Change 5 (Kaituna River) notification notice

29 June 2021


The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has prepared Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) to the Regional Policy Statement (Proposed Change 5) now open for public submissions.

Proposed Change 5 seeks to fulfil Regional Council’s obligations under the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014 which requires it to recognise and provide for the vision, objectives and desired outcomes of Kaituna He Taonga Tuku Iho – A Treasure Handed Down (the Kaituna River Document) in the Regional Policy Statement. The proposed change includes issues, objectives, policies and methods specific to the Kaituna River and its tributaries.

All of Proposed Change 5 is subject to the freshwater planning process.

Proposed Change 5 and its section 32 evaluation report can be found on the Proposed Change 5 webpage and paper copies may be inspected between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday at Regional Council offices:

  • 5 Quay Street, Whakatāne
  • Corner Fenton and Pukaki streets, Rotorua
  • 1 Elizabeth Street, Tauranga

These documents can also be inspected at any public library or district/city council in the region.

Copies are also available by contacting Marie Radford, 0800 884 880 or email

Any person can make a submission

The closing date for submissions is 4pm on Tuesday, 10 August 2021.

The Resource Management Act 1991 specifies the format to be used for making a submission.

Submissions can be made on-line through the Proposed Change 5 webpage.

Alternatively a written submission can be sent to any of the following addresses for service:

  • Email to:
  • Fax to: 0800 884 882
  • Mail to: PO Box 364, Whakatane 3158

After the submission closing date, the Regional Council will publicly notify the availability of a summary of submissions and further submissions that support or oppose those submissions will be called for. Those who make submissions will have the opportunity to be heard.

Fiona McTavish
Chief Executive

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