A new local bill to manage mangroves. The bill was introduced to Parliament on 6 July and had its first reading on 9 August and referred to the Local Government and Environment Committee. Report due 7 February 2018.
The spread of mangroves in the coastal area of the districts of the Thames–Coromandel District Council and Hauraki District Council is increasingly becoming a concern for local communities. ...
...A streamlined, cost-effective, efficient, and community-based process is required to ensure that the councils are mandated to implement a plan that reduces mangrove growth to acceptable levels that will improve any access, recreation, amenity, or ecosystem values.
The Bill empowers each council to prepare a draft mangrove management plan for the coastal area of its district to achieve and maintain acceptable levels of mangrove vegetation in order to restore, protect, and enhance any amenity values or ecosystems of the coastal area.
The draft plan is approved through the special consultative procedure under section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002.
The Bill provides that the councils, if they agree, may prepare a mangrove management plan collaboratively, including by adopting a single integrated plan for both districts.
The Bill empowers each council to implement an approved mangrove management plan. ...