Regional Policy Statement for Northland

The Regional Policy Statement (RPS) for Northland covers the management of natural and physical resources in the Northland Region, from Kaiwaka in the south, to Cape Reinga in the north, and out to the 12 nautical mile (22.2 km) limit.

The RPS provides the broad direction and framework for managing the region's natural and physical resources. It identifies significant resource management issues for the region and sets out how resources such as land, water, soil, minerals, plants, animals and structures will be managed.

Status of the plan

The Regional Policy Statement was made operative on 9 May 2016, except for:

     (a) Issue 2.6(g) and related parts of the explanation
     (b) Policy 6.1.2 and explanation
     (c) Method 6.1.5 and explanation

These provisions relate to the use of genetic engineering and the release of genetically modified organisms to the environment, and were made operative on 14 June 2018.

Statutory Acknowledgements in Northland

Information about all statutory acknowledgements contained in Treaty settlement legislation for Northland.


The Regional Policy Statement maps show:

  • The coastal environment
  • Outstanding natural features
  • Natural character
  • Outstanding natural landscapes

Mapping methodology

The mapping methodology and worksheets describe how the Outstanding Natural Landscapes and Features, the Coastal Environment and Natural Character were assessed.

Get a copy of the RPS

Use the link below to download a copy, or contact us to order a copy - P: 0800 002 004 | E: [email protected]