Thursday workshops

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.

Freshwater Commission

The new Freshwater Planning Process (FPP) which replaces the 1st Schedule hearing process for regional policy statements and regional plans relating to freshwater came into force in July 2020 with the passing of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2020. The office of the Chief Freshwater Commissioner was established at the same time. These new statutory provisions along with a brief background to them will be the subject of a presentation by the Chief Freshwater Commissioner to be followed by an interactive discussion.

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

The proposed Strategic Planning Act (SPA) is a critical part of resource management reform. It is a new addition to the system that will mandate spatial planning and bring together outcomes and functions across several statutes to achieve a longer-term, strategic and integrated approach to the use of land and the coastal marine area, infrastructure provision, environmental protection and climate change matters.

It is proposed that central government, local government and iwi/hapū work together to develop 30 year ‘regional spatial strategies’ (RSSs) in each region, that are informed by longer-term data and evidence as appropriate. It is proposed that RSSs will:

  • be strategic, high-level and focused on the most significant issues and opportunities facing the region
  • be informed by robust and proportionate information and evidence, including mātauranga Māori
  • identify a shared vision, long-term objectives and priority actions for how a region will grow and change over time.

Spatial mapping will be an important component of RSSs, representing the complexity of the long-term regional strategy in a clear and understandable way.

It is proposed that RSS will translate national-level direction, including the National Planning Framework, under the Natural and Built Environments Act (NBA), to a regional context. It is envisaged that RSS will be implemented through a range of mechanisms, including regulatory plans under the NBA and funding and investment decisions under the LGA and LTMA.

This workshop will provide an overview of proposals and seek feedback on questions relating to the SPA and its implementation [topics TBC as dependent on progress with SPA].

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.

Rotorua Te Puia