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4.2.7 Maimai, Game Bird Hunting Structures Permitted Activity Rule – Maimai, Game Bird Hunting Structures

  1. Unless controlled by Rule the use, erection, reconstruction, placement, alteration or extension of a maimai or structure for the purposes of game bird hunting, and associated bed disturbance, in, on, under or over any river or lake bed, and
  2. any discharge of sediment associated with construction activities;

are permitted activities subject to the following conditions:

  1. The floor area of the structure shall not exceed 10 square metres.
  2. The overall (maximum) height of the structure shall not exceed 2.5 metres from the floor height.
  3. The floor of the structure shall be no higher than 0.5 metres above maximum water level.
  4. The structure shall not impede the free flow of water.
  5. The structure shall be located at least 20 metres from any flood gate, culvert, bridge, or confluence
  6. The structure shall provide for the safe passage of fish both upstream and downstream.
  7. The structure shall be maintained in a structurally sound condition at all times.
  8. The structure shall be open piled.
  9. All equipment and surplus construction materials shall be removed from the river or lake bed and the floodplain on the completion of that activity.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. In the event of any waahi tapu that is not subject to condition k) being identified by the Waikato Regional Council to the person undertaking the use, erection, reconstruction, placement, extension or alteration, 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.
  13. The construction works shall comply with the suspended solids discharge standards as set out in Section 4.2.21 of this Plan.
  14. Any erosion occurring as a result of the structure shall be remedied as soon as practicable.
  15. This rule shall not apply to activities located in, on, under or over the bed of a river or lake that is a Significant Geothermal Feature.

Advisory Notes:

  • Fish and Game New Zealand administer regulations relating to game bird hunting. People should contact this agency to ascertain if any further approvals are required.
  • Separation distances for maimai are governed by the Wildlife Regulations 1955, which require a minimum of 90 metres.
  • The use, erection, reconstruction, placement, alteration or extension of a maimai or structure for the purposes of game bird hunting in or on the bed of a river or lake that does not comply with Rule is a discretionary activity in accordance with Rule
  • Maimai guidelines have been developed by Land Information NZ, Department of Conservation, and Fish & Game New Zealand and are available at the offices of those organisations. People using the guidelines must comply with the conditions of Rule
  • Where waahi tapu site is identified whilst undertaking the activity, the process that Waikato Regional Council will follow in order to implement condition l) is set out in Section of this Plan.
  • Where a structure or activity is to be located in, on, under or over the bed of a water body that is Significant Geothermal Feature, Rules to shall apply. Significant Geothermal Features are defined in the Glossary, and in Development and Limited Development Geothermal Systems, identified on maps in Section 7.10 of this Plan.


Explanation and Principal Reasons for Adopting Method
Maimai are considered to be structures that cause 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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