Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora Plan Change Decisions Version Notified

Published: Wed 22 Apr 2020 05:24 PM
Waikato Regional Council has today notified the decisions version of its groundbreaking Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora plan change.
It replaces previous notified versions of Proposed Waikato Regional Plan Change 1: Waikato and Waipā River Catchments.
The council had until 22 April 2020 to make a decision on written and oral submissions to the plan change, first notified in October 2016 followed by a variation in 2018. The submissions were considered last year by an independent five-person hearings panel.
At an extraordinary meeting last month (18 March) the council supported notification of the hearings panel recommendations.
The council has been conscious of the extraordinary times as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and for our farmers the effects of the drought too.
The council has continued to review this developing situation and, as a result of the pandemic, the council this month applied to the Environment Court to extend the appeals period from the minimum 30 working days to 50 working days. This would give submitters and their legal counsel a time extension to late June-early July to lodge their appeals with the Environment Court.
A response from the court had not been received at the time of notification; however, updates will be published at
As part of the notification of the plan change:a public notice has been published in today’s Waikato Times and NZ Heraldletters to all submitters will be lodged with NZ Post this weekthe decisions version of proposed plan change 1 and related documents have been published on copies of the decisions version of the plan change and the recommendations are available on request from the council.Background
Our rivers are showing the signs of being affected by contaminants, with an increase in algal blooms and decrease in swimmability. The longer we wait to address these effects, the harder and more expensive it will be to fix.
That’s where Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora comes in. It’s the bold first step in an 80-year journey to achieve rivers that have improved water quality, are safe for food gathering along their entire length and meet the requirements of Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato, the Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River.
It is a change to the Waikato Regional Plan, with rules to manage both point source discharges (such as sewage from towns and waste from factories) and non-point source discharges linked to agriculture. First developed with the community, it allows for the management of nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment and bacteria in the Waikato and Waipā river catchments.

Next in New Zealand politics

David Clark resigns as Health Minister
By: New Zealand Government
Green Party Proposes Transformational Poverty Action Plan
By: Green Party
New protection for dolphins
By: New Zealand Government
Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
By: New Zealand Government
A New Firearms System Focused On Safety
By: New Zealand Government
Building a stronger health and disability system
By: New Zealand Government
Todd Muller Announces Caucus Reshuffle
By: New Zealand National Party
Winston Peters on EU travel: 'We're not going to compromise our country's health'
Infrastructure Investment To Create Jobs, Kick-start COVID Rebuild
By: New Zealand Government
Government Strengthens Managed Isolation System
By: New Zealand Government
ACT Announces List For 2020 General Election
By: ACT New Zealand
New Zealand To Host Virtual APEC In 2021
By: New Zealand Government
Clark’s Resignation Was Too Little, Too Late
By: New Zealand National Party
Taxpayer Victory! David Clark Resigns
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
PM Jacinda Ardern on David Clark's resignation as Health Minister: 'It is one I agree with'
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILE © Scoop Media