Further Submissions on Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) have closed.
Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement was notified for public submissions on 29 June 2021. Submissions closed on 10 August 2021 and 15 submissions were received.
The ‘Summary of Decisions Requested’ was notified on 26 October 2021. The further submission period closed at 4pm on Tuesday 9th November 2021.
Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) will now transition from the Schedule 1 process to the Freshwater Planning Process. The Regional Council must provide the Chief Freshwater Commissioner with ‘required documentation’ in December 2021. The Chief Freshwater Commissioner will then convene a Freshwater Hearings Panel to hear this change.
This is an indicative timeline for Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) – Freshwater Planning Process.
Updates will be provided for Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) on this webpage.
What is Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River)?
Kaituna He Taonga Tuku Iho – A Treasure Handed Down (The Kaituna River Document) was a requirement of the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. The Kaituna River Document was prepared by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority, a co-governance entity of iwi and council representatives.
The Kaituna River Document’s purpose is to promote the restoration, protection and enhancement of the environmental, cultural, and spiritual well-being of the Kaituna River and its tributaries. This document was prepared in consultation with iwi, hapū and the wider community.
The Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement (RPS) must recognise and provide for the vision, objectives and desired outcomes of the Kaituna River Document to the extent that contents relate to resource management issues and, it is the most appropriate way to achieve the purpose of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) for the Kaituna River.
Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) has been prepared under the RMA. It will be the second co-governance change to be included in the RPS and is specific to the Kaituna River and its tributaries.
The proposed change relates to freshwater so it must follow a new Freshwater Planning Process which is overseen by the Chief Freshwater Commissioner.
NOTE: Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) does not seek to implement the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 (NPS-FM). Regional Council has a specific and overarching programme for NPS-FM implementation, this being the Essential Freshwater Policy Programme. This programme includes engagement with the community and tangata whenua. Region wide NPS-FM implementation will be delivered through RPS and regional plan changes which will be notified in July 2024.