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Regional Plan Review

Regional Plan Review

The draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region was made available for public feedback from September through to November 2014. We received comments, views and suggestions from more than 130 people or organisations and this valuable information will help us develop the plan further before it goes to council for approval.

You can view all of the feedback under the section it relates to by clicking on the links below.

What happens next?

Regional council staff are reviewing all the points made and it is likely they will have some areas they wish to clarify or discuss further with those who have commented. Invitations to attend meetings and discussions will be sent out early in the New Year.

Once all the suggestions and comments have been considered a proposed Natural Resources Plan will be approved by council, published and a formal public submissions process will begin mid to late 2015.

Draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region

Te Tikanga Taiao o Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui

Fresh water, land, the beach, and the coast are taonga to us all.

Mana whenua care about the mauri, or life giving properties of our region, and kaitiakitanga, the traditional obligation to sustain the ecosystems of the natural world.  In a similar way, non-Māori believe there is a need to look at the environment as a whole and to protect its many interconnected elements.

The draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region sets out how we will do this.

Much has been learned about how human activity affects our region’s resources and over the past three years, as we have set about reviewing the existing regional plans for Wellington, we have learned much more. We have worked closely with communities and individuals to develop draft rules that protect the right things, in the right places. We have been cautious of restrictions on industries and development and careful to ensure we have protected all that we should in order to ensure a legacy we are proud of for the future.

The draft Natural Resource Plan for the Wellington region combines coastal and regional plans and incorporates regulatory and non-regulatory methods. It also identifies several distinct catchment areas (whaitua) within the region, and provides a decentralised approach to establishing priorities and programmes within each of these through whaitua committees.

If you would like a USB of the draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region please email us and we will send you one.

Click the title to go to the sections below

Contents and Introduction

View feedback on the Contents and Introduction section


Explains the definitions and terms used in the Plan and provides a guide on how to use it. 

View feedback on the Interpretation section


The objectives are statements of what we as a community want to achieve, and provide an understanding of what is addressed in this draft Natural Resources Plan and what the plan sets out to accomplish.

View feedback on the Objectives section


The how of the Plan is contained in the Policies chapter, which covers the overarching regional or general policies, and those specific to a particular resource air, land, water and the coast or a whaitua.

View feedback on the Policies section

Rules and Other methods

The rules (and other methods) in the Plan implement the policies and will be legally binding once the Plan becomes operative.

View feedback on the Rules and Other methods section

Whaitua committees

The whaitua committees work with the community to develop a set of environmental goals or a vision for their catchment area.

Ruamāhanga Whaitua Wellington Harbour and Hutt Valley Whaitua  Te Awarua o Porirua Whaitua  Kāpiti Coast Whaitua Wairarapa Coast Whaitua 

View feedback on the Whaitua Committees section


In some instances the listing of a site or place on a schedule will mean that carrying out activities there will be more restrictive under the draft Plan rules.

View feedback on the Schedules section

Maps and GIS

Here you can find detailed GIS layers of all of the information given in the Plan schedules and shown on the Plan maps.

For instructions on how to use GIS, Click here

View feedback on the Maps and GIS section

Issues and Plan evaluation (s32) reports

Explains the values and issues which the Plan is addressing and the options considered to achieve good resource management.

View feedback on the Issues and Plan evaluation (s32) reports section

Good managment practice

Provides links to information on best practices, procedures or to tools to help achieve the desired performance and environmental outcomes.


Regional Plan Timeline