The Regional Policy Statement (RPS) for the Wellington Region provides an overview of the resource management issues of the Region and sets out the policies and methods to achieve integrated resource management of the natural and physical resources of the whole region. 

Change 1 of the RPS will account for new national direction.  It 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. 
    • By recognising the role that natural ecosystems play. 
    • By 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. 

Changes were publicly notified in August 2022. Further Submissions, in support or in opposition to a submission, will be open from Monday 5 December until 5pm, Monday 19 December 2022. 

Supporting documents for Proposed RPS Change 1 

Supporting documents and links for Further Submissions  

Further submissions open from 5 - 19 December 2022 – Find out more

Documents may also be viewed at our Cuba Street, Wellington, and Masterton offices

Technical reports 

Find out more about NRP changes. 

If you have further questions, or if you’d like to be updated during key stages of  the RPS Plan Change 1 please contact the Environmental Policy team at  regionalplan@gw.govt.nz.

The Proposed RPS Change 1 documentation can also be viewed in person at: 

  • Greater Wellington Regional Council – Wellington Office, 100 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington 
  • Greater Wellington Regional Council – Masterton Office, 34 Chapel Street, Masterton 
  • Public libraries throughout the Region  

The process for preparing Proposed RPS Change 1 

Greater Wellington is satisfied that part of Proposed Change 1 to the Regional Policy Statement is a ‘freshwater planning instrument’ and therefore subject to the freshwater planning process under Section 80A and Part 4 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act (RMA). The Proposed Change 1 to the Regional Policy Statement document identifies the new or amended provisions that form part of the ‘freshwater planning instrument’ using a freshwater symbol as follows:

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The provisions that are part of the 'freshwater planning instrument' either give effect to the NPS-FM with respect to freshwater quality or quantity or otherwise relate directly to matters which impact freshwater quality or quantity. The Section 32 report (PDF 5.3 MB) justifies why each provision is part of the freshwater planning instrument.  

The remaining Proposed Change 1 to the Regional Policy Statement provisions that are not part of a 'freshwater planning instrument', that is, those provisions that are not identified by the freshwater symbol, will proceed through the standard process for preparing a regional policy statement under Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the RMA.  

Support for submitters:

Like all planning documents, RPS Change 1 is complex to navigate and understand. If you would like some assistance, a ‘Friend of Submitters’ is available during the submission period to assist submitters. The Friend of Submitters is fully independent and has not been involved in developing RPS Change 1. You can contact her by sending an email to Friend.of.Submitter@gw.govt.nzlaunch.   

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More information 

Find out more about our wider plan change work programme.

Find out more about NRP changes.

If you have further questions, please contact the Environmental Policy team at regionalplan@gw.govt.nz.

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 December 5, 2022 at 7:16 AM

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