The West Coast often doesn't fit within the 'normal' rules for planning and building and the environment. And this is yet another example: Stuff - Politics: 10-Dec-2019
But why should it have too?
The Coast is a unique environment with a seemingly symbiotic balance of human habitation and natural flora and fauna. (With a few exceptions perhaps...) So why should a national environmental "rule" about wetlands (in this case) that may be suitable for many other NZ locations be enforced on the West Coast when it is obviously nonsensical?
Councils around the country are being made to identify wetlands and SNAs in their districts, including on private land, in line with the Government's national policy statements on freshwater and indigenous biodiversity.
But council leaders and Iwi working on a new district plan to cover the whole coast are asking if Māori reserves could be exempted from the regime. This may be challenged by the West Coast Regional Council: Stuff - National: 24-April-2020
Our District is home to a range of unique landscapes, species and habitats, many of which are under threat. Council is required to identify these habitats and to protect them through a District Plan. While there are already rules in the current District Plan to manage these habitats, we are now required to identify these areas and manage them more specifically in a new District Plan. This new plan is still in draft.
STOP PRESS: The Mayor for the Far North DC - John Carter - met with Associate Environment Minister Hon. James Shaw and Minister of Local Government Hon. Nanaia Mahuta on 10-June-21 to discuss concerns with the progression of SNA implementation in the wake of a significant landowner outcry over the "taking of private land holdings".
The Ministers have written to Councils around New Zealand encouraging some of them to stop their work on designating land to be significant natural areas (SNAs) in the interim.
Stuff - Politics: 09-June-2021 Massive public opposition against new significant natural areas biodiversity classifications for thousands of hectares of land.
Stuff - Pou-Tiaki: 26-May-2021 Ngāti Hau iwi say they are concerned about Northland councils’ project to identify significant natural areas (SNA), saying it is yet another plan to control Māori-owned land in the Far North.
Last year the Far North District Council and the other Northland councils worked on a project to map and identify (SNA) within each district.
Mapping identifies approximately 42 per cent of the Far North district contains these potentially sensitive environments. This is an increase from 30 per cent when it was last mapped in the 1990s.