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Notification of Plan Change 94B - Operative Date

This page contains information about Private Plan Change 94B –Papakanga.
Updated: 21/02/2018 9:17 a.m.

​Council gives notice that it has approved the following Plan Change:

Plan Change 94B – Papakāinga

The plan change proposes to amend provisions relating to papakāinga developments in the Whangarei District Plan. The purpose of PC94B is to provide opportunities for Māori land owners to develop and live on their ancestral land and to develop guidelines and standards for the papakāinga development plan process. Key features are:

  • chapter title change from “Papakāinga Housing” to “Papakāinga”
  • existing objectives and policies are not subject to any proposed alterations
  • permitted activity status for papakāinga developments on Māori freehold land administered under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993 provided that a papakāinga development plan is submitted and certain controls are met
  • discretionary activity status for papakāinga developments on land that is General land owned by Māori where the land is subject to proceedings before the Māori Land Court to change the land from general title to ancestral Māori land, or where the land is General land owned by Māori where an ancestral link has been identified 
  • non-complying activity status for papakāinga developments on all other land
  • provisions noting transfer of powers, and the opportunity for applicants for resource consent to request that it is heard by an Independent Commissioner(s) with expertise and qualifications in tikanga and Mātauranga Māori and resource management.

The approved Plan Change will become operative on Tuesday 27 February 2018.

The decision on the plan change is available for viewing on our Plan Changes page on our website (link below) at and at Whangarei District Council Service Centres at Forum North, Rust Avenue, Whangarei; Ruakaka Service Centre, Takutai Place, Ruakaka and Whangarei Central Library, Rust Avenue, Whangarei.

Please contact Council’s Policy and Monitoring department if you have any questions about the proposal.

This notice is given pursuant to Clause 20 of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991.



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