The 10 year review of the regional plans was completed December 2014.
Northland has three regional plans which set out policies and rules for the way the region's air, land, water and coast are used. These are:
These plans are now 10 years old. We've reviewed our plans to see how well they've performed and what improvements could be made. The review is a requirement of the Resource Management Act and is the first step in preparing the new Regional Plan.
Air quality (PDF, 436KB)
Coastal water space (PDF, 333KB)
Hazardous substances and contaminated land (PDF, 332KB)
Infrastructure and mineral extraction (PDF, 391KB)
Marine ecosystems and biodiversity (PDF, 405KB)
Natural hazards (PDF, 357KB)
Significant natural and heritage values (PDF, 526KB)
Tangata Whenua participation in resource management (PDF, 424KB)
Water quality (PDF, 967KB)
Water quantity (PDF, 664KB)
A key part of the review was a series of workshops we held in October 2014 asking key stakeholders to share their ideas for the new regional plan.
Summary reports, workshop agendas and workshop presentations on each of these topics are available below. These documents are all in PDF format.
Consultation with Tangata Whenua
Three regional hui were held in Whangarei, Kaikohe and Kaitaia in November 2014, involving representatives from the district and regional councils. These hui focussed primarily on understanding the environmental issues of concern to tangata whenua and included discussion on the regional plan reviews.
The presentation and notes from the three hui are available under Regional Hui below.
We also commissioned a report from Keir Volkerling to identify tangata whenua resource management issues and options to address these issues.
Workshop agenda - Air quality (PDF, 149KB)
Workshop presentation - Air Quality (PDF, 780KB)
Workshop notes - Air quality (PDF, 19KB)
Coastal water space
Workshop agenda - Coastal water space (PDF, 164KB)
Workshop presentation - Coastal water space (PDF, 650KB)
Workshop notes - Coastal water space (PDF, 44KB)
Hazardous substances and contaminated land
Workshop notes - Hazardous substances (PDF, 28KB)
Infrastructure and mineral extraction
Workshop notes - Infrastructure and minerals (PDF, 29KB)
Marine ecosystems and biodiversity
Workshop agenda - Natural hazards (PDF, 165KB)
Workshop presentation - Natural hazards (PDF, 421KB)
Workshop notes - Natural hazards (PDF,83KB)
Tangata Whenua participation in resource management
Workshop agenda - Water quality (PDF, 153KB)
Workshop presentation - Water quality (PDF, 1.8MB)
Workshop notes - Water quality (PDF, 122KB)
Workshop agenda - Water quantity (PDF, 155KB)
Workshop presentation - Water quantity (PDF, 729KB)
Workshop notes - Water quantity (PDF, 97KB)
Summary of topics
Download a summary of the topics (PDF, 25KB)
The meeting notes document contains the notes from the three Environmental Hui held in November 2014 and a summary of potential future joint initiatives for engaging with tangata whenua based on feedback from the hui.
Regional plans review meetings - notes
In addition to the workshops, we met with other groups to get their feedback on the regional plans review. Notes from these meetings are now available to view on the 'Google docs' website:
Who do I contact?
If you have any questions contact:
Ben Lee, Programme Manager - Policy Development, NRC
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Phone: 0800 002 004