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Have Your Say Korero Mai

We can all play a part in our region's success. We're keen to learn about what's important to you. Have your say on proposals that are open for public input or consultation.

Open for public input


What's it about?



Draft Plan Change 14 (On-Site Effluent Treatment – OSET) to the Regional Natural Resources Plan

Policies and rules to manage the safe treatment and disposal of domestic wastewater. The plan change covers septic tanks, greywater, composting toilets and aerated wastewater systems. It does not affect dairy shed discharges, or municipal sewerage discharges.

Draft document available for public comment from 31 July 2018.

Comment period closes 26 October 2018.


Proposed Plan Change 17
(Awatarariki Fanhead) to the Regional Natural Resources Plan

This change, requested by Whakatāne District Council, proposes a rule to extinguish existing residential rights in the high risk debris flow fanhead area of Awatarariki at Matata.

Publicly notified 19 June 2018.

Submissions close at 4pm on 17 September 2018.


Proposed Plan Change 13 (Air Quality) to the Regional Natural Resources Plan

The Regional Air Plan provides for the control of discharges of contaminants into air for the Bay of Plenty region. Proposed Plan Change 13 will replace the current Regional Air Plan.

Public notification of Summary of Decisions Requested 17 July 2018. Open for Further Submissions.  Further submission period closes 4 pm 31 July 2018. Proposed


What's happened with previous consultations?


What's it about?



Proposed Change 4 (Tauriko West Urban Limit) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement

The proposed change seeks to amend the urban limit line to enable the delivery of urban development at Tauriko West. The proposed change has been prepared in accordance with direction from the Minister for the Environment using a Streamlined Planning Process. The Minister’s Direction was gazetted on 28 February 2018.

Submissions closed Wednesday 4 July 2018.

Hearing 6 August 2018.



Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho – a treasure gifted to us is the proposed Kaituna River Document


The Kaituna River Document is a co-governance document prepared by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority, which is the co-governance entity of iwi and councils.  The document’s purpose is to restore, protect and enhance the Kaituna River and its tributaries.  Once approved, it will shape the river’s future well-being and influence regional and district planning documents. 

Hearings were held on 11 and 15 August 2017. The Hearing Panel are considering submissions and working on their decisions.



The final document will be released mid 2018.

Click here for more information 


Proposed Plan Change 9 to the Regional Water and Land Plan


Is looking to improve how we manage the allocation of water in the region and ensure it is being used efficiently.


Deliberations are now underway and it is anticipated that the independent hearings panel recommendations will be presented to Councillors on 9 August 2018.

Forty submitters were heard at the hearings which were held from 14 to 16 March 2018.