MINUTES OF A meeting of the Regional Planning Committee


Date:                                  Wednesday 20 October 2021

Time:                                  11.00am


Virtually by Zoom

And in person in HBRC Council Chamber


Present:                             Cr R Barker (Chair)

L Munroe – Heretaunga Tamatea Settlement Trust (Co-chair)(zoom)

Cr W Foley (Deputy Co-Chair)

K Brown – Te Kopere o te Iwi Hineuru

A Hiha – Mana Ahuriri Trust

T Hopmans – Maungaharuru Tangitū Trust

T Huata – Ngati Pāhauwera Development & Tiaki Trusts (zoom)

N Kirikiri – Te Toi Kura O Waikaremoana (Zoom)

Cr C Lambert (zoom)

M Mohi – Ngati Tuwharetoa Hapu Forum

Cr H Ormsby

Cr J Taylor

Cr J van Beek (zoom)

Cr M Williams (zoom)


In Attendance:                   J Palmer – Chief Executive

K Brunton – Group Manager Policy & Regulation

L Hooper – Team Leader Governance

A Bradbury – Senior Policy Planner

N Nicholson – Policy Planner


1.        Welcome/Karakia /Apologies/Notices

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.



RPC24/21      That the apologies for absence from councillors Craig Foss and Neil Kirton, Peter Paku and Apiata Tapine be accepted.



2.        Conflict of Interest Declarations

There were no conflicts of interest declared.


3.        Confirmation of Minutes of the Regional Planning Committee meeting held on 1 September 2021



Minutes of the Regional Planning Committee meeting held on Wednesday, 1 September 2021, a copy having been circulated prior to the meeting, were taken as read and confirmed as a true and correct record.





Follow-ups from Previous Regional Planning Committee Meeting


The item was taken as read.



Call for Minor Items not on the Agenda


No items raised.



Regional Planning Committee Work Programme for Kotahi


The item was taken as read.



That the Regional Planning Committee receives and notes the “Regional Planning Committee work programme for Kotahi” staff report.





Regional Planning Committee Tangata Whenua Co-Chair


The item was taken as read and the Committee noted the election of Liz Munroe as Co-Chair of the Committee and Apiata Tapine as Deputy Co-chair.



October 2021 Policy Projects Update


Anne Bradbury spoke to the item, highlighting:

·    TANK plan change now in Commissioners’ hands for decisions

·    OWB plan change mediation on appeals scheduled on 27 October



That the Regional Planning Committee receives and notes the “October 2021 Policy Projects Update” staff report.





October 2021 Statutory Advocacy Update


Verbal Update on Central Government Programme of Reforms


Katrina Brunton introduced the item, and outlined the statutory advocacy activities. Discussions traversed:

·    Local government Steering group for RMA reform met last week and will be embarking on a National Roadshow of targeted engagement with councils and tangata whenua

·    Anticipating exposure draft of NPS for Indigenous Biodiversity late 2021 and staff intend to make a submission

·    View expressed that a further ‘submission’ should go to NCC in relation to their draft District Plan and spatial picture. Awaiting a response from NCC on next process steps as they do not intend to hold hearings at this stage. HBRC submission expressed concerns about development on tsunami and liquifaction prone land. NCC spatial picture will subsequently be incorporated into their District Plan.

·    All HB councils are working together to propose HB as a pilot region for development of a Regional Spatial Strategy. This was the subject of the Hastings District Council led hui last Friday. Requires weaving together all existing City and District plans and setting limits across all of the region’s biophysical characteristics includine freshwater and biodiversity. Being a Pilot Region would come with significant resources, particularly for tangata whenua. A Regional spatial plan will have phenominal benefits for the region in the long term. The five council’s planning teams would be integrated as a single virtual team. Summary of discussions at 1 September RPC meeting in relation to Pilot Region proposal will be re-circulated.

·    Request was made for a Water Services Bill update including implications for the Regional Council.



That the Regional Planning Committee receives and notes the “October 2021 Statutory Advocacy Update” staff report.





Regional Planning Committee Work Programme for Kotahi


Queries and discussions following on from discussions at the earlier workshop traversed:

·    Additional layer to be added into the ‘external influences on the work programme’ to include Central Government legislation, National Policy Statements and Environmental Standards in the pipeline that will influence or impact on the Kotahi process and decisions

·    Proposed to hold several workshops including Māori Committee tangata whenua to work through the process including in relation to the Regional Coastal Environment Plan and a matauranga Māori workshop early in the process before setting the vision and values.

·    An updated proposed schedule of workshops will be provided in early 2022.



Discussion of Minor Matters not on the Agenda


No items were raised.


Karauna Brown offered a karakia to close the meeting.



There being no further business the Chair declared the meeting closed at 11.35am on 20 October 2021.


Signed as a true and correct record.



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