Thursday workshops

Thursday 22 September: 3.15 - 5.15pm

Co-management and co-governance

New Zealand is moving progressively towards co-management and co-governance models of resource management. There are now a number of models and examples of how tangata whenua and local and central government are working together. Come and learn how co-management and co-governance is playing out around various rohe and regions. Iwi are at the forefront of taking a longer-term view of resource management and considering their whānau and mokopuna and generations to come. Exercising kaitiakitanga over our natural resource is at the heart of co-management.

Matatā risk reduction strategy | extinguishing existing use rights as part of managed retreat

In May 2005, a large debris flow in the Awatarariki Stream catchment at Matatā caused significant damage to land, buildings and infrastructure. There were no deaths or injuries, but the destructive force was such that deaths could easily have occurred. Investigations revealed that this event was likely to recur with a high loss of life risk to those who had reoccupied the area after the event. A multifaceted programme was developed to manage this risk to an acceptable level. This workshop will examine the programme developed to achieve managed retreat where high loss-of-life risk was proven to be present and no alternative solution to manage the risk was available. The programme combined financial incentives, support services, risk-based district plan provisions and a regional rule to prohibit existing residential activities subject to high loss-of-life risk. Principles, methods and practices can be considered further in the development of policy to enable managed retreat from natural hazards.

Resource management reform

New legislation to replace the Resource Management Act 1991 will be introduced to Parliament next month. You’ll then have a chance to review the legislation and let the Government know if you think changes are needed via a submission to the select committee.

At this workshop, Mark Vink and other Ministry for the Environment leaders will talk you through the key elements of the proposed new resource management system. The session will include an interactive session to work through some key questions on the reforms.

Mark Vink is the Executive Director of the Strategic Planning Reform Board, which is the Interdepartmental Executive Board responsible for the development of the Spatial Planning Act. He will be accompanied Jo Gascoigne, Director of the National Planning Framework and Rebecca Scannell, Project Lead, RM Reform and the RM Reform team.

Rotorua geothermal system

Rotorua City has a unique geothermal story – a long history of sustainable use by Māori, overexploitation of the resource during the 1960s and 1970s and, more recently, resource recovery. Sustainable management involves protecting vulnerable ngāwhā, ongoing uninterrupted use and access by tangata whenua of their waiariki/ngāwhā, and providing for ongoing domestic and commercial direct heat uses. Bay of Plenty Regional Council is working through these complex management issues with Māori, stakeholders and the community in the development of the Rotorua System Management Plan and a regional plan change for the Rotorua geothermal field. You will be able to see some of the management issues first-hand in a walk from the Events Centre in Government Gardens and hear from a number of stakeholders engaged with geothermal features and resources.