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Waikato Regional Plan

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On this page:  Plan variations, ordering the Waikato Regional Plan, providing feedback.

>> Click here to read the Waikato Regional Plan online

>> Click here to read about the Waikato Regional Plan review.

The Waikato Regional Plan contains policy and methods to manage the natural and physical resources of the Waikato region. The plan implements the Regional Policy Statement. To find out about rules that apply to particular activities refer to the activity guide within the plan.

About the Waikato Regional Plan

Plan status

The Waikato Regional Plan is now operative in full.

What area does the plan cover?

The plan applies across the whole of the Waikato region, although some objectives, policies and rules apply only in specific parts of the region.

Please note:  The boundary between the Waikato region and the Auckland region was amended on 1 November 2010 in accordance with the Local Government (Auckland Council) Act 2009.  As a result of the realignment of the boundary between the Waikato Regional Council and the Auckland Council there are parts of the Waikato Region that were previously part of the Auckland Region. Until the Waikato Regional Plan is amended to address this new area, the planning documents prepared by the Auckland Regional Council (as at 1 November 2010) continue to apply.

The plan does not apply to the coastal marine area (CMA) below mean high water springs.  For objectives, policies and rules in this area refer to the Regional Coastal Plan.

What does the plan contain?

The plan contains objectives, policies and implementation methods for:

  • matters of significance to Maori
  • water quality, flows and levels
  • water takes
  • efficient use of water
  • discharges
  • damming and diverting
  • wetlands
  • drilling
  • non-point source discharges
  • structures on the beds of rivers and lakes
  • river and lake bed disturbance
  • accelerated erosion
  • discharges onto or into land
  • contaminated sites
  • air quality
  • spraydrift
  • cross boundary processes
  • monitoring and review
  • information requirements for resource consents.

Plan variations

Variation No.2 (Geothermal module), Variation No. 5 (Lake Taupo catchment) and Variation No. 7 (Geothermal Maps and minor changes) are incorporated into the online version of this plan.

Variation No. 2 - Geothermal module

Variation No. 2 – Geothermal Module was notified in August 2003. Decisions on submissions were notified in June 2004. The Waikato  Regional Council received a number of appeals to the decisions. All these appeals have now been resolved. Variation No.2 – Geothermal Module became operative on Friday, 7 November 2008. 

Variation No. 5 - Lake Taupo catchment

The Waikato Regional Council proposed a variation to protect water quality in Lake Taupo by managing land use and nutrient discharges.

The Environment Court confirmed the provisions of this variation on Friday, 17 June 2011. The variation became operative on Thursday, 7 July 2011.

Variation No. 6 - Water allocation

The Waikato Regional Council proposed a variation to manage the allocation and use of fresh water over all of the Waikato region.

The Environment Court confirmed the provisions of the variation in February 2012. The variation became operative on Tuesday, 10 April 2012.

Find out more about the water allocation variation.

Variation No. 7 - Minor variations and geothermal maps

The purpose of Variation No. 7 was to make minor changes to improve the workability of the plan and to amend the plan's maps showing significant geothermal features and geothermal water features. This variation became operative on 8 December 2010.

Ordering the plan

 Printed copies of the plan and other associated documents can be purchased. 

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. The maps available online are the geothermal and water allocation maps. The other maps are available to view at Waikato Regional Council's offices.  Hard copies of single maps of a particular location in the region are also available at the cost of reproduction, please contact us(external link) for further information.

Please note the prices for Waikato Regional Plan products may be subject to change.

Printed copy of the plan Price TBC order


Providing feedback

As a user of our policy and plans, help us improve our Waikato Regional Plan.  Please contact us(external link) with your feedback, or to report any errors or inconsistencies.

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