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4.2.6 Whitebait Stands

4.2.6.1 Permitted Activity Rule – Whitebait Stands

  1. Unless controlled by Rule 4.2.5.1 the use, erection, reconstruction, placement, extension or alteration of any structure, and associated bed disturbance, in, on, under or over the bed of any river or lake bed for the purpose of catching whitebait, and
  2. Any discharge of sediment associated with construction activities;

are permitted activities subject to the following conditions:

  1. No damage to river protection works or to any existing structure shall occur as a result of the structure.
  2. The structure shall be located at least 30 metres from the closest neighbouring whitebait stand on the same bank of the river.
  3. Except that as provided for in condition d) of this Rule, the deck of the structure shall not exceed four square metres. This area does not include accessways onto the structure.
  4. In the Waikato River from the Tuakau Bridge downstream to the coastal marine area boundary (as defined in the Regional Coastal Plan 28 August 1997), the deck of the structure shall not exceed six square metres. This area does not include accessways onto the structure.
  5. The structure shall not be located on the bed of any river at a point not exceeding 10 metres wide.
  6. The structure shall not extend out into the river from the river bank for more than 10 percent of the river width, or five metres, whichever is the lesser.
  7. The structure shall be located at least 20 metres from any flood gate, confluence, culvert, bridge or sand/gravel mining operation.
  8. The structure shall not impede the flow of water.
  9. The structure shall be maintained in a structurally sound condition at all times.
  10. The owner of the structure shall inform the Waikato Regional Council in writing, of the location of the structure at least 10 working days prior to commencing construction.
  11. The structure shall be open piled*.
  12. The activity shall not disturb any archaeological site or waahi tapu as identified at the date of notification of this Plan, in any district plan, in the NZ Archaeological Association’s Site Recording Scheme, or by the Historic Places Trust except where Historic Places Trust approval has been obtained.
  13. In the event of any waahi tapu that is not subject to condition l) being identified by the Waikato Regional Council to the person undertaking the use, erection, reconstruction, placement, extension or alteration of the structure, the activity shall cease insofar as it may affect the waahi tapu. The activity shall not be recommenced without the approval of the Waikato Regional Council.
  14. The construction works shall comply with the suspended solids discharge standards as set out in Section 4.2.21 of this Plan.
  15. Any erosion occurring as a result of the structure shall be remedied as soon as practicable.
  16. The structure shall be kept free of debris.
  17. All equipment and surplus construction materials shall be removed from the river or lake bed and the floodplain on the completion of that activity.
  18. No contaminants (including, but not limited to, oil, hydraulic fluids, petrol, diesel, other fuels, paint or solvents, but excluding sediment) shall be discharged to water from the activity.

Advisory Notes:

  • If any of these conditions cannot be complied with, then the activity is a discretionary activity in accordance with Rule 4.2.4.4.
  • The Department of Conversation also administers regulations associated with whitebaiting. People should contact the Department of Conservation to ascertain if any further approvals are required.
  • Where waahi tapu site is identified whilst undertaking the activity, the process that Waikato Regional Council will follow in order to implement condition m) is set out in Section 2.3.4.22 of this Plan. 

Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Method 4.2.6.1
Whitebait stands are considered to be structures that have minor or no adverse effects and are therefore permitted in line with Policy 1 of Section 4.2.3 on low impact structures.

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