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 for all other matters.
Hearing panel recommendations
Now that the hearings are over, the next step is for the hearing panel to prepare their recommendations. The recommendations will include recommended changes to the Proposed Regional Plan and the reasons for the changes. It’s expected the recommendations will be presented to Council for approval in April or May 2019.
The hearing reconvened at 6 November 2018 to receive the staff reply report. The staff reply report responded to matters raised at the hearing and recommended changes to the Proposed Regional Plan.
- Staff Reply - Hearings for the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland (PDF, 9.5MB)
- Reply report - tracked changes version of the plan (PDF, 4.8MB)
- Details for the 'staff reply' hearing
- Staff reply – supplementary information (PDF, 1.8MB)
- Staff reply – errata (PDF, 308KB)
Council staff opening statements
Council staff prepared opening statements for the hearing.
Staff opening statements - August 2018 (PDF, 1.6MB)
Hearings evidence and written statements
Submitters provided evidence and written statements for the hearings.
Hearing Panel questions and responses
The Hearing Panel asked council staff questions about the Section 42A Reports.
Schedule for Proposed Regional Plan hearings held in Whangārei, Kerikeri, Kaitāia and Moerewa commencing Tuesday, 28 August 2018.
Section 42A Reports
These staff reports responded to submissions and described recommended changes to the Proposed Regional Plan.
The recommended changes to the Proposed Regional Plan are shown in the document below:
The recommended changes to the Proposed Regional Plan map layers are shown in this map:
The 'General approach' report provides an overview to the approach used for the S42A reports and addresses the more general submissions:
S42A report – General approach (PDF, 579KB)
S42A report – Acid Sulphate Soils (PDF, 208KB)
S42A report – Agrichemicals (PDF, 326KB)
S42A report – Air Quality (PDF, 965KB)
S42A report – Allocation and use of water (PDF, 3MB)
S42A report – Aquaculture (PDF, 1.6MB)
S42A report – Catchments (PDF, 320KB)
S42A report – Coastal reclamation (PDF, 259KB)
S42A report – Coastal structures (PDF, 530KB)
S42A report – Contaminated land (PDF, 379KB)
S42A report – Dredging, disturbance and disposal (PDF, 389KB)
S42A report – Land drainage and flood control (PDF, 380KB)
S42A report – Mangrove management (PDF, 337KB)
S42A report – Marine pests (PDF, 239KB)
S42A report – Moorings and anchorage (PDF, 413KB)
S42A report – Solid waste (PDF, 245KB)
S42A report – Stormwater discharges (PDF, 260KB)
S42A report – Tangata whenua provisions (PDF, 274KB)
S42A report – Wastewater discharges (PDF, 333KB)
S42A report – Water quality management (PDF, 600KB)
The Hearing Panel
The Northland Regional Council delegated to a Hearing Panel 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 Hearing Panel is:
- Rob van Voorthuysen (independent commissioner and chair)
- Joce Yeoman (councillor)
- Miria Pomare (independent commissioner)
Read profiles of the Hearing Panel members (PDF 111KB)
The Hearing Panel and council issue minutes to provide information to submitters and give directions about how the hearings were run.
- Minute 7 - Council hearing of GE - GMO provisions (PDF, 128KB)
- Minute 5 - Council hearing of GE/GMO submissions (PDF, 48KB)
Information provided in response to Hearing Panel Minutes
- CEP Services – response to Minute 1 (PDF, 38KB)
- Refining NZ – response to Minute 1 (PDF, 599KB)
- Soil & Health Association NZ and GE Free Tai Tokerau (PDF, 2MB)
- Vision Kerikeri - response to Minute 1 (PDF, 334KB)
- WDC and FNDC - Response to minute 1 (PDF, 580KB)