Outstanding Water Bodies Plan Change
The Regional Council is working to identify outstanding water bodies (OWB) in the Hawke’s Bay rohe to ensure our most treasured waterways are protected and provided for well into the future.
Identifying and protecting outstanding water bodies is a key aspect of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM). This is one of many initiatives under way which seek to improve the region’s rivers, lakes, streams, estuaries and aquifers.
We have made significant progress so far. In May 2018 a candidate list of OWB were selected by the Council’s Regional Planning Committee for further assessment. Here is the list of candidate OWB and associated reports.
We ask for comments on the candidate list of outstanding water bodies using this feedback form.
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Our coastal and fresh waters are essential to New Zealand’s economic, environmental, cultural and social well-being - highly valued for their cultural and recreational values. They underpin important parts of New Zealand’s biodiversity and natural heritage.
Regional councils are tasked with ensuring all of New Zealand’s water bodies are managed wisely. The National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management (NPSFM) and the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement set a clear national direction to assist regional councils to manage water bodies in a consistent, integrated and sustainable way.
A number of New Zealand’s lakes, rivers and coastal areas are iconic and well known globally for their natural beauty and unique values. The NPSFM recognises this, and allows for exceptional water bodies to have special protection. Protection does not lesson the importance of, or value associated with, other water bodies, which are managed through other parts of the NPSFM.
In June 2017, this Regional Council endorsed an approach, co-designed with the tāngata whenua representatives of the Regional Planning Committee, to identify outstanding water bodies in Hawke’s Bay.
Staff carried out a high level review of 90 publications, which documented the cultural, recreation, landscape and ecology values associated with 130 water bodies across the region. This was done to build a clearer picture of their value and potential for being classified as outstanding.
In early 2018, the high level review findings were reported to the Regional Planning Committee. The Regional Planning committee selected a list of 21 candidate OWB to proceed for further assessment by staff.
The HBRC and authors of these reports are aware there are numerous areas, including waterbodies, where two or more iwi groups have agreed, shared interests and/or contested overlapping claims within the Hawke's Bay region. The information presented in these reports is not intended to imply any exclusive rights over particular waterbodies for one or more iwi groups, nor does it confirm the validity of the claims of any group(s) over that waterbody. The information is solely for the purpose of recording important cultural and spiritual values identified by iwi groups in the region as sourced from existing published documents.
Cultural, recreation, landscape and ecology value sets
Cultural value set only
Please give your comments on the candidate list of outstanding water bodies in our feedback form below.
Your comments and feedback will be used to further inform the OWB plan change. Later this year, the Regional Planning Committee will finalise its list of outstanding water bodies and release this as part of a proposal to amend regional planning documents under the RMA. Formal public submissions on that proposed plan change will be invited and hearings will be held in 2019, before the Council makes its final decisions.
In July 2018, the council is planning on having further discussions with iwi authorities, treaty settlement entities, city and district councils, Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Council, Department of Conservation and the NZ Forest and Bird Society, regarding the candidate list of outstanding water bodies.