Welcome to GW's Hearings Portal for the proposed Natural Resources Plan. 

Hearings are complete, the Panel are in deliberations and drafting its decisions.  Council intends to publicly notify the Decisions on submissions on 31 July 2019, and a notice will be sent to all submitters and further submitters.   

Full printed copies of the Decisions will be available for viewing at all public libraries throughout the Wellington region, and at GWRC Council offices located at:

  • Shed 39, 2 Fryatt Quay Pipitea
  • 15 Walter Street, Te Aro
  • 1056 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt
  • Level 4, Department Building, 35-37 Chapel Street, Masterton  

Any person who made a submission or further submission may appeal the publicly notified decisions to the Environment Court.  Appeals to the Environment Court must be in the prescribed form and lodged with the Environment Court within 30 working days of the public notice of the decisions.  We will provide more information on the appeals process closer to the time.

The Ministry for the Environment website, www.mfe.govt.nz/rma, contains information about the Environment Court and RMA processes.

All updates and information will continue to be made available on the GW portal.  If you have questions about the plan or the hearings, please contact us

Click here to access our GIS Mapping

Hearings held:

Hearing Stream 1   Overall policy framework for the proposed plan, Beneficial Use and Development, & Areas and sites with significant mana whenua values 22 May 2015
Hearing Stream 2 Air Quality Management, Land use in riparian margins and stock access to water bodies, & Soil Conservation 10 July 2017
Hearing Stream 3 Water Allocation & Natural Form and Function 5 September 2017
Hearing Stream 4 Water quality & Stormwater 12 February 2018
Hearing Stream 5 Beds of lakes and rivers, Wetlands and Biodiversity, Discharges to land 

9 April 2018

Hearing Stream 6 Coast, Natural Hazards, Significant historic heritage values, Contaminated land, and hazardous substances, Discharges within community drinking water supply protection areas

28 May 2018

Updates on the Proposed Natural Resources Plan hearing process will be provided periodically:

Click here to access - Update, 8 September 2017

Please be advised that an extension to the time limit for decisions on submissions has been granted to 31 July 2019: