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Opihi River Regional Plan 

OPERATIVE: The purpose of this Plan is to promote the sustainable management of the natural and physical resources of the Opihi River, its tributaries including the Temuka River, and hydraulically connected groundwater and to achieve the integrated management of those resources.

Policy A4 and Policy B7 from the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 have been inserted into this regional plan as required by the NPSFM 2014.

Please see below, the public notice:

  • under section 55 of the Resource Management Act 1991 regarding the insertion of Policies A4 and B7 of the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014 into those plans as required by the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management 2014; and
  • the waiver under section 37(2) of the Resource Management Act 1991 regarding the time limit for the publication of this public notice
To read the public notice click here

MINOR CHANGES: The Transitional Regional Plan permitted activity rules no longer have effect in the Opihi catchment and have been replaced by NRRP permitted activity rules.  See the file “Correction of Minor Errors” under “Read the Plan”.

Read the 2014 Efficiency and effectiveness evaluation of the Opihi River Regional Plan

Read the report (7.2 MB)

Read the Plan

Opihi River Regional Plan (8 MB)

Correction of minor errors in the Operative Opihi  River  Regional Plan

The Resource Management Act, Schedule 1 Clause 20A, allows Councils to amend an operative plan to correct minor errors. Clause 20A states:

“A local authority may amend, without using the process in this Schedule, an operative policy statement or plan to correct any minor errors”

The table below identifies where corrections of minor errors have occurred in the operative Opihi River Regional Plan. These have been approved under delegated authority and took effect from the date they were authorised, as shown in the right hand column.

ORRP provision
Amendment made to correct minor error Summary of reason for amendment Date authorised

Many provisions – see attachment


See attachment:
Minor change required to ORRP to correct errors (1.36 MB)

The Opihi River Regional Plan (ORRP) does not contain permitted activity rules, and relies instead on the permitted activities, specified as general authorisations, in the Transitional Regional Plan (TRP).  The Canterbury Natural Resources Regional Plan (NRRP) became operative on 11 June 2011, and includes rules on the same matters as those in the TRP. The NRRP states that a rule in the TRP will continue to have effect until a rule on the same matter in Chapters 4 and 5 becomes operative. Now that the NRRP is operative, the TRP rules have ceased to have effect.  As a consequence the references in the ORRP to the TRP provisions is incorrect and needs remedying so that the ORRP and NRRP are applied correctly in the Opihi catchment.

19 July 2011

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