with the purpose of the river document. Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho – a treasure handed down replaces the Strategy and will build on the collaborative direction and work achieved for the next 10 years.