Updates : 2012

Trustpower's application to vary the Rakaia River Water Conservation Order

December 2012 Introduction The ability to ensure consistent supply of water from source waterways is critical to the viability of any irrigation scheme. This is particularly relevant to the Central Plains Water Scheme, which requires water to be diverted from the Rakaia River and is subject to...

Revising the Principles of the RMA

A review of the recommended amendments to sections 6 and 7 of the RMA July 2012 As part the Government’s phase II reforms of the RMA, a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was established to review and recommend changes to sections 6 and 7 of the RMA. The TAG Report was made available on 6 July...

Much awaited RMA changes tabled in Parliament

As expected, the Government has announced it intends to amend the RMA, and has signalled that further amendments are likely in early 2013. The Resource Management Amendment Bill 2012 had its first reading in Parliament on December 11 and looks to carry on from prior reforms. Whilst early days,...

Land Use Recovery Plan proposed

Gerry Brownlee, the Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery has directed that Environment Canterbury (ECan), prepare a Land Use Recovery Plan for greater Christchurch. The Land Use Recovery Plan will consider residential and business land use prioritisation for the next 10-15 years, and have...

One Plan continues to face strong opposition

Federated Farmers continues to be critical of Horizons One Plan. Federated Farmers, who have labelled the new plan “Farmergeddon”, claim the new plan will impact on farm profitability in the region of 22 to 43%. And it appears Federated Farmers is receiving support for its claims from Central...

Proposed amendments to the RMA

In line with its programme for “simplifying and streamlining” the Resource Management Act, the Government has announced further changes to the Act are not far away. In particular, the Government intends to introduce a six month time limit on the council processing of medium sized consents,...

Horizons' One Plan

November 2012 Introduction On 6 September 2012 the Environment Court released its decision on the Horizons Regional Council’s One Plan, which covers a substantial part of the central and southern North Island. The One Plan seeks to address four key region wide issues: declining water quality;...

New Legislation To Manage Ocean Activities

On 3 September 2012 the Exclusive Economic and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 came into force. Its purpose is to fill a gap in New Zealand legislation which currently exists in relation to the management of activities in New Zealand’s oceans beyond 12 nautical miles. The new...

Proposed Canterbury Land & Water Regional Plan

September 2012 On 11 August 2012, Environment Canterbury notified the Proposed Land and Water Regional Plan (“the LWRP”) for public submission. This article provides a short summary of some of the key changes introduced by the LWRP and the likely implications. The key message is that...

Proposed Land & Water Regional Plan

On 11 August 2012, the Canterbury Regional Council notified its Proposed Land and Water Regional Plan. This is a significant plan that contains rules affecting a wide range of activities throughout the Canterbury region. The Land and Water Plan will replace the majority of the current Natural...