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Managing our coast

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council works with several agencies to manage our coastal activities in the region.

What we do:

  • We have a Regional Coastal Environment Plan for the management of the use, development and protection of the Coastal Marine Area and the adjacent coastal environment.
  • We issue coastal resource consents for activities in the Coastal Marine Area (for example, for wharves, sea walls, dredging and discharges).
  • We control earthworks, burning and vegetation disturbance in the coastal environment.
  • We monitor coastal permits and the state of the coastal resources (excluding fisheries).
  • We manage navigation and safety in harbours and out to the 12 nautical mile limit.
  • We control oil pollution within coastal waters out to the 12 nautical mile limit.
  • We assist with the recognition of customary interests made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011.

Partner organisations

Find out about the other organisations that we collaborate with on managing the coastline.

The Department of Conservation is responsible for:

  • Protection of marine mammals, for example, whales, dolphins, seals.
  • Supervising whale and dolphin rescues, including care and disposal of sick or injured marine mammals.
  • Administering Crown-owned foreshore and seabed.
  • Protection of wildlife, such as insects, reptiles, birds.
  • Advocacy (providing a conservation perspective on regional policy and plans, and district plans) to the general public.
  • Managing and caring for marine reserves.

For more information, contact the Department of Conservation on 07 349 7400.

The Minister of Conservation is responsible for:

  • Approving the Regional Coastal Environment Plan and any changes to the Plan.
  • Monitoring the effect and implementation to the NZ Coastal Policy Statement.
  • Making directions on allocation of space for aquaculture in the coastal marine area.

For more information, contact the Department of Conservation on 07 349 7400.

MPI is responsible for:

  • Conserving and managing all marine and certain freshwater fisheries on a sustainable basis through:
    • Research programmes
    • Public education and consultation
    • Policing the Quota Management System as well as other gear and catch controls.
  • Establishing Taiapure (a locally controlled coastal management area of special significance to iwi) and Mataitai Reserves (traditional fishing grounds).
  • Implementing the Māori Commercial Aquaculture Claims Settlement Act 2004.
  • Assessing the effects of aquaculture proposals on fishing.
  • Biosecurity controls for vessels entering New Zealand - including the discharge of ballast water and biofouling.
  • Biosecurity controls on vessels and structures being moved between regions of New Zealand.

The Minister for Primary Industries can recommend regulations that change the way regional plans manage aquaculture.

For more visit the MPI website or contact 0800 00 83 33.

Maritime New Zealand implements the Maritime Transport Act especially in navigation, safety and oil pollution control. In the Bay of Plenty, Maritime New Zealand is responsible for:

  • The general control of vessels at sea, including survey standards.
  • Dealing with oil spills outside of 12 nautical mile limit or in Tier III operations.
  • The Ministry of Transport makes policy.

For more information contact:

Maritime New Zealand 0508 22 55 22, 04 473 0111.

The District Councils are responsible for:

  • Issuing consents for activities ABOVE the mean high water springs (land based activities outside the Coastal Marine Area).
  • Dog control and litter control to the mean low water mark.
  • Coastal reserves management.
  • Noise control in the Coastal Marine Area (in conjunction with Bay of Plenty Regional Council).
  • Use of vehicles and horses on beaches (down to the low water mark).

For more information contact:

The Office of Treaty Settlements is responsible for processing applications for recognition of customary rights made under the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011

For more information, contact the Manager of the Marine and Coastal Area Team on (04) 494 9769.

The Minister for Land Information is responsible for:

  • Deciding who can lease, own or occupy legally reclaimed land.

Land Information New Zealand is responsible for:

  • Maintaining a register of any recognised customary interests in the coastal marine area.
  • Processing applications for "deemed accommodated activities" in a customary marine title area.

For more information visit the LINZ website or contact (04) 460 0170.