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Change 1 (Coastal Policy)

Change 1 (Coastal Policy) was made operative and incorporated into the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) on 20 October 2015.

Change 1 (Coastal Policy) was notified as Proposed Variation 1 to the RPS in May 2012. The natural character maps and attributes for Motiti coastal waters and Okurei Point (Maketu) were still subject to appeal at the time the second generation RPS became operative. Change 1 includes maps identifying the coastal environment and areas with high natural character to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010 (NZCPS).

Decisions on Variation 1 were adopted by Council on 14 March 2013 with ten appeals to the Environment Court. An Environment Court decision dated 9 June 2014 granted an omnibus consent order resolving most appeals. Two remaining appeals by Ngati Makino Heritage Trust and Motiti Rohe Moana Trust were resolved by Environment Court decisions and consent orders dated 14 November 2014 and 26 April 2015.

Copies of consent orders and Environment Court decisions can be found on the Consent Orders and Environment Court Decisions page.

The following documents relating to Change 1/Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) are available:

Document Size Type
Proposed Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) Council Decisions on Submissions report
(Version 8.0)
881KB pdf
Proposed Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) Track Changes (Version 8.0b) 1.75MB pdf
Proposed Variation 1 (Coastal Policy) Clear Copy (Version 8.0c) 1.72MB pdf
Section 32(2)(a) Evaluation Report 207KB pdf

Natural Character Assessment of the Bay of Plenty Coastal Environment - March 2013
Part 1 - Contents and Executive Summary
Part 2 - Coastal Sector Evaluation
Part 3 - Appendices


Public Notice

65.5KB pdf

To obtain copies of these documents,contact Marie Radford, Planning Administration Officer, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, PO Box 364, Whakatane, phone toll-free on 0800 884 880, fax 0800 884 882, or email

Key Contacts

Change 1 (Coastal Policy) to the RPS: James Low (Senior Planner) extn 8325 or

Regional Coastal Environment Plan: Jo Noble (Senior Planner) extn 9471 or