Regional Plan Review

Regional Plan Review

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This Consultation is currently open.

It opened 12:01am 22 September 2014
and will close 11:59pm 30 November 2014
(6 days away from closing)

A draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region has been prepared. This document is a draft only and the rules and policies contained within it do not come into effect until the document is completed and adopted by the Wellington Regional Council.

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


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


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.


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.

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.

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 



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.

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

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.

Good managment practice

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


We want to make sure we have got it right and you can help.

Review the draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington region and send us your feedback before the end of November 2014.

Draft Natural Resources Plan for the Wellington Region
Shed 39
2 Fryatt Quay
Wellington 6011


Korero mai ano! Talk to us!  We look forward to hearing from you.

To find out more

Public meetings are being held to explain the draft Natural Resources Plan

Date Time Place
Monday 22nd Sept 1.30-3.00pm Carterton Event Centre – meeting room
Monday 22nd Sept 7.30-9.00pm Masterton Town Hall
Wednesday 24th Sept  7.30-9.00pm Trentham Gardens (at Racecourse)
Thursday 25th Sept  1.30-3.00pm Wellington, Te Papa Rangimarie Room
Thursday 25th Sept 7.30-9.00pm Dowse Art Museum 
Wednesday 1st Oct 7.30-9.00pm Porirua Arena
Thursday 2nd Oct  7.30-9.00pm Kapiti Coast Library Room


Regional Plan Timeline

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