Waiōhine River Plan

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The Waiōhine River Plan is the first plan produced for the Wellington Region that views the river as a holistic, living, changing entity. It lays out a 30 and 70 year vision for better flood protection and the gradual improvement and restoration of a living corridor, pristine water, flora and fauna (including aquatic species) for better environmental, cultural, social and economic outcomes, for the river, from the gorge to the confluence with the Ruamāhanga River .

Click here to view the plan online

This plan is prepared by the community, Tangata Whenua, all other stakeholders, and Greater Wellington Regional Council

The Waiōhine River Plan is the first plan produced for the Wellington Region that views the river as a holistic, living, changing entity. It lays out a 30 and 70 year vision for better flood protection and the gradual improvement and restoration of a living corridor, pristine water, flora and fauna (including aquatic species) for better environmental, cultural, social and economic outcomes, for the river, from the gorge to the confluence with the Ruamāhanga River .

Click here to view the plan online

This plan is prepared by the community, Tangata Whenua, all other stakeholders, and Greater Wellington Regional Council under the leadership of a Project Team reporting to the community and all stakeholders, statutory and otherwise.

We are seeking submissions on the plan

We are seeking submissions on the Waiōhine River Plan from Friday 25 June until Monday 16 August, 5pm.

There are a few ways you can make a submission:

  • Fill out the online submission form below
  • Post your submission to Greater Wellington, P O Box 11646, Wellington 6142, or P O Box 41, Masterton 5840. You can find the printable submission form in the Documents box on the right of this page.
  • Email your submission to Greater Wellington at floodprotection@gw.govt.nz

What happens to my submission?

All submissions will be analysed and used to prepare a summary of submissions report that includes:

  • A summary and analysis of the submissions and proposed changes or decisions
  • Recommendations regarding the submissions

This report will be presented to the Hearing Panel for consideration, and will be available for download on this web-page.

You are invited to give an oral presentation on your submission to the Hearing Panel. We will be in touch regarding the hearings process.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Once you have read the plan, we encourage you to make a submission. By completing this online form, your submission will automatically be sent to Greater Wellington Regional Council and Waiōhine Action Group (WAG).

    You will receive an acknowledgement email upon submitting this form which will allow you to review your responses. If you wish to make changes to your submission prior to the close of the submissions period on 16 August 2021, please email floodprotection@gw.govt.nz   

    Please note your submission may become publicly available if a request for it is made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

    What is a submission?

    A submission is your chance to present your opinion, observations and recommendations on an application or a plan.  In this case the submission will be on the proposed Waiōhine River Plan.

    How to make a written submission

    Once you’ve learned as much as you can about the proposed plan and carefully thought about the effects it will have, you are ready to write your submission.

    Your submission needs to identify what you think the decision on the plan should be. Make sure you fill out all the required information in the submission form.

    Make sure you state in your submission if you want to speak at a hearing. You don’t have to, and while speaking at a hearing can help to highlight what you said in your submission, your submission is just as valid if you don’t speak.

    If you don’t want to be heard, and no one else does, a hearing may not be held.

    Try to get your submission in well before the closing date. If you send your submission by post close to the closing date, check to make sure it has arrived in time. The closing date for submissions on the proposed Waiōhine River Plan is 16 August 2021.

    Tips for writing a good submission

    Good writing needs good planning! Think about what needs to go in your submission, organise it in a logical order, and stick to the facts. A clear and well-written submission is far more effective than an unstructured and emotional one. Facts supported by evidence, not emotion, is what the council will use when making decisions.

    A well-written submission has two key elements: the relevant content and a readable style.

    Include the relevant content:

    • Focus on what you see as the positive or negative effects of proposed River Plan. You can focus on the plan as a whole, or on a particular part of it.
    • Clearly state any changes you want made to the proposed River Plan.
    • Clearly state your concerns about any effects outlined in the proposed River Plan, and how you want these concerns to be addressed. For example, you might state that:
      • You think the effects will be so serious that the plan shouldn’t be approved at all, or
      • You think the plan could go ahead if certain effects were properly addressed through some specific action you suggest.

    In a submission you should also:

    • Remember that if you speak at the hearing, you’ll only be able to talk about issues that you included in your written submission so make sure you include everything you want to speak about
    • Point out any affects you feel the plan doesn’t adequately identify (e.g. remember your local knowledge might add to the council’s understanding of the possible effects of the activity)
    • Where appropriate, include maps, diagrams, and professional opinions that support your submission.

    To write a clear and effective submission:

    • Stick to the current proposed River Plan – don’t get distracted by personal issues or past disputes
    • Be specific about your concerns and how you want them addressed
    • Tell the hearing panel what you want – don’t leave them to guess
    • Write in clear, simple, everyday language.
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