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Waikato Regional Plan (online version)


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Some of the sections in the plan refer to Waikato Regional Plan maps. These maps show where waterbodies and geothermal systems in the region are classified for specific management purposes.
>> You can see the water allocation maps (external link) and the geothermal maps here on this website.
 The other maps are available to view at Waikato Regional Council's offices. Please contact us for further information.

Table of contents

  Chairman's Foreword
  Readers Guide
    Introduction (external link)
    Structure of the Plan (external link)
    Abbreviations and Symbols (external link)
    Relationship Between Rules and Resource Consents (external link)
    Activity Guide (external link)
1 Approaches to Resource Management
  1.1 Introduction (external link)
    1.1.1 Area Covered by the Plan (external link)
  1.2 Approaches to Resource Management
    1.2.1 Background (external link)
    1.2.2 Issues (external link)
    1.2.3 Objectives (external link)
    1.2.4 Policies (external link)
    1.2.5 Implementation Methods (external link)
    1.2.6 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
  1.3 Monitoring the Effectiveness of the Plan (external link)
  1.4 Review of the Plan (external link)
  1.5 Processes to Address Cross-Boundary Issues (external link)
  1.6 Responsibilities of Resource Users Under the RMA (external link)
2 Matters of Significance to Maori
  2.1 Introduction (external link)
    2.1.1 General (external link)
    2.1.2 Broad Tribal Groups (external link)
  2.2 Iwi in the Waikato Region (external link)
    2.2.1 The Iwi of Hauraki (external link)
    2.2.2 Raukawa (external link)
    2.2.3 Waikato-Tainui (external link)
    2.2.4 Ngati Maniapoto (external link)
    2.2.5 Ngati Tuwharetoa (external link)
    2.2.6 Pouakani (external link)
  2.3 Tangata Whenua Relationship with Natural and Physical Resources
    2.3.1 Issue (external link)
    2.3.2 Objective (external link)
    2.3.3 Policies (external link)
    2.3.4 Implementation Methods (external link)
    2.3.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    2.3.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
3 Water Module
    Policies included in the Regional Plan in accordance with the NPS on Freshwater Management (external link)
  3.1 Water Resources (external link)
    3.1.1 Issue (external link)
    3.1.2 Objective (external link)
    3.1.3 Clarification of the Relationship between Water and Geothermal Modules (external link)
    3.1.4 Monitoring Options (external link)
  3.2 Management of Water Resources (external link)
    3.2.1 Issue (external link)
    3.2.2 Objective (external link)
    3.2.3 Policies
    3.2.4 Implementation Methods - Water Management Classes and Standards
    3.2.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    3.2.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
  3.3 Water Takes (external link)
    3.3.1 Issue (external link)
    3.3.2 Objective (external link)
    3.3.3 Policies
    3.3.4 Implementation Methods – Water takes
      Water allocation maps (external link)
  3.4 Efficient Use of Water
    3.4.1 Issue
    3.4.2 Objective
    3.4.3 Policies
    3.4.4 Implementation methods – Transfer of water take permits
    3.4.5 Implementation methods – The use of water
  3.5 Discharges*
    3.5.1 Issue
    3.5.2 Objective
    3.5.3 Policies
    3.5.4 Implementation Methods - Discharges
    3.5.5 Implementation Methods - Farm Effluent Discharges
    3.5.6 Implementation Methods - Discharge of Biosolids* and Sludges or Liquids from Activated Sludge Treatment Processes to Land
    3.5.7 Implementation Methods - On-Site Sewage Discharges
    3.5.8 Implementation Methods - Well and Aquifer Testing Discharges
    3.5.9 Implementation Methods - Tracer Discharges
    3.5.10 Implementation Methods - Drainage Water Discharges
    3.5.11 Implementation Methods - Stormwater Discharges
    3.5.12 High Risk Facilities
    3.5.13 Environmental Results Anticipated
    3.5.14 Monitoring Options
  3.6 Damming and Diverting (external link)
    3.6.1 Issue (external link)
    3.6.2 Objective (external link)
    3.6.3 Policies (external link)
    3.6.4 Implementation Methods - Damming and Diverting (external link)
    3.6.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    3.6.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
    3.6.7 Spillway Requirements (external link)
  3.7 Wetlands*
    3.7.1 Issue (external link)
    3.7.2 Objective (external link)
    3.7.3 Policies
    3.7.4 Implementation Methods - Wetlands
    3.7.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    3.7.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
    3.7.7 Table of Wetlands in the Waikato Region for Rule (external link)
    3.7.8 Examples of Wetlands (external link)
  3.8 Drilling* (external link)
    3.8.1 Issue (external link)
    3.8.2 Objective (external link)
    3.8.3 Policies (external link)
    3.8.4 Implementation Methods - Drilling (external link)
    3.8.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    3.8.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
  3.9 Non-Point Source Discharges* (external link)
    3.9.1 Issue (external link)
    3.9.2 Objective (external link)
    3.9.3 Policies (external link)
    3.9.4 Implementation Methods - Non-Point Source Discharges (external link)
    3.9.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    3.9.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
    3.9.7 Guidance Notes for the Use of Fertiliser (external link)
  3.10 Lake Taupo Catchment (external link)
    3.10.1 Issues (external link)
    3.10.2 Objectives (external link)
    3.10.3 Policies (external link)
    3.10.4 Non-regulatory implementation methods
    3.10.5 Implementation Methods – Land Use and Discharge Controls (external link)
    3.10.6 Implementation Methods – Domestic Wastewater Treatment and Land Application (external link)
    3.10.7 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    3.10.8 Procedure for Monitoring Objectives, Policies and Methods (external link)
    3.10.9 Map of Lake Taupo Catchment (external link)
4 River and Lake Bed Module
  4.1 River and Lake Bed* Management (external link)
  4.2 River and Lake Bed Structures
    4.2.1 Issue (external link)
    4.2.2 Objective (external link)
    4.2.3 Policies (external link)
    4.2.4 Implementation Methods - Structures In, On, Under or Over the Beds of Lakes and Rivers (external link)
    4.2.5 Existing Lawfully Established Structures (external link)
    4.2.6 Whitebait Stands (external link)
    4.2.7 Maimai, Game Bird Hunting Structures (external link)
    4.2.8 Bridges (external link)
    4.2.9 Culverts (external link)
    4.2.10 Discharge and Intake Structures (external link)
    4.2.11 Fords* (external link)
    4.2.12 Boat Ramps and Jetties (external link)
    4.2.13 Moorings*, Navigational Markers, Safety/Interception Booms, Signs, Ski Lane Markers and Canoe Gates (external link)
    4.2.14 Lines, Cables, Pipelines, Ropeways and Associated Structures (external link)
    4.2.15 Erosion Control Structures (external link)
    4.2.16 Channel Training Structures* (external link)
    4.2.17 Monitoring and Sampling Structures (external link)
    4.2.18 Maintaining Access for Maintenance of Artificial Watercourses and Beds of Rivers in Drainage Districts and River Control Scheme Areas (external link)
    4.2.19 Gradient Control Structures (external link)
    4.2.20 Removal or Demolition of a Structure or Part of a Structure (external link)
    4.2.21 Suspended Solids Discharge Standards for Permitted Activity Rules in Chapters 4.2 and 4.3 (external link)
    4.2.22 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    4.2.23 Monitoring Options (external link)
  4.3 River and Lake Bed Disturbances
    4.3.1 Issues (external link)
    4.3.2 Objective (external link)
    4.3.3 Policies (external link)
    4.3.4 Implementation Methods - Disturbances of the Beds of Lakes and Rivers (external link)
    4.3.5 Implementation Methods - Livestock Access to Water Bodies (external link)
    4.3.6 Implementation Methods - Disturbance of River and Lake Beds Associated with the Maintenance of a Lawfully Established Structure (external link)
    4.3.7 Implementation Methods - Sand and Gravel Extraction (external link)
    4.3.8 Implementation Methods - Introduction or Planting of Vegetation and Tree Layering on the Beds and Banks of Rivers and Lakes (external link)
    4.3.9 Clearance of Vegetation In, On or Under the Beds of Rivers and Lakes (external link)
    4.3.10 – Removal of Obstructions (external link)
    4.3.11 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    4.3.12 Monitoring Options (external link)
  4.4 Lake Taupo Mooring Maps
    4.4.1 Zoned Maps Areas (external link)
    4.4.2 Prohibited Mooring Maps (external link)
    4.4.3 Existing Public Moorings (external link)
5 Land and Soil Module
  5.1 Accelerated Erosion* (external link)
    5.1.1 Issue (external link)
    5.1.2 Objective (external link)
    5.1.3 Policies (external link)
    5.1.4 Implementation Methods - Accelerated Erosion (external link)
    5.1.5 Conditions for Permitted Activity Rule and Standards and Terms for Controlled Activity Rules (external link)
    5.1.6 Matters over which Waikato Regional Council will Reserve Control (external link)
    5.1.7 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    5.1.8 Monitoring Options (external link)
  5.2 Discharges Onto or Into Land (external link)
    5.2.1 Issue (external link)
    5.2.2 Objective (external link)
    5.2.3 Policies (external link)
    5.2.4 Implementation Methods - Discharges Onto or Into Land (external link)
    5.2.5 Implementation Methods - Cleanfilling* and Overburden* Disposal (external link)
    5.2.6 Implementation Methods - Dumps* and Offal* Holes on Production Land (external link)
    5.2.7 Implementation Methods - Landfills (external link)
    5.2.8 Implementation Methods - Composting of Green Waste* and Other Organic Materials (external link)
    5.2.9 Implementation Methods - Dust Suppression (external link)
    5.2.10 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    5.2.11 Monitoring Options (external link)
    5.2.12 Good Practice Guide on Location of Dumps and Offal Holes on Production Land (external link)
  5.3 Contaminated Land* (external link)
    5.3.1 Issue (external link)
    5.3.2 Objective (external link)
    5.3.3 Policies (external link)
    5.3.4 Implementation Methods - Contaminated Land (external link)
    5.3.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    5.3.6 Monitoring Options
6 Air Module
  6.1 Regional and Local Air Management (external link)
    6.1.1 Issue (external link)
    6.1.2 Objective1 (external link)
    6.1.3 Policies (external link)
    6.1.4 Implementation Methods - Regional and Local Air Management (external link)
    6.1.5 Implementation Methods - Domestic Sources (external link)
    6.1.6 Implementation Methods - Transport Sources (external link)
    6.1.7 Implementation Methods - Effects of Land Use on Air Quality (external link)
    6.1.8 Standard Conditions for Permitted Activity Rules and Standards and Terms for Controlled and Restricted Discretionary Activity Rules (external link)
    6.1.9 Implementation Methods - General Rules (external link)
    6.1.10 Implementation Methods - Discharges of Contaminants from Abrasive Blasting (external link)
    6.1.11 Implementation Methods - Coating Processes (including Spray Painting), Diisocyanate and Organic Plasticiser Processes (external link)
    6.1.12 Implementation Methods - Combustion Processes for Fuel Conversion to Useful Heat, Electricity or Work (external link)
    6.1.13 Implementation Methods - Discharges to Air From Combustion Processes* (external link)
    6.1.14 Implementation Methods - Processing, Storage, Transfer and Flaring of Hydrocarbons and Biogas (external link)
    6.1.15 Implementation Methods - Managing Discharges to Air from Intensive Indoor Farming (external link)
    6.1.16 Implementation Methods - Mineral Extraction, Size Reduction, Screening and Storage (external link)
    6.1.17 Implementation Methods - Metal Processing (external link)
    6.1.18 Implementation Methods - Waste Management Process (external link)
    6.1.19 Implementation Methods - Other Activities (external link)
    6.1.20 Implementation Methods - Cooling Processes (external link)
    6.1.21 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    6.1.22 Monitoring Options (external link)
  6.2 The Discharge of Agrichemicals into Air (external link)
    6.2.1 Issues (external link)
    6.2.2 Objective (external link)
    6.2.3 Policy (external link)
    6.2.4 Implementation Methods (external link)
    6.2.5 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
    6.2.6 Monitoring Options (external link)
    6.2.7 Spray Checklist (external link)
    6.2.8 Guidelines for Assessment and Enforcement (external link)
    6.2.9 Potential Spray Drift Hazard Chart1 (external link)
    6.2.10 Performance requirements for qualifications to apply agrichemicals
  6.3 Regional Ambient Air Quality Guidelines (external link)
  6.4 Guidelines for Assessment (external link)
    6.4.1 Guidelines for Assessing Odour (external link)
    6.4.2 Guidelines for Assessing Particulate Matter (external link)
7 Geothermal Module
  7.1 Clarification of the Relationship between the Water and Geothermal Modules (external link)
  7.2.1 Background and Explanation (external link)
  7.3 Issues and Objectives (external link)
  7.4 Policies (external link)
  7.5 General Non-Regulatory Implementation Methods
    7.5.1 Geothermal Characteristics Valued by Tangata Whenua (external link)
    7.5.2 Environmental Education (external link)
    7.5.3 Integrated Management (external link)
    7.5.4 Consistency of District Plans (external link)
    7.5.5 Geothermal Features in Protected Systems (external link)
    7.5.6 Guidelines for Applicants (external link)
  7.6 Regional Rules
    7.6.1 Takes and Discharges in Development Systems (external link)
    7.6.2 Takes and Discharges in Limited Development Systems (external link)
    7.6.3 Takes and Discharges in Research Systems (external link)
    7.6.4 Takes and Discharges in Protected Systems (external link)
    7.6.5 Takes and Discharges in Small Systems (external link)
    7.6.6 Surface Activities Affecting Significant Geothermal Features (external link)
  7.7 Environmental Results Anticipated (external link)
  7.8 Monitoring Options (external link)
  7.9 Maps of Geothermal Systems
    7.9.1 Development Geothermal Systems (external link)
    7.9.2 Limited Development Geothermal Systems (external link)
    7.9.3 Research Geothermal Systems (external link)
    7.9.4 Protected Geothermal Systems (external link)
  7.10 Maps of Significant Geothermal Features and Geothermal Water Features
    7.10.1 Significant Geothermal Features and Geothermal Water Features in Development Geothermal Systems (external link)
    7.10.2 Significant Geothermal Features and Geothermal Water Features in Limited Development Geothermal Systems
8 Information Requirements
  8.1 Assessment Criteria and Information Requirements (external link)
    8.1.1 General Information Requirements for all Applications (external link)
    8.1.2 Water and Geothermal (external link)
    8.1.3 Rivers and Lake Beds (external link)
    8.1.4 Land and Soil (external link)
    8.1.5 Air (external link)
    8.1.6 Geothermal (external link)
    8.1.7 Further Information (external link)
  Glossary of Terms

Download the plan in PDF format

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Chairman's Foreword

Chairman's Foreword and readers guide [PDF, 734 KB]
734 kb

Readers guide
  Structure of the plan
  Abbreviations and symbols
  Relationships between rules and resource consents
  Activity guide

1 Approaches to resource management

Chapter 1: Approaches to resource management [PDF, 156 KB] [PDF, 156 KB]
156 kb

  1.1 Introduction
  1.2 Approaches to resource management
  1.3 Monitoring the effectiveness of the plan
  1.4 Review of the plan
  1.5 Processes to address cross-boundary issues
  1.6 Responsibilities of resource users under the RMA [PDF, 75 KB]

2 Matters of significance to Maori

Chapter 2: Matters of significance to Maori [PDF, 75 KB]
76 kb

  2.1 Introduction
  2.2 Iwi in the Waikato region
  2.3 Tangata Whenua relationship with natural and physical resources

3 Water module Chapter 3: Water module [PDF, 1.7 MB]
1728 kb
  3.1 Water resources
  3.2 Management of water resources
  3.3 Water takes
  3.4 Efficient use of water
  3.5 Discharges
  3.6 Damming and diverting
  3.7 Wetlands
  3.8 Drilling
  3.9 Non-point source discharges
  3.10 Lake Taupo Catchment

4 River and lake bed module

Chapter 4: River and lake bed module [PDF, 897 KB]

  4.1 River and lake bed management
  4.2 River and lake bed structures
  4.3 River and lake bed disturbances
  4.4 Lake Taupo mooring maps

5 Land and soil module

Chapter 5: Land and soil module [PDF, 550 KB]
551 kb

  5.1 Accelerated erosion
  5.2 Discharges onto or into land
  5.3 Contaminated land

6 Air module

Chapter 6: Air module [PDF, 299 KB]
299 kb

  6.1 Regional and local air management
  6.2 The discharge of agrichemicals into air
  6.3 Regional ambient air quality guidelines
  6.4 Guidelines for assessment

7 Geothermal module  

Clarification of the Relationship between the Water and Geothermal Modules

Chapter 7 Geothermal module [PDF, 14 MB]
  7.2 Background and explanation  
  7.3 Issues and objectives  
  7.4 Policies  
  7.5 General non-regulatory implementation methods  
  7.6 Regional rules  
  7.7 Environmental results anticipated  
  7.8 Monitoring Options  
  7.9 Maps of Geothermal Systems  
  7.10 Maps of significant geothermal features and geothermal water features  

8 Information requirements Chapter 8 Information requirements [PDF, 74 KB]
73 kb
  8.1 Assessment criteria and information requirements


Glossary [PDF, 188 KB]
188 kb

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