Welcome to GWRC's Portal for the proposed Natural Resources Plan (PNRP). The integrated PNRP replaces five regional plans for managing the coast, soil, discharges to land, fresh water and air.  


The PNRP was originally notified on 31 July 2015 and the Decisions Version of the PNRP was publicly notified on 31 July 2019.  An ‘Appeals Version’ of the PNRP was provided on this page by the Council to show what provisions were subject to appeal and to reflect changes to provisions as consent orders were issued by the Environment Court.  All appeals have now been resolved and all consent orders issued.  The rules are therefore deemed operative under section 86F of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). 


The current version of the PNRP is the ‘Appeals Version – final 2022’.  This shows all changes to the provisions since the Decisions Version as black underline/strikethrough. The changes are as a result of consent orders, clause 16 amendments and/or additions/changes required by a national direction.


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Appeals Version – final 2022




The PNRP will not be fully operative until a number of steps have been completed.  This includes Council adopting the Regional Coastal Plan part of the PNRP under clause 18 of the First Schedule to the RMA on 25 August 2022 and then referring that part to the Minister of Conservation under clause 19 of the First Schedule to the RMA for any amendments by the Minister and then approval.  The Council then needs to approve the part of the PNRP that is not part of the Regional Coastal Plan under clause 17 of the First Schedule to the RMA and set the date it will become operative under clause 20 of the First Schedule to the RMA.  The Council is required to publicly notify the date on which it will become operative – at least five working days before the date on which it becomes operative.


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