What is Draft Change 5 (Kaituna River)?

Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority has prepared and approved ‘Kaituna he taonga tuku iho – A treasure handed down’ (“The Kaituna River Document”). This document sets out the vision, objectives and desired outcomes for the Kaituna River and its tributaries. The River Document was required by the Tapuika Treaty Claims Settlement Act 2014.

Under the Tapuika Treaty Claims Settlement Act 2014, the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement (RPS) must recognise and provide for the vision, objectives and desired outcomes of the Kaituna River Document. A change to the RPS is therefore required under the Resource Management Act 1991 to complete the process of insertion as required by the statutes.

This change is known as Draft Change 5 (Kaituna River) to the RPS. Community engagement and public consultation is part of this process, particularly with the Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority and the wider Kaituna River catchment community.

The comment period for the draft change closed on 16 October 2020. Staff have reviewed the comments received and made recommended amendments to the draft change. These recommendations are to be considered by Council’s Strategy and Policy Committee and Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority before approval is sought to publicly notify the change in 2021.

NOTE: Draft Change 5 is distinct from other Regional Council projects within the Kaituna River catchment, including the Freshwater Implementation programme.

View Draft Change 5 (Kaituna River)

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

View the comments made on Draft Change 5 (Kaituna River)

  1. NZ Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated
  2. Freda Woisin
  3. Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society Inc
  4. Transpower New Zealand Limited
  5. Tauranga City Council
  6. Eastland Generation Limited
  7. Western Bay of Plenty District Council
  8. Te Tumu Landowners Group
  9. Rotorua Lakes Council
  10. Horticulture New Zealand
  11. Bay of Plenty Federated Farmers and Rotorua/Taupō Federated Farmers
  12. The Proprietors of Taheke 8C and Adjoining Blocks (Inc)

Key contact

For more information on Draft Change 5 (Kaituna River) please email Nassah Rolleston-Steed, Principal Advisor, Policy & Planning.