There were two separate hearings – one for genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms (GE/GMO) and one for all other matters. This page has information about the hearings and council decision for all matters, excluding GE/GMO - Go to GE/GMO hearings information
Timeline - Proposed Regional Plan
Any person who made a submission on the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland had the chance to appeal the council’s decision in respect of those matters noted. The last day for lodging appeals with the Environment Court was 17 June 2019. A total of 23 appeals were received.
More information on the appeals process can be found on the Environment Court’s website:
Submitters had an opportunity to speak to the hearing panel until the hearing closed in October 2018. The hearing panel then wrote a report that made recommendations to Council on the provisions and submissions on the plan.
At is meeting on 16 April 2019, council accepted and adopted the recommendations of the hearing panel on decisions on provisions and matters raised in submissions (excluding GMOs).
From 4 May 2019, the decisions version of the plan replaces the version notified in September 2017.
Proposed Regional Plan for Northland – Decisions Version
Several minor amendments have been made to the Proposed Regional Plan - Decisions Version after its public notification, pursuant to Clause 16(2) of Schedule 1 of the RMA.
Hearing panel recommendations
The Council delegated to a Hearing Panel (Rob van Voortuysen, independent commissioner and chair, Joce Yeoman, NRC councillor and Miria Pomare, independent commissioner) the function of hearing the submissions on the Proposed Regional Plan and making recommendations to the council. The exception is the submissions seeking the addition of provisions for genetically modified organisms - the full council heard these submissions separately.
The hearings panel made recommendations in April 2019.