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Tauranga Taupo river - Catchment management plan

Report: TR05/26
Author: River and Catchment Services Group, Environment Waikato

Abstract

This catchment management plan is a guide to the future management of the Tauranga Taupo River and its catchment. As a strategic and long term plan, it establishes a vision for the next 10 years or more and sets out the strategies needed to manage the river and its catchment in a way that meets the aspirations of its stakeholders. It is anticipated that the plan will be reviewed every 5 years through a consultative process with stakeholder parties. The plan will provide the framework within which future prioritising of programmes are confirmed.

This plan has no statutory status at this time although it is intended to reflect the goals and desires of the local community and specific interest groups as articulated through ongoing consultation and liaison. The plan is intended to assist and support planning and decision making processes undertaken by the management agencies and river users.

At present there are no provisions within the Proposed Waikato Regional Plan or the Resource Management Act 1991 (and amendments) that provide statutory status to community or catchment management plans.

It is important to note that this plan could be regarded by consent authorities during consideration of resource consent applications as 'other relevant information', (section 104(1) (c) of the RMA 1991.

This plan sets out a framework and defines the parameters within which future management planning and actions will take place for the Tauranga Taupo River.

Tauranga Taupo River - Catchment Management Plan
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
1.1 Acknowledgement 1
1.2 Objectives/purpose of the plan 1
1.3 Community outcomes 1
1.4 Stakeholder parties 2
2 Stakeholder objectives 3
2.1 Vision for the Tauranga Taupo River 4
3 Legislative and planning framework 4
3.1 Soil Conservation and Rivers Control Act (1941) 4
3.2 Resource Management Act (1991) 5
3.3 Regional Policy Statement (October 2000) 5
3.4 Proposed Waikato Regional Plan (Updated January 2004) 5
3.5 Civil Defence and Emergency Management Act (2002) 6
3.6 Conservation Management Strategy 6
3.7 Taupo District Plan 6
4 Tauranga Taupo River and its catchment 7
4.1 Catchment description 7
4.1.1 Location 7
4.1.2 Vegetation 7
4.2 River system description 10
4.2.1 Upper river 10
4.2.2 Lower river 10
5 Flood hazards and flood protection scheme 11
5.1 Natural hazards 11
5.2 Recent flood history & flood hazard risk 11
5.3 Approach to flood hazard risk management 12
5.4 Hydrology and river hydraulics 14
5.4.1 Flow regime 14
5.5 Flood protection and control works 15
5.5.1 Elements of the scheme 15
5.5.2 Flood hazard reduction 15
6 Management issues 18
6.1 Resource & land use consents 18
6.2 Maintenance and management of works 19
6.3 Channel management 20
6.3.1 Gravel and sediment management 20
6.3.2 Bank protection works 22
6.3.3 Channel maintenance 22
6.3.4 Riparian management 23
6.4 Restoration of disturbed sites 27
6.4.1 Rehabilitation of construction sites 27
6.4.2 Maintenance of rehabilitated areas 27
6.5 Catchment/land management 28
6.5.1 Indigenous vegetation - Kaimanawa Forest Park 28
6.5.2 Production forestry - Lake Taupo forest 28
6.5.3 Urban and pasture 30
6.5.4 Te Rangiita quarry 30
6.6 Emergency response 30
6.6.1 Flooding 30
6.6.2 Other hazards 31
6.6.3 Monitoring and reviewing 31
6.7 Future considerations 31
6.7.1 State Highway 1 Bridge and Highway alignment 31
6.7.2 Climate change 32
6.8 Environmental considerations 32
6.8.1 Fishery (provided by the Department of Conservation) 32
6.8.2 River ecosystem 33
6.8.3 Wetland 33
6.9 Other considerations 33
6.9.1 Pressure for land use change 33
6.9.2 Pressure for increased urban development 33
6.9.3 Pressure for vehicles access to the river environment 33
7 Biosecurity 34
7 Biosecurity 34
7.1 Animal pest control 34
7.2 Plant pest control 34
8 Funding and rating 35
8.1 Local Government Act (LGA) 2002 and the Local Government (Rating) Act 2002 35
8.2 Land classification and benefit analysis 37
9 Management Plan control 37
References 39
10 Draft programme 2005/06 37
Appendix I: Excerpts from Part II of the Resource Management Act 1991 (and amendments) 40
Appendix II: Elements of the Scheme 41
Appendix III: List of native and exotic plant species for site rehabilitation 45
Appendix IV: The benefit classification contributors/alleviators 46