Final call on submissions

NRC chairman Bill Shepherd

Time is running out to have a say on the Northland Regional Council’s Proposed Regional Plan which is effectively an updated rulebook for the way Northland’s water, air, soil and coast are used and managed.

The plan which has been labelled as “one of the most important documents council has consulted on for many years” by NRC chairman Bill Shepherd will close its 10-week formal public consultation period at 4pm on November 15

“It will impact — both directly and indirectly — on most Northlanders in some way,” said Mr Shepherd.

“If you’ve got an interest in Northland’s natural resources and care about how these are managed, then my fellow councillors and I strongly urge you to familiarise yourself with the proposed plan and make a submission before the deadline.”

The formal public consultation period which has run over the last nine weeks had only received around 40 submissions as of November 6, however Mr Shepherd was expecting more to come in as the deadline drew closer.

The proposed plan will replace three existing regional plans which are more than a decade old. 

“More than three years in the making, our proposed plan is less than a quarter of the combined size of the three plans it will replace and also represents substantial input by numerous stakeholders along the way,” he said.

In a new approach to freshwater management, the Proposed Regional Plan also has some tailor-made rules for five priority water catchments which includes Pouto.

The full Proposed Regional plan is available online at:


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