In mid-2023 we’ll begin to update provisions in our Natural Resources Plan (NRP). We are going to split the 2023 change into three separate, but related parts. 

  • Natural Resources Plan - Change 1;
    • Implementing the National Policy Statement for freshwater management for the Te Awarua-o-Porirua Whaitua and Whaitua Te Whanganui-a-Tara.  This includes setting objectives and policies, rules and other methods to manage activities such as urban development, earthworks, stormwater, wastewater and rural land use activities to achieve these objectives.
    • Develop provisions for Te Mana o te Wai.
  • Natural Resources Plan - Change 2:
    • Focusing on Whaitua recommendations for water allocation and flows management for Te Awarua-o-Porirua, and Te Whanganui-a-Tara Whaitua (catchments). 
  • Natural Resources Plan - Change 3:
    • Provisions for management of important biodiversity sites, such as for threatened bird species and significant natural wetlands. Including the identification of new sites.
    • Identifying areas with high or outstanding natural character and amendments to the existing provisions that manage these areas.
    • Provisions to protect drinking water supplies.
    • It will also include minor updates and corrections.

Further changes to the Natural Resources Plan will occur in 2024 that will focus on the Ruamāhanga Whaitua, Kāpiti Coast Whaitua and Wairarapa Coast Whaitua.

More information

Find out more about the timing of these and the RPS changes. 

Find out more about RPS changes.

If you have further questions, or if you’d like to be informed when the NRP change is notified and the submission period opens, please contact the Environmental Policy team at

Updated April 27, 2022 at 8:39 AM

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