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Eighteen appeals against proposed regional Natural Resources Plan

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Council received 29 appeals on its Proposed Natural Resources Plan and will now work with the Environment Court and appellants to address the points raised.

The appeals to the Environment Court came from a range of organisations, iwi, community representatives and individuals.

Matt Hickman, the council’s Manager of Environment Policy, says the appeals are the next part of the regional plan process and Greater Wellington is looking forward to working with appellants to resolve appeals for the best outcome for the region.

“The proposed plan was developed over a decade following a review of five existing regional plans for the Wellington Region to understand how human activity affects our region’s natural and physical resources,” says Matt Hickman.

The new plan takes an integrated approach to managing fresh and coastal water, air and soil and discharges to land. It responds to key issues such as swimmable rivers and clean coastal waters along with safe drinking water, protection of significant sites and indigenous biodiversity.

“We continue to work closely with mana whenua, communities and individuals to refine a plan that protects the right things, in the right places. We’ll now work through each of the appeals starting with a mediation process to ensure the plan is fit for purpose,” says Matt Hickman.

The decision version of the proposed plan was released in July after a decade of consultation with the community and reflects values expressed by the community and environmental bottom lines required by government.

Te Upoko Taiao, a co-governance committee with six appointed members from the region’s mana whenua, was formed to oversee the development of the proposed plan and ensure that iwi views and perspectives were built in from the start.


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1 comment:

  1. Ms Green, 23. September 2019, 9:08

    It would be great to have a summary of the key points of the plan, and also of the appeals and their source.
    For example would the plan meet the Government’s proposed standards for fresh water?


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