Mangrove Management Bill 2017

This consultation is now closed.

A parliamentary Select Committee has heard submissions on the Bill and has recommended it be passed with the amendments which can be viewed here

The Mangrove Management Bill was borne out of frustration with the cost, time and process to reduce mangrove growth in their areas.

Public submissions were called on the bill, following a Parliamentary Select Committee hearing.

"We are acting on behalf of our communities who are disenchanted with the  process when it comes to getting consent for mangrove removal, which has been costly, time-consuming ," says Thames-Coromandel Mayor Sandra Goudie. "In Whangamata since the early 2000s there's been massive community concern about the spread of mangroves and its impact on the Whangamata Harbour and to date that process has consumed over a decade in time and in excess of $1.5M in costs.

"The frustration is echoed in the Hauraki District, where the seaward advance of mangroves has considerably reduced the feeding habitat of Arctic nesting shorebirds like the bar-tailed godwit and lesser or red knot which migrate every year to the Firth of Thames, an  internationally significant tidal wetland protected by the Ramsar Convention.

"We're pleased to be supporting this local bill, given the significant cost and administrative difficulties that council’s face in the control of mangroves in localised areas,” says Hauraki District Acting Mayor Toby Adams. The Thames-Coromandel District and Hauraki District Council Mangrove Management Bill seeks to provide a collaborative mangrove management plan for both districts, or individually if preferred.

"What this local bill is trying to achieve though is to provide the opportunity for communities to help devise solutions themselves which provides for recreation amenity and preservation of other ecosystems threatened by the further spread of mangroves," says Mayor Sandra Goudie

"It will also allow Councils like ours to use our limited resources more effectively and efficiently to provide for core infrastructure and services, such as waste water treatment plants and catchment sediment management schemes to further protect estuarine environments," she says.

Parliament’s Governance and Administration Committee will be considering the bill.

"We encourage people with views on the draft legislation to share these with the committee," says Committee chairperson Brett Hudson. “It’s important that we hear the public’s views on this bill, especially those from people in the Thames-Coromandel area, so that the committee can make well-informed decisions about what, if any, changes that are necessary to improve the bill.”

You can read the draft Bill (before submissions) here http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/local/2017/0278/latest/d56e2.html

More details about the Bill here https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-proposed-laws/document/BILL_74548/tab/hansard