Tasman District Council staff and councillors will be out and about this spring seeking your views on our environmental and development issues and opportunities, as we begin work on Aorere ki uta, Aorere ki tai – the new Tasman Environment Plan.

Mayor Tim King says Tasman is a special place to live. “Our urban, rural, and coastal areas provide us with a great lifestyle, and they are the foundation of many livelihoods. As a region we have a lot to offer and as a result our towns and local centres are growing.

“It’s important we plan for the future by encouraging quality development in appropriate places, backing sustainable industries and production, and protecting and restoring our environment.”

Over October and November, we’re hosting 20 family-friendly community events across the District for you to have your say on some big topics.

Environmental Policy Manager Barry Johnson says community input will shape the direction of the new plan.

“This plan will be created in partnership with iwi and our communities over the next couple of years. It will be an important document that will eventually replace our current resource management plans as the blueprint for how we grow as a District and use our land, air, and water.”

Tasman District covers nearly 10,000km2 of diverse landscapes, from large mountainous areas to valleys and plains. Significant rivers such as the Buller, Motueka, Aorere, Tākaka, and Wairoa move through the land and flow to lakes and estuaries, transporting valuable freshwater on their journey. There is native bush and bird life, deep caves, golden sand beaches, productive farmlands and horticulture, and good fishing in our bays and rivers.

The Tasman Environment Plan will help look after these treasures through policies and rules covering air and water quality, biodiversity, climate change and natural hazards, and how we use our rural areas, coast and towns.

Have your say

Join us at one of our friendly pop-up events across the District this spring.

Coming up in October:

Māpua: Monday 12 October, 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm, Māpua Bowling Club, 84 Aranui Road.

Wakefield: Monday 19 October, 4.00 pm – 7.30 pm, St. John's Worship Centre, 130 Edward Street.

Richmond: Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October, 9.00 am – 6.00 pm, inside the Richmond Mall (Ginger and @cquisitions entrance).

Ngatimoti: Sunday 25 October, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm, Ngatimoti Festival, 4 Greenhill Road.

Rotoiti: Wednesday 28 October, 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm, Rotoiti Community Hall, 22 Main Road, St Arnaud.

Tasman: Thursday 29 October, 4.00 pm – 7.30 pm, Tasman Bible Church, 6 Williams Road.

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