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Process and key dates

Agreed process

The project partners (Waikato Regional Council and Waikato and Waipa River iwi) will work with stakeholders to find solutions that help sustain the economy and the environment. The process is:

Step 1 – understand the issue from all sides

Get a balanced view and agreement on the problem to be solved by listening to local people, farmers, industry leaders, foresters, recreationalists and environmental groups.

Step 2 – develop limits and targets

Use information gathered in step 1 plus information from a group of independent scientists and experts, including specialists in agriculture and mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge), and work with stakeholders to develop a number of land use scenarios, with a range of associated limits and targets.

Step 3 – develop the options and policy mix

Develop a range of policy methods that can be included in the regional plan. Talk with communities, farmers, foresters, recreationalists and industry and community leaders to find out which mix of methods is the most likely to work.


Stakeholder Engagement Strategy

The Stakeholder Engagement Strategy sets out the approach for developing the plan change together with stakeholders and the community.

Collaborative Stakeholder Group

In late 2013, a Collaborative Stakeholder Group (CSG) was established as a means for the project partners to work together with stakeholders and the community. The CSG will represent stakeholder organisations and the community. Read more about the CSG.

Technical Alliance

In May 2014 an impartial, advisory group of specialists to provide technical information for the project was established. Read more about the Technical Alliance

Decision making on the proposed plan change

The Healthy Rivers Wai Ora Committee is the means by which the six project partners will participate in decisions on the proposed plan change.

The committee will:

  • receive recommendations and information from the Collaborative Stakeholder Group and Te Rōpū Hautū (the project steering group)
  • recommend a proposed plan change to the council for public notification.

Key dates

The indicative timeline for the proposed plan change is:

July 2016 CSG confirms their recommendation on the proposed plan change and supporting documents.
Mid July -
end August 2016
Project partners briefed on proposed plan change and supporting documents.
September 2016

Healthy Rivers Wai Ora committee receives CSG’s recommendation on proposed plan change, for recommendation to Waikato Regional Council.

Waikato Regional Council receives Healthy Rivers Wai Ora committee’s recommendation to publicly notify proposed plan change.

22 October 2016

Proposed plan change publicly notified, for anyone to make a submission on.

The council is yet to decide on the timing of the submission period. It’s proposed the timing will be mindful of the busy time of year and the time people need to understand the meaning and impact of the policies and rules. At the earliest, the submission period could close at the end of 2016, or it could be extended into early 2017.

2017 onwards

Summary of submissions
A summary of submissions, describing all submitters’ requests and the reasons for them, is publicly notified.

Further submissions
Further submitters indicate whether or not they support submissions. Staff reports prepared Council staff prepare reports for a Hearings committee, outlining submitters’ requests and staff recommendations for these. Submitters also receive these reports.

Submitters have the opportunity to formally present their views to the Hearings committee.

Decisions released
The council releases its decisions.

Submitters have the opportunity to appeal decisions made on the plan change to the Environment Court.



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