Change 3 became operative on 9 October 2018 and has been incorporated into the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement.

Appeals resolved

The two appeals lodged with the Environment Court against Council's decisions were resolved through mediation on 28 June 2018. The Environment Court issued a consent order on 27 July 2018. Proposed Change 3 was incorporated into the operative Regional Policy Statement in October 2018.

Decisions released

The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has made its decisions on submissions to Proposed Change 3 (Rangitāiki River) to the Regional Policy Statement. The decisions were released on 17 October 2017 and from this date Proposed Change 3 is amended in accordance with those decisions.

View the Hearing documents

View the Summary of Decisions Requested

View the Proposed Change and supporting documents

To obtain copies of these documents, please contact Rachel Thaugland, Planning Coordinator on 0800 884 880 or email

What is Change 3 (Rangitāiki River)?

Change 3 inserted a new Treaty Co-governance chapter into Part 2 of the RPS which houses the Rangitāiki River change and will also house subsequent Treaty Co-governance changes.

A new and separate Treaty Co-Governance compendium document contains the complete Rangitāiki River Document, and future Treaty Co-Governance documents, to provide context for the RPS.

Under the Treaty Claims Settlement Acts, the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement (RPS) must recognise and provide for the vision, objectives and desired outcomes of the River Document.

What is Te Ara Whanui o Rangitāiki ("The River Document")?

The Rangitāiki River Forum has prepared and approved Te Ara Whānui o Rangitāiki (“The River Document”). This document sets out the vision, objectives and desired outcomes for the Rangitāiki River and its catchment. The River Document was required by the Ngati Whare Treaty Claims Settlement Act 2012 and the Ngati Manawa Treaty Claims Settlement Act 2012.

Key Contact

For more information on Change 3 (Rangitāiki River) please contact Nassah Rolleston-Steed, Principal Advisor, Policy and Planning at