Taiao - Environment
Kia ora Koutou, this is our first Pānui for the 2018 – 2019 financial year.
I am pleased that our service agreement has been going well and Ngāti Apa and Ngāti Kuia have formally agreed to continue the arrangement for the rest of the financial year. Over and above our contract work, the Ngāti Apa board have also asked us to undertake some other projects to build the Ngāti Apa Taiao Pou for the coming years, and to identify key matters, sites and issues that need protection and improvement. We hope to complete the first of these projects by the end of June.
We continue to work with the three councils to improve communication and timeliness on Resource Management Act matters, including consents and plan changes. Nelson City Council is proposing to publically notify their ‘second generation’ Plan later this year. We will have several months to review the plan before this happens which is a great improvement to the RMA. Ngāti Kuia have attended nearly all of the Iwi working groups over the last three years and we have already had a substantial influence on the draft document.
Tasman District Council will begin reviewing their regional policy statement by November this year. Both of these documents dictate what anyone can (or can’t) do with any resource including their own land, rivers, the coastal environment and air discharges within the region. It is anticipated Ngāti Apa interests will be affected by these plans. We will be sure to keep you up to date on this work though pānui.