The process for preparing Proposed RPS Change 1 

We are 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.  

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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

Updated December 5, 2022 at 7:17 AM

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