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Submissions open on variation to Healthy Rivers plan change

Submissions on a variation to the plan to improve the health of the Waikato and Waipā rivers have opened today.

The public will have until Wednesday 23 May to make a submission on the variation. Further information, including the feedback form, is available at waikatoregion.govt.nz/healthyrivers.

The council received more than 1000 submissions to the plan change when it was notified in 2016 –these remain valid and do not need to be re-lodged.

However, if there are changes specific to the variation that individuals and groups don’t agree with then they’re encouraged make a submission.

The variation to Healthy Rivers/Wai Ora: Proposed Plan Change 1 reinstates the area in the north-east of the Waikato River catchment that was withdrawn in November 2016 to enable full consultation with Pare Hauraki as an impacted iwi.

The variation includes some amendments arising from consultation with Pare Hauraki, and also proposes extensions of 20 months to some dates to enable landowners more time due to the delay.

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