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Proposed Natural Resources Plan

Proposed Natural Resources Plan

Updated 28 March 2019 9:20am

The PNRP hearings portal contains copies of our s42A reports, redline version of the plan, evidence, audio recordings of the hearings and more.   

Please click here to access the portal

If you have any access problems, please contact the hearings advisor at

Hearings, Topics and Provisions

Hearings have been completed, and were scheduled by topics over six hearing streams, which commenced on 22 May 2017 and finished on 30 July 2018. Submitters that advised that they wished to speak to their submissions, were scheduled to appear at the relevant hearing topics. A list of the plan provisions covered under each hearing can be found on the link below:

SDR Database - use this to search submission points, provisions and to see if there are any further submissions made on your submission. This remains up to date and allows you to search for your submitter name or number.

Decisions on submissions

Hearings are complete and the Panel are in deliberations. Council intends to publicly notify the Decisions on submissions on 31 July 2019, and a notice will be sent to all submitters and further submitters. Full copies of the Decision will be available for viewing at all public libraries throughout the Wellington region, and at GWRC Council offices located at:

  • Shed 39, 2 Fryatt Quay Pipitea
  • 15 Walter Street, Te Aro
  • 1056 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
  • Level 4, Department Building, 35-37 Chapel Street, Masterton

Any person who made a submission or further submission may appeal the publicly notified decision to the Environment Court. Appeals to the Environment Court must be in the prescribed form and lodged with the Environment Court within 30 working days of the public notice of the decision.

The Ministry for the Environment website,, contains information about the Environment Court and RMA processes.

All updates and information will continue to be made available on the portal. If you have questions about the plan or the hearings, please contact us at


The hearings were scheduled as below:

Hearing Stream One - 22 May 2017

Overall policy framework for the proposed plan, Beneficial Use and Development, & Areas and sites with significant mana whenua values

Hearing Stream Two - 10 July 2017

Air Quality Management, Land use in riparian margins and stock access to water bodies, & Soil Conservation

Hearing Stream Three - 4 September 2017

Water Allocation & Natural Form and Function

Hearing Stream Four - 12 February 2018

Water quality & Stormwater

Hearing Stream Five - 9 April 2018

Beds of lakes and Rivers, Wetlands and Biodiversity,Discharges to land

Hearing Stream Six - 28 May 2018

Coast, Natural Hazards, & Significant historic heritage values, Contaminated land, and hazardous substances

Hearing Panel Directions

All minutes issued will be made available at Panel Directions.

Pre-Hearing Meetings

Pre-hearing meetings have been held on issues that may be resolved or for further clarity.

To view a schedule of pre-hearing meetings that have been held, please click the below link:

Pre-hearing Meetings

Frequently Asked Questions on the Hearing Process

Please check out our FAQS section for information in the upcoming hearing process.

FAQS on the hearing process

We will update these regularly to ensure you can find the information you need.