Section 32 Reports

The purpose of section 32 of the Resource Management Act is to ensure all proposed statements, standards, regulations, plans or changes are robust, evidence-based and are the best means to achieve the purpose of the RMA. The purpose of the RMA is to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources.

Section 32 requires evaluation reports to examine whether the objectives are appropriate and that the provisions will realise those objectives.

Section 32 report summaries are shown below.

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The Far North has a number of urban centres spread over a large area. Many are experiencing growth which is expected to continue, while others may decline. This chapter’s changes include:
• Consolidation of residential zones into one General Residential Zone
• A Mixed Use Zone to replace the Commercial Zone
• Light and Heavy Industrial Zones replacing a single Industrial Zone

  • Strengthening of rural subdivision provisions to prevent inappropriate land fragmentation and preserve highly productive land for primary production activities.  
  • Activity based rules to minimise incompatible activities in rural zones that may compromise primary production activities. 
  • A new rural lifestyle zone that specifically enables rural lifestyle blocks
  • A new horticulture special purpose zone, surrounds parts of Kerikeri and Waipapa to: 
    • protect the significant established horticulture industry and supporting water infrastructure
    • providing for its growth due to its high economic contribution to the District
    • preserve this highly productive land for horticulture use. 
  • A new Rural Residential special purpose zone that provides for lots as small as 2,000m2
  • A new Settlement zone to support rural communities, to provide for housing, community services, and business opportunities.       

The Far North has a rich cultural identity, with a strong Māori population across our district’s communities. Key changes in the Proposed District Plan are:

  • A new Tangata Whenua chapter
  • A new Treaty Settlement overlay for general title land that has returned to iwi or hapū.
  • A new Māori Purpose Zone – land administered under Te Ture Whenua Māori Act 1993
    • Enabling provisions to provide for the relationship of tangata whenua with their land and foster social, economic and cultural wellbeing.
    • New provisions to protect the cultural significance of the Te Oneroa-a-Tōhe Beach Management Plan Area.


There are three airports in the Far North – Kaitāia, Kaikoke and Kerikeri (Bay of Islands). This chapter focuses on:

  • Creating an airport zone to protect regionally significant infrastructure
  • Provisions to align with the proposed district plan’s hybrid approach
  • Facilitate the continued operation of airport activities
  • Includes standards relating to the location of buildings, structures and vegetation to protect the airspace


There are three hospitals in the Far North – Kaitāia, Bay of Islands (Kawakawa), and Rawene. The proposed District plan approach is to introduce a Special Purpose Zone to allow the hospitals to operate, expand, and develop to meet the needs of their communities. The new Zone will provide clear direction for the hospitals regarding the type of activities anticipated.

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Last updated 04 October 2023