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Outstanding Waterbodies Plan Change (PC7)

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council proposes to change the Regional Resource Management Plan to include a list of the region’s outstanding water bodies, and to introduce a framework which prescribes a high level of protection for these water bodies in future plan making.

The Outstanding Water Bodies Plan Change was publicly notified for submissions in August 2019.

  • The notified version of the proposed Outstanding Water Bodies Plan Change identified 38 water bodies as outstanding. This included the Heretaunga and Ruataniwha Aquifers. 

HortNZ  submitted on the  Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s proposed Outstanding Water Bodies Plan Change and presented evidence at the hearing in Hawke’s Bay in November 2020.

The Hearing Panel's decisions on the proposed plan change were notified in June 2021.

  • The decision determined that only 15 of the notified 38 waterbodies should be included as outstanding, and make amendments to the policy framework (including to distinguish between existing and new activities, in relation to the protection of outstanding values).

The decision has been appealled to the Environment Court. HortNZ has joined those appeals as an interested party. 

Click here to read HortNZ's summary of the OWB decision.