Catchment plans

We're taking a fresh approach to managing water in five of Northland's catchments – Mangere, Doubtless Bay, Waitangi, Poutō and Whangārei Harbour.

Local catchment groups (made up of representatives from tangata whenua, community, industry, district councils, Department of Conservation and Northland Fish and Game Council) have developed catchment plans with a particular focus on freshwater management. These five catchments were chosen because water related issues had been identified and there was local interest in partnering with council to find solutions.

The catchment plans identify for each catchment:

  • Uses and values relating to freshwater (and in many cases coastal water)
  • The issues identified in the catchment and the outcomes sought (objectives)
  • Recommended regulatory (I.e. rules) and non-regulatory actions to improve the way the catchments are managed.

Draft catchment plans were released for public feedback over August – September 2016. The catchment groups are very grateful for the feedback received as this was invaluable in finalising the catchment plans before they were adopted by council in August 2017.

The catchment plans are non-statutory documents – that is they have no legal effect unless an agency or local authority with statutory powers includes catchment plan provisions in a regulatory document (such as a regional or district plan). For example, the catchment plans for Mangere, Doubtless Bay, Waitangi, Poutō and Whangārei Harbour recommend rules be included in catchment specific sections of the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland.

Find the Proposed Regional Plan for Northland

Read the catchment plans

Technical reports

Read the technical reports supporting the draft Regional Plan and catchment plans