Part 1, clause 2 (a) of the Second Schedule of the RMA states that a Regional Coastal Plan may, where appropriate, provide for the recognition of opportunities for recreation and other forms of development. Pursuant to the decision of the Environment Court in Pacific Paradise Limited and Tairua Marina Limited v Waikato Regional Council, (RMA 789/97) this chapter relates to the provision of a marina development at an identified locality in Tairua Harbour.
The Court’s decision acknowledges that a series of approvals/consents and provisions under previous statutory regimes provided for the establishment of a marina in Tairua Harbour at the identified location near the Harbour entrance. The marina development provided for by these approvals/consents and provisions has been partially implemented.
The provision for a marina in this location is also consistent with the Waikato Regional Policy Statement which identifies the recreational and tourist activities arising from beach settlements, harbours and the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula as being of national significance. The policy statement identifies the three key areas of this activity as being Whitianga-Cooks Beach, Tairua-Pauanui and Whangamata. The provision of marina activities through the provisions of the Coastal Plan is a response to the implementation methods suggested in the Regional Policy Statement requiring the establishment of performance criteria to guide use and development in the CMA.
Some of the benefits arising from marina development in the identified area of Tairua Harbour include:
The further development of marina facilities at Tairua may conflict with uses and values. However the potential adverse effects may be able to be avoided, remedied or mitigated by appropriate construction and design of the marina and through sensitive management and operational practices.
Adverse effects may include: