LGOIMA Request Details

Date Received:19/04/2022
Date Responded:13/05/2022
Requester Name:Amelia Geary
Organisation:Forest & Bird
Requested Information:

Forest & Bird is currently developing a league table comparing the efforts of every single council in the country and their track record of addressing the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss. 

We therefore request the following information under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act: 

  1. Does your council have a climate change strategy? 
  2. Does your council have an implementation plan for your climate strategy? 
  3. How do you measure outcomes relating to the achievement (or not) of the objectives of your climate change strategy? 
  4. Does your council have a biodiversity strategy? 
  5. Does your council have an implementation plan for your biodiversity strategy? 
  6. How do you measure outcomes relating to the achievement (or not) of the objectives of your biodiversity strategy? 
  7. Has your council mapped its Significant Natural Areas (SNAs)? Are these maps in your operative District Plan? 
  8. How many SNAs have you identified in your district/region? Could you please quantify the total area these SNAs represent?
  9. How does your council maintain SNAs?  
  10. How many consents have you issued in the last five years to allow for vegetation clearance in SNAs? How many have been declined? 
  11. Do you have vegetation clearance rules that enable identification of additional SNAs through the consenting process? 
  12. How often does your council monitor SNAs?
    Please email your completed answers to:
    Amelia Geary

    Regional Conservation Manager
    email: A.Geary@forestandbird.org.nz


The information you have requested is below.

1. Manawatū District Council is developing its environmental sustainability strategy. This strategy will be made up of two parts. A corporate strategic action plan with a focus on measuring and reducing GHG emissions within the organisation, and a community action plan which will focus on partnering with the community more broadly on environmental challenges and initiatives.

2. There is an implementation plan for the corporate action plan.

3. Actions 2-4 of the corporate strategic action plan relate to measuring council's carbon emissions, setting targets for reduction, then monitoring, mitigation and reporting on emissions. Council has partnered with an energy management company to measure and monitor council's emissions. Council will track emissions activity via the energy company's monitoring dashboard

4. No, this is the responsibility of regional councils

5. No, as above

6. The Regional Policy Statement (One Plan) establishes Horizons as the lead agency in the region to control activities in specified habitats and to work with land owners to protect and enhance these habitats. Under the One Plan, the Manawatū District Council is responsible for notable and amenity trees, but not for indigenous biodiversity generally.

That said, the Operative District Plan (2002) includes provisions (Chapter 4: Heritage) and associated schedules for:

* Wetlands, Lakes, Rivers and their Margins (Appendix 1a), and

* Significant Areas Of Indigenous Forest/Vegetation (excluding reserves) (appendix 1b)

Some areas included in the schedules have rules while others are included for information purposes only, the list is available via the link on the council website:

Council is working on a District Plan Review and these areas/provisions will be reviewed in line with the Regional Policy Statement.

7. Areas identified in the schedules are also included on the District Plan maps.

8. The work to review and identify SNA's has yet to be completed, according to the One Plan this is Horizons' responsibility in our region.

9. MDC does not have a fund to manage privately owned areas, council owned areas would be maintained under annual plan funding.

10. Consents data – nil applications received

11. No rules with this purpose exist in the Operative District Plan

12. Regional Council takes the role of monitoring SNA's in the region