Summary of key issues with the current District Plan

over 1 year ago

As a result of the review of current policies and rules specific to sites and areas of cultural significance, the following issues with the current District Plan have been identified:

  • Outdated definition of wāhi tapu and wāhi taonga
  • Very limited rules as current District Plan focuses only on management of earthworks and the accidental discovery of artefacts as the tool to protect sites and areas of cultural significance.
  • Traditional approach to how sites and areas of cultural significance are identified and protected ie similar to archeological or heritage sites, which overlooks cultural considerations.
  • The following potential risks/threats to wāhi tapu and wāhi taonga identified by local Rūnanga are not presently provided for in the current District Plan:
    • contaminated land
    • subdivision
    • vegetation removal and clearance
    • disturbance of wetlands, riparian margins and waipuna
    • restrictions on access
    • structures, utilities and roads
    • intensive farming and heavy industry
    • commercial forestry
    • commercial recreation and tourism.

Consultation has concluded