Waikato Regional Coastal Plan review

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Waikato Regional Coastal Plan review | Te arotake i te Mahere Takutai Moana ā-Rohe o Waikato


Waikato Regional Council has been making changes to its Regional Coastal Plan with input from iwi, coastal residents and users, industry and other key stakeholders on the issues and gaps identified with the current plan.

A common theme raised by our iwi partners and stakeholders has been the protection of indigenous biodiversity and historic heritage sites along our coasts. Improving ecosystem health and biodiversity has also been at the core of a range of coastal matters concerning the allocation of space for aquaculture, management of fishery practices, disturbances as well as the protection of social and recreational values, and the recognition of mātauranga Māori and other cultural practices.

This feedback has prompted the council to consider whether the revisions in the draft coastal plan should go further to protect areas of indigenous biodiversity and historic heritage by restricting some recreational and commercial activities in specific areas of the coastal marine area.

The council has identified and mapped potential sites and areas which we want to test with you to find out if they are appropriate or whether other sites and areas need to be included. We also want to know if the provisions we are proposing are adequate or whether they need to go further.

Your voice matters | He mana tō reo

We want your input to help identify where and how we should protect areas of historical, cultural and biodiversity value within the coastal marine area. The feedback you share will help to inform further revisions to the draft coastal plan which will likely affect how recreational and commercial activities are managed through the coastal plan.

Please take a moment to share your views on your topic of interest by completing one (or all) of the feedback forms below.

We’re also keen to find out more about the sites that hold historical, cultural and biodiversity value to you through our interactive map. You can show us where these sites are by dropping a pin on its location and if you want, tell us about the site and what it means to you.

You are able to share your views in our feedback form and interactive map.


Kina image: Luke van Helden.


Waikato Regional Coastal Plan review | Te arotake i te Mahere Takutai Moana ā-Rohe o Waikato


Waikato Regional Council has been making changes to its Regional Coastal Plan with input from iwi, coastal residents and users, industry and other key stakeholders on the issues and gaps identified with the current plan.

A common theme raised by our iwi partners and stakeholders has been the protection of indigenous biodiversity and historic heritage sites along our coasts. Improving ecosystem health and biodiversity has also been at the core of a range of coastal matters concerning the allocation of space for aquaculture, management of fishery practices, disturbances as well as the protection of social and recreational values, and the recognition of mātauranga Māori and other cultural practices.

This feedback has prompted the council to consider whether the revisions in the draft coastal plan should go further to protect areas of indigenous biodiversity and historic heritage by restricting some recreational and commercial activities in specific areas of the coastal marine area.

The council has identified and mapped potential sites and areas which we want to test with you to find out if they are appropriate or whether other sites and areas need to be included. We also want to know if the provisions we are proposing are adequate or whether they need to go further.

Your voice matters | He mana tō reo

We want your input to help identify where and how we should protect areas of historical, cultural and biodiversity value within the coastal marine area. The feedback you share will help to inform further revisions to the draft coastal plan which will likely affect how recreational and commercial activities are managed through the coastal plan.

Please take a moment to share your views on your topic of interest by completing one (or all) of the feedback forms below.

We’re also keen to find out more about the sites that hold historical, cultural and biodiversity value to you through our interactive map. You can show us where these sites are by dropping a pin on its location and if you want, tell us about the site and what it means to you.

You are able to share your views in our feedback form and interactive map.


Kina image: Luke van Helden.

  • The east and west coast of the Waikato have natural and scenic landscape qualities that are unique to our region. Activities in the coastal marine area can impact on these qualities and the characteristics or seascapes that depict our unique coastal environment.


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  • The Waikato region’s coastal marine area has a number of recorded archaeological sites; however, there are many sites still unrecorded or unidentified. If not managed appropriately, activities in the coastal marine area can result in damage to or loss of this historic heritage.


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  • Some ecosystems and habitats can only be found in our coastal environments, such as estuaries, lagoons, coastal wetlands, rocky reef systems, intertidal zones, eelgrass and saltmarshes. These coastal environments are home to some of our region’s indigenous plants and animals which can be vulnerable to activities in the coastal marine area.


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  • Balancing economic growth and protecting and enhancing the health of our coastal environment is enabled by the coastal plan. It directs where activities should be avoided and where they are appropriate in the coastal marine area, and provides the objectives, policies and rules to manage these activities.


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Page last updated: 06 Sep 2022, 07:49 AM