Healthy Rivers mo­tion with­drawal

South Waikato News - - Agribusiness - SUPPLIED

Part of the north­east Waikato is to be with­drawn from the cur­rently no­ti­fied Pro­posed Waikato Re­gional Plan Change 1 – Waikato and Waipa River Catch­ments to al­low for con­sul­ta­tion with Hau­raki iwi.

The land area of just over 120,000 hectares to be with­drawn fans out from just north of Mor­rinsville, north­ward along the east­ern side of Lake Waikare to Tuakau, across to the Hunua Ranges, to the north­ern re­gional bound­ary.

The land in­volved is about 11 per cent of the Waikato and Waipa rivers catch­ment in to­tal. It has 6135 unique ratepay­ers (about six per cent of landown­ers af­fected by the plan change), in­clud­ing those in small cen­tres like Te Kauwhata.

The area in­cludes the towns of Te Kauwhata, Mere­mere, Mercer, Po­keno, Waeranga and Mara­marua, and key wa­ter bod­ies, in­clud­ing part of the main stem of the Waikato River, the Whanga­marino Wet­land, Mara­marua River, Whanga­marino River, Man­gatawhiri River, Man­gatangi Stream, Up­per Man­gatawhiri Reser­voir and the Man­gatangi Reser­voir.

‘‘Con­sul­ta­tion with those Hau­raki iwi au­thor­i­ties who have an in­ter­est in the catch­ment will en­able is­sues of con­cern to be iden­ti­fied and how these is­sues could be ad­dressed,’’ said coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Vaughan Payne.

‘‘Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil in­tends that the area be­ing with­drawn may be re-in­cor­po­rated into the plan change process next year.’’

The area be­ing with­drawn from the plan change for now re­lates to an area of in­ter­est that Hau­raki iwi hold in the catch­ment. The with­drawal comes af­ter Hau­raki iwi au­thor­i­ties raised concerns re­gard­ing con­sul­ta­tion with them dur­ing the Healthy Rivers Wai Ora project, which de­vel­oped the pro­posed plan change to start achiev­ing the Crown-iwi Vi­sion and Strat­egy for the Waikato and Waipa rivers.

Late last month, the coun­cil passed a unan­i­mous res­o­lu­tion to with­draw that part of the plan where Hau­raki iwi au­thor­i­ties have an in­ter­est so that for­mal con­sul­ta­tion could take place.

Hau­raki iwi also have an in­ter­est in the area and in light of le­gal pro­ceed­ings, the coun­cil has de­cided the best way to man­age things is to with­draw the rel­e­vant area to al­low for con­sul­ta­tion to oc­cur.

DOMINICO ZAPATA/FAIR­FAX NZ

Part of the north­east Waikato is to be with­drawn from the Healthy Rivers pro­posal.

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