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