We’ll be making changes to the Regional Policy Statement to account for new national direction.  This includes:

  • Enabling urban development and infrastructure in appropriate locations. Encouraging more intensive urban development that is sensitive to the environment and meets the needs of more people.
  • Developing objectives with our Mana Whenua partners to protect our waterways, including:
    • How Te Mana o Te Wai applies to freshwater in the region.
    • Long-term visions for freshwater bodies in areas with completed whaitua processes.
  • Responding to the climate emergency:
    • Through provisions to reduce emissions.
    • Recognising the role that natural ecosystems play.
    • Reducing the impacts of climate change.
  • Strengthening the existing provisions for indigenous ecosystems to maintain and restore ecosystem processes and biodiversity generally, not just significant biodiversity.

Full details of the changes will be publicly notified in August 2022, and you’ll have the opportunity to provide a submission.

More information

Find out more about the timing of these and the NRP changes. 

Find out more about NRP changes.

If you have further questions, or if you’d like to be informed when the RPS change is notified and the submission period opens, please contact the Environmental Policy team at regionalplan@gw.govt.nz

Updated April 27, 2022 at 8:39 AM

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