18.1.1 Building on, and as a companion to the previous section, this section of the Plan describes issues, objectives, policies and methods associated with natural resources and environmental management in the rohe of Waikato-Tainui. These are intended to provide management guidance, based on Waikato-Tainui values and knowledge, to promote sustainable management of natural, physical, and cultural resources.

18.1.2 It is noted that the chapters exist for ease of navigation through the various constituent elements of natural resources and the environment. However, Waikato-Tainui acknowledges the inter-connectedness between all of the elements that make up natural resources and the environment. Waikato-Tainui considers that it is generally not possible to impact on one of the elements without having a direct or indirect impact on each of the other elements. Therefore it is incumbent upon resource users to minimise the impacts their activity has on any natural resource or environmental element.


18.1.3 This section of the Plan is divided into a number of chapters, which other than the introduction consider a particular element or component of natural resources and the environment. It is noted that natural resources are themselves elements that are an integral part of the overall environment.

Chapters in this section are:

(a) Chapter 18  –  Te Tiimatanga – Introduction to the Section

(b) Chapter 19 – Te Wai Maaori – Water

(c) Chapter 20 – Ngaa Repo – Wetlands

(d) Chapter 21 – Te Whenua – Land

(e) Chapter 22 – He Mahinga Ika – Fisheries

(f) Chapter 23 – Te Ararangi – Air

(g) Chapter 24 – Te Taiao Moana – Coastal Environment

(h) Chapter 25 – Ngaa whakaritenga moo ngaa whenua o Waikato-Tainui – Land Use Planning

(i) Chapter 26 – Waihanga Matua – Infrastructure

(j) Chapter 27 – Whakaputa hiko – Electricity Generation

(k) Chapter 28 – Keri Oopapa – Mining and Quarrying oil, gas, minerals

(l) Chapter 29 – Ngaa Mahi Paarekareka Me Te Manaaki Manuwhiri – Recreation and Tourism

18.1.4 Each chapter is broken into the following sections: Introduction: provides an introduction and context to the element to be considered in the chapter. In some cases the introduction also describes a vision or an ideal ‘state’ that Waikato-Tainui considers demonstrates the overall health and wellbeing of the element. Issues: describes the issues that impact or have the potential to impact on the overall health and wellbeing of the element. Issues of concern to Waikato-Tainui may include activities, management approaches or processes that adversely impact on elements of natural resources and the environment and/or Waikato-Tainui taonga and values (includes direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts). Objectives, policies and methods:

(a) Objectives describe high level goals or direction that would minimise, manage or eliminate the issues.

(b) Policies define the direction and/or course of action to achieve the objectives in the Plan.

(c) Methods describe specific actions, directions, and/or more detailed outcomes that promote and support the policies.

(d) The policies and methods in this Plan are directions and actions that Waikato-Tainui will implement, support and/or promote. Waikato-Tainui whaanau, marae, hapuu, or other collective group may have additional policies and methods that complement or are preferred over the ones in this Plan. In most cases the successful achievement of the objectives will require a team approach with external agencies (such as Local Authorities, resource users and activity operators, the wider community) to carry out certain activities or strive to achieve certain objectives. Waikato-Tainui will encourage or advocate for these agencies to carry out these activities or achieve the objectives using the Plan as a guide.

18.1.5 Implementing these policies and methods will require on-going engagement and consultation with Waikato-Tainui. Waikato-Tainui considers that cooperation and collaboration is needed between all levels of government, taangata whenua, industry, and the general public to ensure the sustainable management of the environment for future generations.