Te Korowai recently attended a hearing at the Taranaki Regional Council, to present our submission on the Proposed Coastal Plan. This plan essentially sets the rules for what can be done in the coastal environment, including discharges, structures, and drilling activities.
This is the first time the Coastal Plan has been extensively reviewed since 1997. The key changes made include:
- making it harder for oil and gas exploration to undertake seismic testing or drilling activities
- an intention to prohibit any new discharges of treated sewage to coastal water (we were unsuccessful in having this practice prohibited entirely)
The Te Korowai presentation focused on the permissive nature of the plan, as there is insufficient guidance for how people meet the requirements of the various rules, and there is a lack of permitted activity monitoring required. We also advocated extensively for increasing the monitoring of cultural values, asking for the plan to require the development and implementation of such monitoring. The council is currently only required to ‘investigate’ cultural monitoring.
Submissions were also put forward from other iwi, including Te Atiawa and Ngā Rauru. The hearing was expected to take two days in total. More information will be shared as the review process is completed so keep an eye out.