Proposed Change 5

What is Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River)?

Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) to the Bay of Plenty Regional Policy Statement was notified for public submissions on 29 June 2020.

Submissions closed 4pm on Tuesday 10 August

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 it is specific to the Kaituna River and its tributaries. It includes:

  • 7 Kaituna River objectives
  • 9 Kaituna River policies
  • 6 Kaituna River methods of implementation; and
  • Expansion of 5 existing methods to also apply to the Kaituna River.

Each objective is supported by a policy framework to promote their achievement. Neither the RPS nor the Kaituna River Document contain rules.


Regional Policy Statement

What is the Regional Policy Statement?

The Regional Policy Statement provides a framework for sustainably managing the region's natural and physical resources.

It highlights regionally significant issues with our land, air, fresh and coastal water, infrastructure and biodiversity, including issues of significance to iwi. It sets out what needs to be achieved (objectives) and how it will be achieved (policies and methods).

It does not contain rules; instead it sets out how regional, city and district councils need to manage these resources. It is a directive policy document in relation to regional and district plans and the consideration of resource consents.

Why this policy is important:

  • It is a statutory policy document that provides an overview of the region's significant resource management issues.
  • It must be given effect to by the region's city and district councils when developing their district plans.
  • It sets out policies and methods for managing the region's significant resource management issues.

Click here to read the Regional Policy Statement

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Kaituna River Document

Proposed Change 5 (Kaituna River) and The Kaituna River Document

E ora ana te mauri o te Kaituna, e tiakina ana hoki mō ngā whakatupuranga ō nāianei, ō muri nei hoki

The Kaituna River is in a healthy state and protected for current and future generations.

The Kaituna River and its tributaries are considered taonga (treasures) by both iwi and the community, and are valued resources for the Bay of Plenty.

Kaituna, he taonga tuku iho - a treasure handed down (the Kaituna River Document) (PDF 5.86MB) is an outcome of the Tapuika Claims Settlement Act 2014. It is a statutory document that was launched by Te Maru o Kaituna River Authority on 22 June 2018, following consultation with iwi, hapū and the wider community.

The purpose of the Kaituna River Document is to promote the restoration, protection and enhancement of the environmental, cultural, and spiritual well-being of the Kaituna River and its tributaries.

A summary version is also available.