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Harbour and Catchment Management Plan - Whangapoua 2015

TR 2015/03

Report: TR 2015/03

Author: M Lewis (Waikato Regional Council) and R Britton (Focus Resource Management Group)

About this report

The Whangapoua harbour and catchment area has been recognised by the community and the Waikato Regional Council (the Council) as a priority area for an integrated harbour and catchment plan. The environmental changes occurring in this area have raised people’s awareness of the need for careful management of resources into the future, along with the need to meet economic and social outcomes.

  • Part One provides some contextual background and outlines the issues we heard from people.
  • Part Two sets out the vision and objectives for driving changes in the area. 
  •  Part Three takes community information and added in background information and scientific information held by agencies, in order to provide an overview of the state of the catchment and harbour as it is currently. This provides a baseline snap shot of the current condition of the harbour and surrounding catchment, against which future works and initiatives can be measured to demonstrate change.
  • Building on this, the plan outlines in Part Four the actions and initiatives that are currently being undertaken to address the key environmental issues that were identified through the community consultation and engagement with tangata whenua. It then sets out actions that are focused on the future, that are practical and that will make a difference to the state of the catchment and harbour.

The range of actions identified will involve partnerships between communities, iwi and agencies to achieve the outcomes sought for this area. These actions will be undertaken over a 10-year period and priorities reviewed regularly, to ensure progress is being made. The priorities will be budgeted and included into the annual plan process for agencies.

Read or download the report

Harbour and Catchment Management Plan - Whangapoua 2015 [PDF, 4.9 MB]

Summary of plan  [PDF, 963 KB]

Catchment map [PDF, 688 KB]


  Executive summary
  Part one
1 Introduction
1.1 Whangapoua Harbour and Catchment
1.2 What is harbour and catchment planning
1.3 Peninsula Project
1.4 Regional context
1.5 Purpose of the Whangapoua HCMP
2 Legislative and planing framework
3 How we have structured the next sections of the HCMP
4 Consultation
4.1 What did we do?
4.2 Waht did we hear from the people we talked to?
4.3 What can we do about the issues raised?
  Part two: Our vision and objectives
5 What are we aiming for?
5.1 Vision
5.2 Objectives
5.3 Outputs from this HCMP
  Part three
6 About the harbour and catchment
6.1 Introduction
7 The people
7.1 Overview
7.2 About the locality
7.3 About the people
7.4 Cultural heritage and issues of concern to iwi
8 The land
8.1 Overview
8.2 Geology
8.3 Soils
8.4 Slope and erosion risk
8.5 Land cover and land use
8.6 Agriculture and forestry
8.7 Public conservation land
8.8 District council reserves
9 Water
9.1 Overview
9.2 Rivers, climate and rainfall
9.3 Flood hazard
9.4 Water quantity
9.5 Water quality
10 Harbour and coast
10.1 Overview
10.2 Harbour benthic habitats
10.3 Open coast benthic habitats
10.4 Estuarine vegations
10.5 Shorebireds and fish
10.6 Sedimentation in the harbour
10.7 Coastal hazards
10.8 Beachcare
10.9 Navigation safety
11 Biodiversity
11.1 Overview
11.2 Significant areas
11.3 Terrestrial ecology
11.4 Wetlands
11.5 Pest management
11.6 Kauri dieback
11.7 Freshwater ecology
11.8 Community biodiversity groups
  Part four: Key actions
12 Introduction
13 The people
14  Land
15 Water
16 Coast and harbour
17 Biodiversity
18 Costs
19 Monitoring and reporting
19.1 Monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the HCMP
19.2 Monitoring changes in the environment over time
  Appendix 1: Maps
  Appendix 2: Overview of related planning documents
  Appendix 3: Trends of land use in each Land use capability class
  Appendix 4: Harbour and coast
  Appendix 5: Overview of forestry monitoring trends
  Appendix 6: Harbour sedimentation studies
  Appendix 7: Regional ecological monitoring of streams (REMS)
programme - summary
  Appendix 8:  Estimated costs for riparian enhancement and river works
per subcatchment
  References / Bibliography