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Appeals to the Proposed Regional Coastal Environment Plan

last updated 16 May 2017

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Status of Appeals

Twenty two consent orders have been made by the Environment Court. An additional consent order remains in a draft form pending the outcome of Environment Court hearings. In total, 98 of the 150 points of appeal raised by appellants have been resolved.

Outstanding appeal topics:

  • Topic 4 - Natural Heritage (ENV-2015-348-000036) High Court judgement 12 December 2017 upheld appeal in part and referred the matter back to the Environment Court.
  • Topic 5 - Matakana Island (ENV-2015-348-000038) Interim Environment Court decision 7 September 2017
  • Topic 7 - Iwi Resource Management (ENV-2015-348-000041 and ENV-2016-348-000040) - interim Environment Court decision received May 2017. Parties following the Court's directions.
  • Topic 12 - Providing for tangata whenua aspirations / Marine Spatial Planning (ENV-2016-348-000040) - interim Environment Court decision received 11 May 2018

An amended version of the Proposed RCEP text which incorporates the consent orders, agreements and minor amendments is available below:

High Court Decision

Environment Court Decisions

The following decisions have been made by the Environment Court following an Environment Court hearing:

Consent Orders Issued

The following points of appeal have been resolved by way of consent order. Another consent order has been drafted but will not be granted until the rest of the natural heritage provisions are finalised:  

Planning maps updated as a result of resolved appeals

Map 02b - Athenree/Bowentown Heads (609KB, pdf)
Map 02c - Athenree/Bowentown Heads (559KB, pdf)
Map 10a - Te Puna (702KB, pdf)
Map 11b - Tauranga/Mount Maunganui (871KB, pdf)
Map 15b - Papamoa Beach (477KB, pdf)
Map 16a - Maketu/Pukehina (371KB, pdf)
Map 16b - Maketu/Pukehina (445KB, pdf)
Map 17a - Pukehina (459KB, pdf)
Map 17b - Pukehina (482KB, pdf)
Map 18a - Otamarakau/Pikowai (514KB, pdf)
Map 24b - Whakatane/Ohope (815KB, pdf)
Map 27b - Waiotahi (662KB, pdf)
Map 28c - Opotiki (560KB, pdf)
Map 48 - Harbour Development Zone - Opotiki (697KB, pdf)
Map 49 - Harbour Development Zone - Bowentown (590KB, pdf)

Appeals to the Proposed Regional Policy Statement

Sixteen appeals were lodged with the Environment Court against Council's decisions.

  • ENV-2015-AKL-000120 Paul Francis
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000126 Kelvyn Youngman
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000127 Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000128 Transpower New Zealand
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000129 Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of NZ Inc
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000130 Carrus Corporation Limited
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000131 Ford Land Holdings Pty Ltd
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000132 Te Tumu Kaituna 14 Trust
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000133 Te Tumu Landowners Group
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000134 Motiti Rohe Moana Trust
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000135 Opotiki District Council
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000136 Tauranga Bridge Marina Limited
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000139 Te Runanga o Ngati Awa
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000140 Ngati Makino Heritage Trust
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000141 Ngati Ranginui Iwi Incorporated Society
  • ENV-2015-AKL-000142 Mangrove Protection Society

The following document lists the provisions which are subject to appeal:

The appeals are being dealt with by the Environment Court, which has grouped the appeals into 12 topics :

Topic 1 – Application of the plan (ENV-2015-348-000026, 27, 28)
Topic 2 - Urban Growth Management and Infrastructure (ENV-2015-348-000029, 30, 31)
Topic 3 – Recreation, Public Access and Open Space (ENV-2015-348-000032, 33, 34, 35)
Topic 4 – Natural Heritage (ENV-2015-348-000036)
Topic 5 – Mapping and assessment of biodiversity and ONFLs (ENV-2015-348-000037, 38, 39)
Topic 6 – Mangrove Management (ENV-2015-348-000040)
Topic 7 - Iwi Resource Management (ENV-2015-348-000041 and ENV-206-348-000040)
Topic 8 - Activities in the CMA (ENV-2015-348-000042, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49 and 50)
Topic 9 - HDZ and Port Zone (ENV-2015-348-000051, 52 and 53)
Topic 10 – Miscellaneous – definitions etc (ENV-2015-348-000054, 55, 56 and 57)
Topic 11 - Notification Requirements (ENV-2015-348-000045)
Topic 12 - Planning, Use and Development in the Coastal Environment - Providing for tangata whenua aspirations (ENV-206-348-000040)

Ten of the appeals (in italics above) have been resolved through Court-assisted mediation. This page will be updated with the Consent Orders and Environment Court decisions as they are released.

The Environment Court Hearing Manager for the appeals is:

Vasa Betty Vaiusu
Level 2 | 41 Federal Street | PO Box 7147 Wellesley St | CX10086 | Auckland
DDI: +64 9 916 9284 | Ext 59284