Developing a new land and water regional plan for Otago

We’re developing a new Land and Water Plan (LWRP) in partnership with Kāi Tahu iwi. This plan will include rules and limits on water and land use.

The aim of the new Land and Water Regional Plan is to keep all our Otago fresh waterways healthy and safe, from the mountains to the sea or ki uta ki tai.  

Otago’s waterways support all life from threatened native fish, the mahika kai (food) we collect and the swimming holes we love, to how we earn our living, and enjoy clean drinking water. The health of some our waterways is excellent, but others need improving. 

We started consultation on the new Land and Water Regional Plan late last year, with visits by ORC and Kāi Tahu staff to the Upper Lakes and the Catlins communities.

Between November 2021 and mid-April 2022, we asked Otago communities what they value about their local waterways. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we held some of the community meetings and surveys online.

Together, ORC and Kāi Tahu will also kōrero/talk and work with catchment groups, industry groups and subject experts to help develop our region’s new Land and Water Plan for freshwater.

 

 

More about the online meetings

You can view the recordings of online community meetings for the different FMU or rohe where people asked questions and spoke with ORC staff and Kāi Tahu iwi representatives.

 

Event recordings

The recordings are available on each FMU and rohe page below.


Dunstan Rohe

This online meeting was held on 7pm, Monday 28 February 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the Dunstan Rohe page.


Lower Clutha Rohe

This online meeting was held on 7pm, Tuesday 1 March 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the Lower Clutha Rohe page.


Roxburgh Rohe

This online meeting was held on 7pm, Wednesday 2 March 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the Roxburgh Rohe page.


Dunedin and Coast FMU

This online meeting was held on 12pm, Monday 14 March 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the Dunedin & Coast FMU page.


Dunedin and Coast FMU

This online meeting was held on 7pm, Monday 14 March 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the Dunedin & Coast FMU page.


North Otago FMU

This online meeting was held on 7pm, Tuesday 15 March 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the North Otago FMU page.


Taieri FMU

This online meeting was held on 7pm, Wednesday 16 March 2022.

To view the recording of the online meeting, go to the Taieri FMU page.

 

 

More information 

Together, ORC and Kāi Tahu will also kōrero/talk and work with catchment groups, industry groups and subject experts to help develop our region’s new Land and Water Plan for fresh water.  

When combined with the science we’ve collected and input from iwi, all these views will guide how ORC proposes to manage fresh water and the land that contributes to it in your area. (We’ll come back to talk to you about that later in the year). 

We will also consider the economic impacts to businesses and families of the proposed Land and Water Plan for fresh water. ORC is undertaking a programme of work to inform that assessment. This involves engaging with industry stakeholders and catchment and community groups. You can read about this by downloading the Economic Work Programme for Otago’s Land and Water Regional Plan PDF.   

The Government’s goal is to improve water quality within one generation, and puts this responsibility with regional councils, including ORC, and communities. ​The time to start this journey together is now. 

 

Next steps 

ORC will follow up with you again in the second half of 2022 to seek your views on different options for managing water and land in your FMU or Rohe and achieving the things you value about waterways in your area.   

After that, we will present to you with a preferred option for managing land and freshwater in the third round of community consultation. The preferred water and land management option for each FMU and rohe will then be drafted into the proposed Land and Water Regional Plan document 

See how the new plan will fit into our existing plans and policy statements. 

 

In late 2023 the proposed Plan will be released for public consultation. You will be able make a submission saying what you like about the Plan or how it could be improved.  

 

How can you stay up-to-date?

We’ll be sharing project updates and information on this webpage and in our monthly newsletter On-Streamsign up here.

Contact ORC at customerservices@orc.govt.nz or 0800 474 082.

You can also contact your local ORC councillor here.

 

Find out what is happening in your area and when

Under the Resource Management Act 1991, ORC must achieve integrated management of the natural and physical resources of the region, including control over the use of land and freshwater. This is done through the development of regional plans. We currently have a Waste Plan to manage some waste matters, and a Water Plan to manage freshwater and some land uses, but these are now out-of-date.

In 2019, following an independent review of our regional plans, the Minister for the Environment directed us to prepare a new Regional Policy Statement (which was notified in June 2021) and a new Land and Water Regional Plan to be notified by the end of 2023.

The New Zealand government’s National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2020 requires that all freshwater management plans give effect to Te Mana o te Wai.

Te Mana o te Wai is respecting and looking after the water, so the water can look after you. It also recognises that mana whenua, councils, water users and the wider community all have a role in managing freshwater.

The new land and water plan will be based on a whole-of-catchment approach (ki uta ki tai) that is consistent with Te Mana o te Wai, and prioritises the health and wellbeing of waterbodies.

You can read more about Te Mana o te Wai and how it was drafted with our iwi partners in Otago in ORC’s proposed Regional Policy Statement.

ORC works in partnership with Kāi Tahu, recognising their important relationship with land and water across the region.

On this project, we are reviewing the existing water and waste plans and developing a new Land and Water Regional Plan for Otago with Kāi Tahu. This means working together at staff and governance levels, supporting each other with science and monitoring, and presenting together at community meetings.

The new plan will set clear environmental outcomes with input from communities, as well as rules and limits on resource use to achieve these. The new plan will address climate change, resource needs and over-allocation of water.

The plan will be further refined through plan changes over time, including adding provisions related to topics such as groundwater limits, wetlands protection and high-risk land uses.

It will include a range of activities that are permitted, and a range of activities that will require resource consent from ORC. Some activities that have not been managed by ORC in the past may now need a consent in the new plan.

The plan will also actively manage some land uses for the first timeRules in the new plan will apply to freshwater in or from lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and groundwater. There will be some rules that apply to the whole region, and others that only apply in some areas, called Freshwater Management Units (FMUs) and rohe.

FMUs are catchments or groups of catchments that ORC will use to manage freshwater and land. The Clutha Mata-au FMU is further divided into five rohe (areas). You can see a map of these here.

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