Resource Management Act Compliance
Regional Coastal Environment Planning

The Project - Introduction & Objectives

Following are application excerpts:
 
Terrafermah is to undertake a Wharf Development at Matakaoa. The development will consist of a marshalling/receiving complex of approximately 4 ha. The wharf proper is adjacent and below the receiving area and will be approximately 1.5 ha of service area. The development is on private land and is serviced by a public road.  Activity will include but not limited to: receiving and marshalling logs, truck cycle administration, and vessel load out operations, harbour administration and portage services. 
 
The activity will require RMA consent, applicable for the Regional Coastal Environment Plan of development. As can be noted on the following map (2A.3 Page:6), from the operative Gisborne district plan, the area where the wharf is proposed to be built was foreseen to be the site of a new forestry wharf many years ago. This "proposed major development zone" is hign lighted in red. The crown research and documents form the 1970’s forecast that all the forestry plantings being undertaken needed (as the final piece of the puzzle) a new facility to be built when trees were ready for harvesting. That time has come. 

The land in question was originally rural land under the Counties Plan, and over time the Crown purchased the land and it was leased to settlers, and eventually free hold in 1997 from the Crown.

 
As part of assessing project feasibility, Terrafermah are consulting with local knowledgeable people to obtain information on cultural values associated with the site of the proposed development, and the potential effects of the development on those values.
 
This Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA) report provides an overview of cultural values associated with the Matakaoa area, and the potential effects (both positive and adverse) on those values as a result of the proposed port development. The CIA also provides information on the ways that any adverse effects can be avoided, remedied or mitigated

The CIA will be applicable to any and all plan changes and resource consents associated with this development.
 
Objectives
 
The objectives of the CIA report are:
 
    To document the cultural values associated with the Ruawaipu Rohe ki nga Whenua o Te Tairawhiti, and the Matakaoa port site

       particularly.      

    To identify the potential effects on cultural values as a result of the proposed use of land and future development.

    To identify appropriate measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate, where practical, any adverse effects of the proposed project on

       cultural values.
 
In meeting these objectives, the report will:
 
    Provide all parties with a level of confidence and understanding related to the proposed activity and the consultation process.

    Provide an informed response from hapu and whanau whom today have proprietary rights as a result of the Northern Waiapu

       Consolidation Scheme, and others. With respect to the proposed development, and for the purpose of pursuing the proposed port,   

       and the wider development itself.

    Gisborne District Council, to effectively take into account the Iwi Management Plan (RMA s. 66 (2A) and s.74 (2A)), and to assess any

       consent applications against RMA section 6, particularly 6 (e), relationship of Maori with ancestral lands, waters and sites, and 6 (f)

       protection of historic (including cultural) heritage from inappropriate use and development; 7 (a) Kaitiakitanga and section 8 Treaty of

       Waitangi.

    Provide a foundation for future discussions between Hapu, Gisborne District Council, and Terrafermah, if so desired by either party.


Methods
 
The preparation of the CIA report involved a review of information, a site visit to the proposed development, and a consultative process of informing the Maori Land Owners (MLO) and community in the Matakaoa.  
 
The process included:
 
    A review of background information provided by our consultants.

    A review of the provisions of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Ngati Porou Settlement Act and other relevant statutes and

       regulations.

    A review of historical information and other written references relevant to this assessment. (BOD)

    A review of Ngati Porou Claims Settlement Act 2012, specifically items on coastal development.

    On-site investigation of the proposed development site (2014,15,16), with representatives from Te Ruawaipu hapu.

    Discussions with tangata whenua with knowledge and experience of the area and values.
    Presentation of the final CIA report recommendations to Ruawaipu consultants for the purposes of obtaining official approval of its

       contents.

    Forwarding of the endorsed CIA to Gisborne District Council and Terrafermah for consideration.