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Thursday, 19 March 2015 10:48 p.m.
Web Ref: 100
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Mr
Name: Gavin Lecky
Organisation: Gavin Lecky Transport Ltd
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0274852103
Address: PO Box 81, Katikati 3166
Submission/Cover Note: I believe that BOPRC along with NZTA needs to take urgent action in preparing &
installing a number of livestock effluent dumping sites throughout the WBOP region. As a livestock transporter
in this area I see a definite shortage of sites to discharge effluent correctly from my truck & trailer units holding
tanks. As a road user my company does not like to have spillages onto our public roads, sometimes due to
rain, lack of correct standing of stock before transportation & suitable effluent discharge sites this is taken out
of our ability to control successfully. These spillages can become a biosecurity issue, public nuisance or an
environmental problem. We then become the first & easiest target for public & local government frustration or
action. The responsibility for preventing spillage incidents needs to be spread more widely than just transport
companies taking the backlash. This prevention will have a positive benefit for everyone who uses & are
involved in our transport network. Gavin Lecky
Attachment:
Attachment:
Attachment:
Hearing Location: Tauranga
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The Chief Executive
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
PO Box 364
Whakatāne 3158
Fax: 0800 884 882
or email: [email protected]
Submitter Name:
Lee Taingahue, Chairperson of Te Whanau a Tauwhao Hapu ki nga Moutere,
Rangiwaea Marae Trust
I do wish to be heard in support of my submission.
Address
for
Submitter:
Service
of Rangiwaea Island, Tauranga. Postal: PO Box 13191, Tauranga 3141
Telephone:
Daytime: (07) 5787069
Email:
[email protected]
Contact person:
Lee Taingahue
Cell: 027485050
Chairperson of Rangiwaea Marae Trust
Chairperson of Te Whanau a Tauwhao Hapu ki nga Moutere
Tena Koe,
My name is Lee Taingahue, and I live at Rangiwaea Island, Tauranga. I whakapapa
to the Islands and Hapu of Rangiwaea, Matakana and Tuhua.
My submission is on behalf of our Whanau who live at Rangiwaea Island, Matakana
Island, Rangiwaea Marae – located at Rangiwaea Island, and the Hapu of Te
Whanau a Tauwhao ki nga Moutere, both organisations of which I am Chairperson. I
would like to speak to my submission at the upcoming hearings in April to provide a
full submission and answer questions.
Our submission to the proposed Long Term Plan for the Bay of Plenty Regional
Council under “community outcomes” are covered broadly under the following
headings: Erosion- Environmental Protection:
One of the biggest issues for Rangiwaea and Matakana is the erosion of our islands
into the sea. Much of the land on the western side of both Islands is subject to
erosion, exacerbated by inclement weather; driving rain and wind originating from a
south westerly direction. At Rangiwaea we have lost as much as 20 metres of land
that is now encroaching on our kiwifruit/avocado orchard. On the southern end of
Rangiwaea facing the suburb of Matua, at which Rangiwaea Marae and the
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Papakainga is located, including the wharf and boat pontoon and barge ramp, the
ravages of erosion in these locations is clearly evident.
Erosion at Matakana is clearly evident at Opureora Marae by the barge landing, and
along the residential side of Paama Court. At Matakana Point, an urupa is located
there and over time erosion of the land there has caused some of the whanau buried
there to be exposed.
The Western BOP District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council are aware of
the erosion issues at Opureora Marae. The commitment of both Councils to
remedying this situation has been frustrating and long, and we are faced with the
situation of Opureora Marae losing more land, and the buildings teetering too close
to the edge. We need urgent help, a serious input of funds – the whole project
funded by both Councils and action to remedy this situation.
Navigational Hazards – Environmental Protection/Resilience & Safety:
The ski lanes in and around Rangiwaea, Matakana and Motuhoa Island have been
utilised by the skiing/jet skiing public for over 40 years. We have noticed a major
increase in the number of boat users in the past 10 years, and in particular jet skiers
and skiers who access the inner harbour for recreational purposes. Our Whanau
from Rangiwaea and Matakana previously submitted to the last Navigational
Hazards review unsuccessfully which was not helped by “insider meddling” by the
previous BOPRC Harbour Master – Carl Magazinovich. Whilst we are happy to
share the Islands with the public, we are beyond caring for the skiing/jet skiing public
who every year compromise the health and safety of our community by subjecting
our community to their inconsiderate and ignorant behaviour; rubbish disposal on the
islands, defecate and leave droppings, light fires – and leave them to burn when the
situation gets out of hand, coercion by skiers of other recreational beach/boat users
(including our whanau) to stay out of the water as they are in the way, skiing up
Hunters Creek dangerously in areas that are already narrow, skiing outside of the
designated ski lanes. We are absolutely frustrated with accommodating ignorant
skiers/jet skiers and cannot put up with this situation any longer for the sake of a
minority, elitist, thrill seeking group. Mitigation for this issue would be removal of the
ski lanes to the ocean side or the siting of ski lanes in other areas of the Tauranga
Harbour away from the Islands.
Water - Quality and Quantity:
Water is a precious diminishing resource for the Whanau of Rangiwaea and
Matakana. Fresh potable water on Matakana is becoming scarce, particularly during
the summer months when many of the whanau have to buy water from a “water
truck” brought over from the mainland because of drought weather conditions and
dried up springs and bores. Over the summer months, the quality of the water is
also questionable, and it is therefore safer to purchase water from the mainland. As
a people living on the islands, we have always conserved water and not been
wasteful or frivolous in its use. However growing concerns about the diminishing
water reserves on the islands is of concern. Many of our people utilise tank water
from rainfall however during summer, clean and drinkable water is in limited supply.
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Matakana Island Pipeline – Environmental Protection:
The sewage pipeline that originates from Katikati township and runs across the
barrier arm of Matakana Island is due for re-consent in April 2016 by the Western
BOP District Council. The Matakana pipeline has been piping sewage to the ocean
beach for 40 years, after it was inherited from the Katikati Dairy Company. Both
Island communities are absolutely opposed to the pipeline re-consent of treated
sewage being allowed to continue to be piped to its outlet on the ocean beach side
of Matakana. We believe the sewage should be left in its place of origin; Katikati,
and alternative sites sought to dump mainland sewage that does not belong to our
community. The ocean beach side of Matakana is where we harvest kai moana, fish
and participate in recreational activities with our families. The sea is our “kapata kai”
or pantry, and we have had enough of our pantry being fouled to the detriment of our
own health and safety. We have witnessed sewage on the beaches and the
seasonal washing up of shellfish onto the beaches above the high water mark, and
we believe this has been a contributing factor to the contamination of shell fish and
other species. We have too seen a steady decline in fish and shellfish stock
numbers over many years. The resource consent is being sought by the Western
BOP District Council, and whilst we are yet to engage with Council to discuss the
proposal, our positions remains one of absolute opposition to the re-consent of the
sewage pipeline.
Aquaculture - Economics:
The Hapu of the Islands are interested in research and the siting of an aquaculture
project in and around Rangiwaea and Matakana. We would like this considered in
the long term plan of the BOPRC.
Sea Lettuce – Environmental Protection:
The seasonal washing up of sea lettuce in the harbour and on the beaches at the
Islands appears to be worsening year on year. Green carpets of sea lettuce are now
evident for a significant part of the year, and we are concerned that the lettuce is
also choking other species living within the environ, causing untold damage to the
marine environment.
Dredging of the Tauranga Harbour – Environmental Protection:
Our whanau harvest pipi at least weekly from Te Paritaha o Te Awanui for our own
consumption and for traditional gatherings at Marae and hui. We are absolutely
opposed to the dredging of Te Paritaha o Te Awanui to allow bigger ships into the
Tauranga Harbour. Whilst the dredging is perhaps a foregone conclusion, we are
unhappy that the dredging of Te Paritaha o Te Awanui to meet the needs of
economic drivers over and above environmental and cultural concerns has been
waived by the various government agencies who are party to the approval of this
consent.
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CONCLUSION:
I would appreciate acknowledgement of receipt of this submission. I am willing to
appear at the submissions hearing in April to discuss these matters further and
answer questions.
Naku iti na
(Signed)
Lee Taingahue
Chairperson Rangiwaea Marae Trust
Te Whanau a Tauwhao ki nga Moutere Trust
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18 March 2015
Long Term Plan
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
PO Box 364
WHAKATANE 3158
Re: Submission to the proposed Long Term Plan 2015 – 2025
Tena koe
With regards to the consultation document for the proposed Long Term Plan 2015 – 2025
(Thriving together – Whakawhanake Tahi), Te Mana o Ngati Rangitihi Trust (TMoNRT) wish to
submit on the proposed plan.
Our submission is based on the Iwi Environmental Management Plan (2011) of Te Mana o
Ngāti Rangitihi Trust, ‘the Plan’. TMoNRT wishes to be heard in support of our submission.
Water Quality and Quantity, Te Mana o te Wai
TMoNRT support that the extra funding which is being allocated to;
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Research and development limits for water quality and quantity in all waterways which
are within our Rohe. (Ref. pg. 30. The Plan)
Funding the Kaitiuna river re-diversion. (Ref. pg. 30. The Plan)
Complete new coastal margin restoration work for Tauranga Harbour (Ref. pg. 19 The
Plan)
Environmental Protection, Kaitiakitanga
TMoNRT are supportive of this. Kaitiakitanga is an important issue within the Plan (pg. 18).
The Objectives, Policies and Methods are indicative of our aspirations as tangata kaitiaki.
TMoNRT also support the proposed approach by the regional council to meeting Government
targets for air quality in Rotorua. This proposed approach is highlighted within the Plan (pg.
38).
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Resilience and Safety, Whai Oranga
The Plan for TMoNRT (pg. 34-35) lays out the platform for the obligations that the regional
council, in conjunction with territorial authorities, have when reviewing preventative or
mitigating policies concerning the effects of natural hazards within our region.
Regional Collaboration and Leadership, Whakakotahitanga
TMoNRT support the collaboration of regional council with Maori communities and other
agencies (the Plan pg. 16-17). TMoNRT agree with the proposal by regional council to stop
work on Invest Bay of Plenty and to also reduce funding for Smartgrowth after two years.
TMoNRT also support the additional proposals put forward which are:
• Regionally integrated strategic planning for the region’s future
• Scientific and technical resources large enough to serve the region
• Producing environmental, community, cultural and economic information
• Regional shared services
Economic Development
TMoNRT support the current public transport services which are provided for those within the
Bay of Plenty. The Plan (pg. 22-23) reflects the stance of Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust and
our aspirations.
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangithi Trust supports the proposal by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to
rebuild a fund so that the infrastructure can be sustainably funded to contribute to economic
and environmental development projects.
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude
for giving your time to read through our submission.
Should you have any queries please feel free to contact me.
Nga mihi
Christopher Clarke
Environmental Officer
Te Mana o Ngāti Rangitihi Trust
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Carla Gray
From:
Sent:
To:
Subject:
Peter Faulkner <[email protected]>
Thursday, 19 March 2015 6:18 p.m.
BOPRC LongTermPlan
Submission to BOPRC Ten Year Plan
Dear Sir/ Madam, I am very concerned that if New Zealand signs the TPPA agreement we will be under the
control of large corporations ,Like Monsanto, Big pharmaceutical cos, who on previous occasions have often
held countries to ransom eg the recent court case between a large tobacco company who are suing the
Australian Govt for not allowing them to advertise their deadly product because they signed a trade agreement
with an Asian country (where this tobacco co. set up an office) So ,exactly the same type of bully behaviour
WILL happen to this tiny country. Please try to stop the TPPA from being signed by the NZ
Govt. Thanks Peter
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'four submission
I do not accept that the 'Thriving together consultation document for the proposed long term 20152025 fairly represents the residents of Te Puna West The council in the Consultation Document has
not identified or explained the main issues and choices facing the residents to solve the dilmena of
the sewage systems currently in place and the poor water quality of the area. I feel it is doubtful
whether the council is meeting all its legal requirements relating to its procedures, consultation and
disclosures in its long term plan for the residents to make informed descisions on the sustainablity
and complaince of Te Puna West's sewage systems. Residents for many years have been awaiting
advice and consultation on the problem of compliance with their septic tanks. As stated in the
consultation document Central Goverment and communties expect better protection for their
environments, especially regarding infrastructure and sewage. Te Puna West has long recognised the
issues that should have been resolved years ago. Te Puna West's community needs recognization by
the Regional Council of the sewage and water qualtity issues in the area and urgently needs help to
resolve them.
The Regional Council needs to comply with all its community outcomes, especially those stated as
their main focus issues on page eight of it's document, in specific relation to Te Puna West.To comply
with the stated long term plan in the council's own consultation document, the council must allocate
adequate funds. Currently in the document Te Puna West is not mentioned even though water quality,
environmental protection, resislience and safety are the councils main focus points, huge problems for
Te Puna west.
I believe the council must graciously accept their responsibilties with the funding of Te Puna West's
sewage much needed infrastructure because:
The council recieves its funding from the rate payers and Tauranga Port. They are fortunate
to be in charge of considerable incoming financing. Money could be made available for the
Te Puna West sewage system. Money should be used for this current issue and not put
aside for other future long term projects, i.e. a possible new tertiary college.
The council has been aware of the problem for years and has not used goverment grants that
were available. This lack of up take is due to poor consultation and disclosure practices.
Residents have purchased their properties legally with complaint septic tanks. The council is
now withdrawing this compliance in Dec 2015, which is devastating news for all the residents,
as extensions can not be built, people may well find it difficult to sell their properties and
values could decrease.
The only issue that needs to be addressed at this time in Te Puna West is that of the sewage
system. We do not wished to be placed in a divide and conquer situation with such issues
such as future sub-division. These can only be addressed once the water quality, sewage
problem and safety of the environment due too pollution has been resolved.
Nearly all of Te Puna West has been either red or yellow zoned. This is a major issue that
can only be sorted with regional Bay of Plenty funding and support, as it has done for other
areas in its region such as around the Rotorua lakes, Makatu and other coastal areas. These
areas have recieved funding and Te Puna West needs to have an approved installed system
that is sustainable and does not causing an adverse effect on the environment.
To comply with the Council's own long term plan it must now recognise its responsibilties to all
its residents in Te Puna West who need immediate help. As the people's representives, money
received from them the rate payers must be used in a manner that benefits and sustains the Te
Puna West local community, as this project has long been put aside and overlooked.
Regional and local council must work closely together to resolve this issue in a way that
benefits the whole community in a satisfactory manner.
Feedback needs to on all areas of the consultation document not just reduced funding. It must
include the issue of sewage for all areas in the Bay of Plenty that currently are not compliant
with regulations and standards. Te Puna West needs to be included in the long term plan and
to be given funding for sewage, as granted to Matata, Lakes Rotoiti and Rotoma which are
recieving funding it as stated in the long term plan.
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SUBMISSION TO BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL'S 10 YEAR PLAN FROM LAKE TARAWERA
RATEPAYERS' ASSOCIATION INC
MARCH 2015
THIS SUBMISSION IS FOR BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL TO IMMEDIATELY INCLUDE A RETICULATED
WASTEWATER SCHEME, FOR THE LAKE TARAWERA COMMUNITY IN THIS 10 YEAR PLAN
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Lake Tarawera is often referred to as a "national treasure" and the "jewel in the crown" of the Rotorua
lakes and yet it is the only significant Rotorua lakeside community not serviced or planned to have a
wastewater reticulation system.
Water quality in Lake Tarawera is steadily declining as measured by increasing III levels, which
consistently exceed the target TLI. Recently the community and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council
formed a working party for the implementation of Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan. One of the prime
recommendations was for the reticulation of wastewater to immediately reduce the input of nutrients
to the lake.
Therefore the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc. (LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a
project for investigation and financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake Tarawera in
the Council's Long Term Financial Plan. LTRA requests that this matter is treated with urgency and
requests that the Council to includes support and funding in the 2015 - 2016 financial years. The LTRA
further submits that there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and evidence,
and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to proceed to immediately establish a
Public Working party to oversee the consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the final
recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The LTRA seeks the support of
the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and support the RLC to commence this process with
urgency.
BACKGROUND
Since 2002 the LTRA has been concerned about the water quality in Lake Tarawera. In 2006 a voluntary
annual donation fund was established to assist the University of Waikato in furthering our knowledge of
water quality issues in the lake. LTRA members have contributed a total of $42,500 to date. These funds
have assisted the establishment of a climate station on David Packman's land, the establishment and
ongoing maintenance of the monitoring buoy, and measuring the volume of, and analyzing the nutrients
in the surface flows to the lake.
This work has highlighted the complexity of the Lake Tarawera situation as 80% of the inflow is believed
to enter Lake Tarawera as groundwater, probably from the 7 surrounding lakes (Lakes Rerewhakaaitu;
Rotomahana; Okaro; Rotokakahi; Tikitapu; Okareka and Okataina). As a direct result of the ongoing
sampling programme since 2006 we have built up a data set of knowledge for Lake Tarawera that is only
equaled by that for Lake Rotorua in the Rotorua district.
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In 2005 a working party was established by Environment Bay of Plenty (now BoPRC) to generate an
action plan for Lake Tarawera. This working party recommended reticulating wastewater and
implementing land use controls on the immediate catchment to control nutrient inputs to the lake. This
proposed action plan was never promulgated by Bay of Plenty Regional Council (BoPRC) although Lake
Tarawera was nominated as one of the Rotorua lakes that required central government funding
assistance to implement a wastewater reticulation scheme. At some stage Lake Tarawera was dropped
off this list due to a perceived lower priority in the need for a reticulated wastewater scheme for the
Lake Tarawera community.
Additional draft proposed action plans were generated by BoPRC but no further action plan working
groups were established to progress this matter. In early 2014 the LTRA identified water quality as the
main issue for Lake Tarawera and has communicated the decline in water quality to Lake Tarawera
ratepayers through the LTRA newsletter and also at its annual general meetings. More recently there
was a meeting at Okareka in April 2014 to discuss wastewater reticulation and numerous meetings have
taken place between the LTRA chairperson and other LTRA committee members with elected and
permanent BoPRC and RLC staff.
In recent summers there have been increasing blue green algal blooms in the Wairua arm in Lake
Tarawera and health warnings have been issued advising not to swim in the affected water. Several
years ago a major bloom in Lake Rotokakahi resulted in a major kill of trout in the Wairoa Stream, which
flows into Lake Tarawera at Te Wairoa. In March 2015 another blue green algal bloom occurred in Lake
Rotokakahi. These events are all indicative of a decline in water quality and are predicted to become
more commonplace overtime without some intervention to reduce the nutrients entering the lake.
Lake Tarawera is the only lakeside community in the Rotorua district without a wastewater reticulation
scheme in operation, or planned, and there is overwhelming support from Lake Tarawera ratepayers for
action now. There is currently a working group considering a draft Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan
document that has wastewater reticulation as the main priority. This document is unlikely to be
completed by mid-2016 and the LTRA is very concerned about the lack of progress and unanimously
supports the urgent implementation of a wastewater reticulation scheme at Lake Tarawera.
DISCUSSION
The work done by the BOPRC on the Rotorua Lakes is much appreciated and needs to continue, but the
Tarawera community is extremely frustrated in its ability to receive attention and support for the urgent
need to address both health and water quality issues effecting Lake Tarawera. Reticulating wastewater
is guaranteed to slow the deterioration of water quality in Lake Tarawera. Lake Tarawera is too
important a source of recreational value to all New Zealanders to allow water quality to continue to
deteriorate when a known solution is available. We are very concerned that most of the other Rotorua
lakes are maintaining or improving in water quality while Lake Tarawera continues to decline. It is
regional and local governments' responsibility to not allow this to happen or they will be held
accountable in the future by our children and grandchildren other New Zealanclers and all overseas
visitors.
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Being a Lake Tarawera ratepayer, support the LTRA submission to the Bay of
Plenty Regional Council - The Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc.
(LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a project for investigation and
financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake Tarawera in
the Council's Long Term Financial Plan. LTRA requests that this matter is
treated with urgency and requests that the Council to includes support and
funding in the 2015 - 2016 financial years. The LTRA further submits that
there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to
proceed to immediately establish a Public Working party to oversee the
consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the final
recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The
LTRA seeks the support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and
support the RLC to commence this process with urgency.
Signed....................fl:................................................................................
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Being a Lake Tarawera ratepayer, support the LTRA submission to the Bay of
Plenty Regional Council
The Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc.
(LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a project for investigation and
financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake Tarawera in
the Council's Long Term Financial Plan. LTRA requests that this matter is
treated with urgency and requests that the Council to includes support and
funding in the 2015 2016 financial years. The LTRA further submits that
there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to
proceed to immediately establish a Public Working party to oversee the
consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the final
recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The
LTRA seeks the support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and
support the RLC to commence this process with urgency.
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Being a Lake Tarawera ratepayer, support the LTRA submission to the Bay of
Plenty Regional Council - The Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc.
(LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a project for investigation and
financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake Tarawera in
the Council's Long Term Financial Plan. LTRA requests that this matter is
treated with urgency and requests that the Council to includes support and
funding in the 2015 - 2016 financial years. The LTRA further submits that
there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to
proceed to immediately establLh a Public Working party to oversee the
consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the final
recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The
LTRA seeks the support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and
support the RLC to commence this process with urgency.
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Being a Lake Tarawera ratepayer, support the LTRA submission to the Bay of
Plenty Regional Council
The Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc.
(LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a project for investigation and
financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake Tarawera in
the Council's Long Term Financial Plan. LTRA requests that this matter is
treated with urgency and requests that the Council to includes support and
funding in the 2015 2016 financial years. The LTRA further submits that
there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to
proceed to immediately establish a Public Working party to oversee the
consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the final
recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The
LTRA seeks the support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and
support the RLC to commence this process with urgency.
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Signed........
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SUBMISSION TO BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL'S 10 YEAR PLAN FROM LAKE TARAWERA
RATEPAYERS' ASSOCIATION INC
MARCH 2015
THIS SUBMISSION IS FOR BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL TO IMMEDIATELY INCLUDE A RETICULATED
WASTEWATER SCHEME, FOR THE LAKE TARAWERA COMMUNITY IN THIS 10 YEAR PLAN
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Lake Tarawera is often referred to as a "national treasure" and the "jewel in the crown" of the Rotorua
lakes and yet it is the only significant Rotorua lakeside community not serviced or planned to have a
wastewater reticulation system.
Water quality in Lake Tarawera is steadily declining as measured by increasing Ill levels, which
consistently exceed the target TLI. Recently the community and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council
formed a working party for the implementation of Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan. One of the prime
recommendations was for the reticulation of wastewater to immediately reduce the input of nutrients
to the lake.
Therefore the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc. (LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a
project for the investigations and financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake
Tarawera in the Councils Long Term Financial Plan. Also that this matter is treated with urgency and the
Assn. would seek the Council to include support and funding in the 2015 - 2016 financial years. The
LTRA further submit that there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to proceed to immediately
establish a Public Working party to oversee the consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the
final recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The LTRA seek the
support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and support the RLC to commence this process
with urgency.
BACKGROUND
Since 2002 the LTRA has been concerned about the water quality in Lake Tarawera. In 2006 a voluntary
annual donation fund was established to assist the University of Waikato in furthering our knowledge of
water quality issues in the lake. A total of $42,500 has been contributed so far. These funds have
assisted the establishment of a climate station on David Packman's land, the establishment and ongoing
maintenance of the monitoring buoy, and measuring the volume of, and analyzing the nutrients in the
surface flows to the lake.
This work has highlighted the complexity of the Lake Tarawera situation as 80% of the Outlet flow is
believed to enter Lake Tarawera as groundwater, probably from 7 surrounding lakes (Lakes
Rerewhakaaitu; Rotomahana; Okaro; Rotokakahi; Tikitapu; Okareka and Okataina). As a direct result of
the ongoing sampling program since 2006 we have built up a data set of knowledge for Lake Tarawera
that is only equaled by that for Lake Rotorua in the Rotorua district.
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In 2005 a working party was established to generate an action plan for Lake Tarawera. This working
party recommended reticulating wastewater and land use controls on the immediate catchment to
control nutrient inputs to the lake. This proposed action plan was never promulgated by Bay of Plenty
Regional Council (BoPRC) although Lake Tarawera was nominated as one of the Rotorua lakes that
required central government funding assistance to implement a wastewater reticulation scheme. At
some stage Lake Tarawera was dropped off this list due to a perceived lower priority in the need for a
reticulated wastewater scheme for the Lake Tarawera community.
Additional draft proposed action plans were generated by BoPRC but no further action plan working
groups were established to progress this matter. In early 2014 the LTRA identified water quality as the
main issue for Lake Tarawera and has communicated the decline in water quality to Lake Tarawera
ratepayers through the LTRA newsletter and also at their Annual general meetings. More recently there
was a meeting at Okareka in April 2014 to discuss wastewater reticulation and numerous meetings have
taken place between the LTRA chairperson and other LTRA committee members with elected and
permanent BoPRC and RLC staff.
In recent summers there have been increasing blue green algal blooms in the Wairua arm in Lake
Tarawera and health warnings have been issued advising not to swim in the affected water. Several
years ago a major bloom in Lake Rotokakahi resulted in a major kill of trout in the Wairoa Stream, which
flows into Lake Tarawera at Te Wairoa. In March 2015 another blue green algal bloom occurred in Lake
Rotokakahi. These events are all indicative of a decline in water quality and are predicted to become
more commonplace over time without some intervention to reduce the nutrients entering the lake.
Lake Tarawera is the only lakeside community in the Rotorua district without a wastewater reticulation
scheme in operation, or planned, and there is overwhelming support from Lake Tarawera ratepayers for
action now. There is currently a working group considering a draft Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan
document which has wastewater reticulation as the main priority. This document is unlikely to be
completed by mid-2016 and the LTRA is very concerned about the lack of progress and unanimously
supports the urgent implementation of a wastewater reticulation scheme at Lake Tarawera.
DISCUSSION
The work done by the BOPRC on the Rotorua Lakes is much appreciated and needs to continue, but the
Tarawera community is extremely frustrated in its ability to receive attention and support to the urgent
need to address both health and water quality issues effecting Lake Tarawera. Reticulating wastewater
is guaranteed to slow the deterioration of water quality in Lake Tarawera. Lake Tarawera is too
important a source of recreational value to all New Zealanders to allow water quality to continue to
deteriorate when a known solution is available. We are very concerned that most of the other Rotorua
lakes are maintaining or improving in water quality while Lake Tarawera continues to decline. It is
regional and local governments' responsibility to not allow this to happen or they will be held
accountable in the future by our children and grandchildren other New Zealanders and all overseas
visitors.
A copy of Hydrus Engineering Consultants 'Tarawera Sewerage Scheme Feasibility Report August 2012'
is attached to this submission.
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Plenty Regional Council - requesting the immediate inclusion of a project for
the investigations and financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme
for Lake Tarawera in the Councils Long Term Financial Plan. Also that this
matter is treated with urgency and that the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Assn.
seek the Council to include support and funding in the 2015-2016 financial
years.
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My wife Gerda and I are farmers in the Manawahe area; our farm has several watercourses
flowing through it totalling approximately 4 kilometres.
When we bought the property, stock had access to all the water courses, in fact the creeks
and streams were used as the source of the livestock's drinking water. As a result of this
stock access, there was considerable stream bank erosion and downstream water quality
was noticeably compromised when stock were grazing these paddocks.
As result of a chance phone call to Regional Council, a land management plan was put in
place in 2007. Since then all water courses have been fenced and these riparian buffer zones
have been planted with approximately 12000 native plants.
For this project we have received considerable assistance from Regional Council in the form
of advice and funding of 50% of the cost of establishing these riparian buffer zones. In
return these areas have been retired and environmental covenants have been lodged on
our land titles.
Without Regional Councils assistance, these projects would probably have ha ppened, but the
area would have been minimalized, they would definitely not have been completed to the
same standard and they would have been completed over a longer time frame. I very much
doubt whether the planting of native plants would have occurred to the extent that it has.
The Regional Councils input created a positive attitude towards environmental issues and
because of this, we added extra areas of bush which were away from the riparian areas, to
the Land Management Plan. In total we have approximately 55 hectares protected by way
of Land Management covenants. We feel these covenants are vital for the long term
effectiveness of these environmental outcomes.
We feel that it is essential that Regional Council continue to partially fund environmental
land management projects such as ours. Not only are the environmental outcomes (i.e.
water quality, biodiversity, carbon sequestration) extremely important for the rate paying
community (although they probably don't realise it) but it also fosters a relationship
between landowners and Regional Council. We feel this relationship has a positive flow on
effect with the landowners with regard to other Regional Council statutory obligations.
In our submission, funding for our sort of Land management project is more crucial and
should take precedence over funding school buses, offering incentives for home insulation,
upgrading old wood burners or funding the removal of gorse.
School bus funding is a Central Government responsibility and should be funded via taxes. If
Government see fit to withdraw funding, why would Regional Council place different criteria
to justify this funding?
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Surely Rotorua Lakes Council should fund its own bus services if it wants to revitalise its
inner city. If it is successful, then business will prosper, property values will increase and
then their rates take will be higher.
Home insulation and upgrading wood burners, while an admirable goal, should not be a
core responsibility of Regional Council. While we accept that there are air pollution
repercussions, will Council also consider funding people to upgrade their vehicles to more
environmentally friendly models? As far as we are aware, there is funding available from
other sources within the Bay of Plenty for these initiatives and didn't Central Government,
in their wisdom, remove home insulation funding.
Gorse removal is the responsibility of the relevant landowner, and it should be made a
statutory requirement to do so, as it was with regard to Wooley Nightshade. If Regional
Council does decide to fund gorse removal, it should be by way of a Land Management plan
which would place obligations on the landowners to establish native plantings and these
areas should then be subjected to covenants being placed over these areas.
In summary we would like to thank the Bay of Plenty Regional Council for their assistance
and funding, we believe that together we have achieved a beneficial environmental
outcome. As per the red square on page 19 of the 'Thriving Together' document, we don't
believe that removing funding for Land Management activities is a wise move and it won't
help in fostering a healthy working relationship between landowners and Regional Council.
Thank you for reading our submission.
Geoff&Gerda BRADLY
700 Manawahe Road
WHAKATANE
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Bay of Plenty Regional Council
The Regional Council wants to know what ratepayers think about the Long Term
Plan. We the undersigned, have the following to say.
From the "Thriving Together" document we read that "Water Quality" (and
quantity), and "Environmental Protection' are the first two priorities for community
outcome and reflect the ultimate purpose for the Regional Council's very existance.
While Economic Development, including commercial, and educational projects may
be laudable and even desirable, this does not, however fit the Regional Council's
core values.
Water quality in Tauranga Harbour must be a priority to address. The benefits of a
clean harbour add value to the whole community. Currently, the area known as Te
Puna West has a deadline of December 2015 to sort out it's sewage issues. We note
that there is no provision for the Regional Council to contribute to a Te Puna West
waste water scheme in the Long Term Plan. In fact, the Plan proposes a freeze on new
infrastructure projects (page 19, "Thriving Together"), even those that promote
environmental protection or water quality. We also note that grants have been made
to Matata, Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoma to make their sewage schemes more
affordable.
Also to quote from page
11, "Thriving Together", "We're contributing to sewage schemes in some small
communities to directly reduce pollution and improve people's health."
We therefore submit:
We do not agree with the proposal to put new infrastructure funding on hold.
That provision be made for the Regional Council to contribute to the Te Puna West
sewage scheme, as and when a plan is formulated.
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Being a Lake Tarawera ratepayer, support the LTRA submission to the Bay of
Plenty Regional Council
The Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc.
(LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a project for investigation and
financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake Tarawera in
the Council's Long Term Financial Plan. LTRA requests that this matter is
treated with urgency and requests that the Council to includes support and
funding in the 2015 2016 financial years. The LTRA further submits that
there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to
proceed to immediately establish a Public Working party to oversee the
consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the final
recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The
LTRA seeks the support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and
support the RLC to commence this process with urgency.
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SUBMISSION TO BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL'S 10 YEAR PLAN FROM LAKE TARAWERA
RATEPAYERS' ASSOCIATION INC
MARCH 2015
THIS SUBMISSION IS FOR BAY OF PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL TO IMMEDIATELY INCLUDE A RETICULATED
WASTEWATER SCHEME, FOR THE LAKE TARAWERA COMMUNITY IN THIS 10 YEAR PLAN
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Lake Tarawera is often referred to as a "national treasure" and the "jewel in the crown" of the Rotorua
lakes and yet it is the only significant Rotorua lakeside community not serviced or planned to have a
wastewater reticulation system.
Water quality in Lake Tarawera is steadily declining as measured by increasing TLI levels, which
consistently exceed the target TLI. Recently the community and the Bay of Plenty Regional Council
formed a working party for the implementation of Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan. One of the prime
recommendations was for the reticulation of wastewater to immediately reduce the input of nutrients
to the lake.
Therefore the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Association Inc. (LTRA) requests the immediate Inclusion of a
project for the investigations and financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme for Lake
Tarawera in the Councils Long Term Financial Plan. Also that this matter is treated with urgency and the
Assn. would seek the Council to include support and funding in the 2015 - 2016 financial years. The
LTRA further submit that there is already significant community support, scientific knowledge and
evidence, and other technical information for Rotorua Lakes Council (RLC) to proceed to immediately
establish a Public Working party to oversee the consultation, including all key stockholders to enable the
final recommendations on a preferred option to be recommended to the RLC. The LTRA seek the
support of the Bay of Plenty Regional Council to request and support the RLC to commence this process
with urgency.
BACKGROUND
Since 2002 the LTRA has been concerned about the water quality in Lake Tarawera. In 2006 a voluntary
annual donation fund was established to assist the University of Waikato in furthering our knowledge of
water quality issues in the lake. A total of $42,500 has been contributed so far. These funds have
assisted the establishment of a climate station on David Packman's land, the establishment and ongoing
maintenance of the monitoring buoy, and measuring the volume of, and analyzing the nutrients in the
surface flows to the lake.
This work has highlighted the complexity of the Lake Tarawera situation as 80% of the Outlet flow is
believed to enter Lake Tarawera as groundwater, probably from 7 surrounding lakes (Lakes
Rerewhakaaitu; Rotomahana; Okaro; Rotokakahi; Tikitapu; Okareka and Okataina). As a direct result of
the ongoing sampling program since 2006 we have built up a data set of knowledge for Lake Tarawera
that is only equaled by that for Lake Rotorua in the Rotorua district.
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In 2005 a working party was established to generate an action plan for Lake Tarawera. This working
party recommended reticulating wastewater and land use controls on the immediate catchment to
control nutrient inputs to the lake. This proposed action plan was never promulgated by Bay of Plenty
Regional Council (B0PRC) although Lake Tarawera was nominated as one of the Rotorua lakes that
required central government funding assistance to implement a wastewater reticulation scheme. At
some stage Lake Tarawera was dropped off this list due to a perceived lower priority in the need for a
reticulated wastewater scheme for the Lake Tarawera community.
Additional draft proposed action plans were generated by BoPRC but no further action plan working
groups were established to progress this matter. In early 2014 the LTRA identified water quality as the
main issue for Lake Tarawera and has communicated the decline in water quality to Lake Tarawera
ratepayers through the LTRA newsletter and also at their Annual general meetings. More recently there
was a meeting at Okareka in April 2014 to discuss wastewater reticulation and numerous meetings have
taken place between the LTRA chairperson and other LTRA committee members with elected and
permanent B0PRC and RLC staff.
In recent summers there have been increasing blue green algal blooms in the Wairua arm in Lake
Tarawera and health warnings have been issued advising not to swim in the affected water. Several
years ago a major bloom in Lake Rotokakahi resulted in a major kill of trout in the Wairoa Stream, which
flows into Lake Tarawera at Te Wairoa. In March 2015 another blue green algal bloom occurred in Lake
Rotokakahi. These events are all indicative of a decline in water quality and are predicted to become
more commonplace over time without some intervention to reduce the nutrients entering the lake.
Lake Tarawera is the only lakeside community in the Rotorua district without a wastewater reticulation
scheme in operation, or planned, and there is overwhelming support from Lake Tarawera ratepayers for
action now. There is currently a working group considering a draft Tarawera Lakes Restoration Plan
document which has wastewater reticulation as the main priority. This document is unlikely to be
completed by mid-2016 and the LTRA is very concerned about the lack of progress and unanimously
supports the urgent implementation of a wastewater reticulation scheme at Lake Tarawera.
DISCUSSION
The work done by the BOPRC on the Rotorua Lakes is much appreciated and needs to continue, but the
Tarawera community is extremely frustrated in its ability to receive attention and support to the urgent
need to address both health and water quality issues effecting Lake Tarawera. Reticulating wastewater
is guaranteed to slow the deterioration of water quality in Lake Tarawera. Lake Tarawera is too
important a source of recreational value to all New Zealanders to allow water quality to continue to
deteriorate when a known solution is available. We are very concerned that most of the other Rotorua
lakes are maintaining or improving in water quality while Lake Tarawera continues to decline. It is
regional and local governments' responsibility to not allow this to happen or they will be held
accountable in the future by our children and grandchildren other New Zealanders and all overseas
visitors.
A copy of Hydrus Engineering Consultants 'Tarawera Sewerage Scheme Feasibility Report August 2012'
is attached to this submission.
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the investigations and financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme
for Lake Tarawera in the Councils Long Term Financial Plan. Also that this
matter is treated with urgency and that the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Assn.
seek the Council to include support and funding in the 2015-2016 financial
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Being a Lake Tarawera ratepayer, support the LTRA submission to the Bay of
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the investigations and financial support for a wastewater reticulation scheme
for Lake Tarawera in the Councils Long Term Financial Plan. Also that this
matter is treated with urgency and that the Lake Tarawera Ratepayers Assn.
seek the Council to include support and funding in the 2015-2016 financial
years.
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Friday, 20 March 2015 8:19 a.m.
Web Ref: 101
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Mrs
Name: Janie Storey
Organisation: Whakatane District Council Combined Community Boards
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 3060530
Address: Private Bag 1002, Whakatane 3158
Submission/Cover Note: Attached is a submission from the Combined Community Boards of the Whakatane
District Council
Attachment: CCB Subission to BOPRC LTP 1 (A495884).docx
Attachment:
Attachment:
Hearing Location: Whakatane
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WHAKATĀNE DISTRICT COUNCIL COMBINED COMMUNITY BOARD SUBMISSION TO THE BAY OF
PLENTY REGIONAL COUNCIL
LONG TERM PLAN 2015-25
The Combined Community Boards of the Whakatane District Council make the following submission
to the BOP Regional Council’s Long Term Plan:
1.
Wainui Te Whare and Awatapu Lagoon
While recognising that the Regional Council are assisting the District Council on solutions –
the flooding from the Wainui Te Whara stream is causing concern to residents living within
the catchment, insurance companies are refusing to insure houses and the resulting stress
when heavy weather is forecast is untenable. To improve the storage capacity, it would also
be desirable to remove silt from the Awatapu Lagoon delta.
In order to effect a workable solution sooner, it is requested that the Bay of Plenty Regional
Council contribute funding towards the works programme to remedy the situation.
2.
Forward Planning
Spatial Planning is vital to understand trends and plan for the future. It is important that this
is done on a regional basis and that the Regional Council is an active participant.
3.
Economic Development and Infrastructure Funding
The projected population trend for the Eastern Bay of Plenty is to remain static and then
decrease over 30 years, with an increase in the over 65 year old age group. While this
provides opportunities, it also means that new business and investment needs to be actively
encouraged to grow the district, counter this trend and create a sustainable economy . The
Regional Council needs to invest in its communities to assist this growth, it needs to
continue to support Invest BOP, SmartGrowth, and the like to provide the support and
information needed to attract new business, existing businesses to expand and to consider
new opportunities for the region.
To support new business and growth the districts infrastructure needs to develop at a
comparable rate. To do this the Regional Council’s Infrastructure funding needs to be
retained to keep pace with the growing demands. Without the funding it is likely that there
would be projects would not be able to be implemented.
4.
Water Quality, Quantity and Amenities
4.1
Rangitāiki River
The ongoing maintenance of the Rangitāiki River Catchment and its tributaries is important
and must be maintained. Stopbank and bank stabilising programmes need to continue to
ensure that communities and land along the river remain safe.
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The draw off of water needs to be controlled, while being balanced against the economic
benefit it generates. A review of the quantities allocated to permitted users to ensure they
are fair and reasonable should be undertaken.
There is no easy access point to the river at Edgecumbe to launch small craft and kayaks –
the construction of a ramp is requested.
Lake Aniwhenua is recognised as a community asset, but it has much more potential use
options than are currently available. The build-up of weed in the lake is a constant
annoyance to boat users, water skiers and swimmers. It is a pest and is unsightly –because
the lake level is shallow it should be relatively easy to remove the weed from the easily
accessible areas which are popular with locals and visitors to the area.
It is requested that an annual weed removal programme be implemented to make the lake
more attractive and become a better utilised community facility.
4.2
Water Storage
To enhance the irrigation of farmland and to better utilise the natural resources
investigations need to be undertaken to provide storage capacity of rain water for use as a
resource throughout the agricultural sector during the dry months. It is requested that the
Regional Council provide expertise, funding and resources towards this.
5.0
Regional Facilities
The TECT All Terrain Park and the Redwoods Park are fine examples of regional facilities that
have added value to communities. It is requested that the Regional Council investigate
opportunities to invest in regional parks within the Whakatāne District to provide tourism,
ecological, recreational and cultural opportunities.
The Regional Council should provide financial assistance to other local authorities,
community groups and agencies that are mooting projects that will benefit a region
including walking and cycling tracks, recreational facilities and the like.
6.
Pest Eradication
The Community Boards request that eradication of pest programmes be maintained and
although they support the Regional Council’s intention to gain the best value for money
approach, they would like assurance that any risk to the environment and economy are
immediately addressed.
7.
Public Transportation
The Murupara to Rotorua public transport service is well supported and appreciation is
passed on to the Regional Council for providing it.
Ruatāhuna, Minginui and Te Whāiti are isolated, low socio economic communities with
limited access. It is requested that a regular bus service be provided from Ruatāhuna taking
in Minginui and Te Whāiti to Rotorua and Ruatāhuna to Whakatāne to support the residents
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of these communities and to provide better opportunities for them to access to educational
opportunities and social services. While recognising that this request got declined last year,
the Board is asking that you reconsider the decision and extend the service.
Murupara would also like to see an extension of the service by commencing a regular service
from Murupara, taking in the communities of Galatea, Waiohau, Te Mahoe, and Awakeri to
Whakatāne.
8.
Support
The Combined Community Board supports the Whakatane District Council submission.
The Combined Community Board wish to present the submission.
Jacob Te Kurapa – Chairperson Murupara Community Board
Gerard Casey – Chairperson Ōhope Beach Community Board
Vicky Richards – Chairperson Rangitāiki Community Board
Diane Yalden – Chairperson Taneatua Community Board
Mike Naude – Chairperson Whakatane Community Board
Contact Person:
Janie Storey
Administration Officer Community
Whakatane District Council
Private Bag 1002
WHAKATĀNE 3158
[email protected]
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Friday, 20 March 2015 3:56 p.m.
Web Ref: 134
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Ms
Name: Nessie Kuka
Organisation: Ngai Tuwhiwhia
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0277278301
Address: 1 Paama Court, Matakana Island Post Office
Submission/Cover Note: I am seeking continued support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council for all the
environmental restoration projects upon Matakana and Rangiwaea.
Attachment:
Attachment:
Attachment:
Hearing Location: No hearing required
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Friday, 20 March 2015 3:57 p.m.
Web Ref: 136
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Ms
Name: Nessie Kuka
Organisation: Ngai Tuwhiwhia
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0277278301
Address: 1 Paama Court, Matakana Island Post Office
Submission/Cover Note: I am seeking continued support from Bay of Plenty Regional Council for all the
environmental restoration projects upon Matakana and Rangiwaea.
Attachment:
Attachment:
Attachment:
Hearing Location: Tauranga
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Friday, 20 March 2015 4:11 p.m.
Web Ref: 139
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Ms
Name: Nessie Kuka
Organisation: Opureora Marae
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0277278301
Address: 1 Paama Court, Matakana Island Post Office
Submission/Cover Note: I have just checked to see that i may not have pressed the submit button this morning
because i do not have receipt of this. The Opureora Marae is in danger of toppling into the sea due to erosion
at the foot of the marae. We currently have our Resource Consent, Technical reports and accommodating
korero for a project that spans 25 years.
Attachment:
Attachment:
Attachment:
Hearing Location: No hearing required
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Friday, 20 March 2015 9:52 a.m.
Web Ref: 103
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Mr
Name: Stephen Richardson
Organisation:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5526771
Address: 43 Goodall Road, Whakamarama, RD7, Tauranga 3179
Submission/Cover Note: Hi. For the long term plan, I would like to add the following: Rates Increase: Yes, 8.5%
is OK Ratio of expenditure: Yes, it looks about right, and I like the increased focus on protecting the
environment, and especially water. Rotorua air quality: Yes, I do agree with meeting Government targets for
Rotorua's air quality. If Tauranga's air quality deteriorates, then I think this should be done too. Flood
Protection: Is very important, with the onset of global warming, and more storm and flood events. Regional
Collaboration and Leadership: I'm not sure. I don't know enough about Invest BOP. Economic Development:
Increasing public transport is great, but I think a light rail between Katikati to Tauranga, taking in Omokoroa
would be good. The same for Papamoa, linking in the Mount to Tauranga. Public train service joining Tauranga,
Rotorua to Hamilton and Auckland would be great. Electric vehicle chargepoints to be provided all over the
area. They can be powered by solar/ renewable energy. We need to encourage more electric vehicle use. A
bike share scheme, like in Christchurch, should be tried, to be tried in Mt Maunganui, Rotorua and Tauranga.
We need to encourage cycling for health, parking, pollution reduction and carbon emmission problems, etc.
Infrastructure Funding: I don't agree with the proposal to reduce funding. I think that rates should go up slightly,
to carry on AND to build a fund.
Attachment:
Attachment:
Attachment:
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Friday, 20 March 2015 12:22 p.m.
Web Ref: 110
Our Ref: 7.00402
Title: Mr
Name: Stephen Richardson
Organisation:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 5526771
Address: 43 Goodall Road, Whakamarama, RD7, Tauranga 3176
Submission/Cover Note: Hi. Further to my online submission previously, is attached the submission from the
Carbon Reduction Group.
Attachment: BoPRC 10 yr plan subm, Carbon Reduction Group, March 2015.docx
Attachment:
Attachment:
Hearing Location: No hearing required
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Tauranga Carbon Reduction Group
Proposal for
BoP Regional Council Long Term Plan
We would like to speak in Tauranga
Why concern ourselves with reducing Carbon emissions?
The consultation document states that “we manage the effects of using our regional fresh water,
land, air, geothermal, coasts and waterways”. We use our air as a commons for disposal of the
effluent from much of our energy production, especially that using fossil fuels. Until recently we
ignored this pollution because the effects have not been obvious. Science has now demonstrated
that recent climate changes are due to this pollution and in the long-term could well be devastating.
We are currently having to adapt to the changes caused by the carbon pollution that we continue to
create, and must reduce that pollution as quickly as possible, in line with broader international
developments.
The Vital Signs study for the BoP (p3) indicates that the local climate is what respondents most like
about the Bay of Plenty. Yet it is exactly that climate that is most at risk from carbon pollution.
Therefore the Bay of Plenty Regional Council needs to show leadership by placing the effects of
global warming at the forefront of its policy position on economic development. In particular, the
infrastructure, technologies, industry, lifestyles and communities that will serve us for the future
should be planned for with the effects of climate change in mind. Specifically, we need to minimise
our reliance on carbon-producing fuels because of the risks they present to our environment, along
with the economic risks that they present as international economies and supplies begin to convert
to other sources of energy. We do not believe that this 10-year plan puts enough emphasis on a
smart response to climate change and carbon pollution, which means that it may become a missed
opportunity to create genuine change for a better future.
Such initiatives will provide the opportunities to:
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benefit from the healthier life styles and stronger communities that will be promoted by
more active, resilient communities.
demonstrate and develop the leadership required to lead the community into the future,
particularly in demonstrating to our youth that we have a future oriented society
encourage and support the national government in adopting stronger, more effective
measures to prepare the nation for the future.
benefit from the international recognition as a community that contributes to the health of
the global environment.
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Low Carbon Strategy
Recommendations
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Review the activities of other NZ Regions in controlling carbon emissions as well as
international resources such as through the ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)
<www.iclei.org>.
Take a base reading of the region’s carbon production as a measurable benchmark for future
readings.
Develop a low carbon strategy for the long term and work into the Region Air plan for the 10
year plan. It should be done in the context of global demands, national policies and the
initiatives of other local governments.
The council should consider ambitious objectives such as carbon emission neutrality by
2050.
Comment
Managing carbon pollution requires measures to assess current pollution levels and a process to
control and reduce that pollution level.
Cycling and Walking
Recommendations
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Work with TCC and other local councils to create safe (off road) cycle/walk ways for both
commuter and recreational use.
Establish bike-share stations in urban areas for tourist and commuter use.
Provide water fountains for refilling bottles.
Comment
Cycling and walking provide clean transport, promote a healthy community and strengthen links to
place and community. Concerns about obesity were raised as a significant issue in the Vital Signs
report (p.19).
Costs of developing safe cycling and walking infrastructure can be traded against the direct benefits
from reduced numbers of cars on the road, reduced parking demands, health benefits of cycling and
walking, and direct savings from fewer cycling accidents.
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Electric Vehicles
Recommendations
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Ensure charging stations are available at strategic points such as Tauranga city and the main
towns in the region.
Publicise wherever possible the existence and value of electric vehicle use.
Comment
Electric vehicles currently have a limited range. While we anticipate that the range will increase,
vehicles up-take will be promoted if charging stations are installed at appropriate intervals
throughout our region.
Costs can be recovered on a user-pays basis, with stations likely to be established initially at fuel
outlet points such as petrol stations.
Solar Energy and other renewables
Recommendations
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Work directly with electricity retailers to improve the cost-recovery formulae currently
experienced by individual installers of solar PVA systems.
Incentivise solar PVA installations using incentives such as subsidies (with potential for
recovery of subsidy as is done for air quality incentives).
Promote demonstration units to publicise the feasibility and benefits of local distributed
energy generation systems.
We support the proposed approach to meeting government targets for air quality in
Rotorua.
Comment
The Bay of Plenty has one of the highest levels of sun in New Zealand. With the recent drop in the
cost of renewable energy technologies such as solar PVA, solar technology is now both affordable
and cost-effective.
Electricity companies are currently resisting installation of local-distributed energy systems through
disincentivising cost-recovery for individual installers. Regional Council will contribute significantly to
carbon reduction if it works with electricity companies to reinstate earlier cost-recovery formulae.
BoPRC and local councils have incentivised installation of clean-burning or clean-air heating
equipment in order to improve air quality in Rotorua. We note that carbon is no less a pollutant than
smoke, and reducing the carbon placed into our atmosphere must be incentivised at every
opportunity if we are to mitigate the effects of carbon on global warming.
Our first and third recommendations involve little cost, and mostly require that the BoPRC shows
leadership.
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Our second recommendation has cost implications, and we suggest that the same formula be
applied to incentivising installation of solar PVA as is being applied to improving air quality in
Rotorua.
Public Transport
Recommendations
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Tune public transport to the needs of major employers and schools
Enable transport infrastructure that supports safe cycling
Enable computer support for the public to their trips.
Enable and incentivise ride sharing support for commuters (c.f. initiatives in Auckland)
Create bus lanes during peak hours to enable buses to travel on time
Create a bus system that is reliable and frequent, particularly at peak times (the current
system is neither reliable nor frequent)
Comment
The benefits of public transport are well known, and need not be documented in detail here.
Specifically, the benefits (against which costs can be traded) include health, infrastructure
development, reduced maintenance of roads, safety, and reduced carbon production.
Community Development
Recommendations
The Regional Council works with district and city councils to:
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Promote integrated, semi self-sufficient communities integrating work, living and recreation.
This may be supported by engaging with and learning from such initiatives elsewhere – e.g.
Blueskin Bay in Otago.
Design commercial and industrial areas to minimise transportation infrastructure and costs
through the regional planning process.
Promote and incentivise sustainable design in residential and commercial buildings to
minimise energy costs.
Continue to support Invest Bay of Plenty and other spatial planning at the same level that
other Bay councils do.
Ensure that spatial planning is consistent with the requirements for carbon neutral
sustainable communities.
Comment
Coherent, resilient, self-sufficient communities are major elements in supporting the Regional
Council’s aims of caring for the environment and responding to threats as they arise, but are not
strongly recognised as such in this 10-year planning document. They also reduce the transport
demands as they focus much transport activity within the community, enabling cost-effective
development of non-car based infrastructure supporting walking, local buses and cycling.
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The current building code does not provide for effective sustainable design (energy-neutral designs
are readily available and fully tested). Rather, the building code is still resulting in houses that are
expensive to run and heat, and are poorly designed for a long-term sustainable future.
Effective Investments
Recommendation
Ensure that any investments are not subject to the risks of stranded assets of the fossil fuel industry.
Comment
The increasing international controls of the use of fossil fuels is raising risks of stranded assets and
producing extensive moves to withdraw from fossil fuel investments because of the risks involved.
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Carbon Reduction Group Members
Ian McLean
Gary & Marlene Ware
Mary Rose
Joy Rising
Raewyn & Bill Robinson
Doug Barnes
Victoria Rhodes-Carlin
Tania Bramley
Gray Southon
Ramesh Sharma
Ron Lopert
Kimberley Cleland
Jon Sadler
Michelle Elborn
Mary Dillon
Jo Wills
Susan Thirlwall
Du Feu
Entwistle
Basil Graeme
Elva Day
John Ramsey
Barry Johnson
Danielle Small
Lee McKenzie
Tessa Blackett
Stephan Richardson
Collin Hewens
Ron Major
Paula Thompson
Emma van de Molen
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