The Society has filed four submissions to the Auckland Council Proposed Unitary Plan.
The submissions were prepared by Enviro Planning and Ellis Gould Ltd and filed Thursday 27 February 2014.
The submissions broadly request that the Unitary Plan is consistent with the principles of the Resource Management Act and the Waitakere Heritage Area Act.
The four submissions are titled:
The Society has made a submission on the Auckland Council Governing Body Draft Annual Plan.
“6. The Society are also concerned to avoid impacts from inappropriate recreation and sporting events in the Waitakere Ranges. We thereby submit that the Local Board and Governing Body take a precautionary approach to the granting of consent to ultra-running and marathon events in the Waitakere Ranges. We were concerned that despite being key stakeholders in the Ranges, the Society was not consulted about the latest application, granted on a non-notified basis, for the Lactic Turkey ‘Hillary Trail Ultra’ event. Given the risks facing the forests from PTA/Kauri Die Back Disease, and problems of displacement of other users, during previous consultation many stakeholders including ourselves, had requested such applications be declined. We submit that in the public and environmental interest, further applications be fully notified and all concerns be publicly considered before consent is granted.”
The Society has made a submission on Maui Dolphin Protection
“5. Compulsory comprehensive observer coverage to all set net vessels, including inshore trawl vessels should be enacted immediately. The unique communication systems of marine mammals can be interrupted with catastrophic circumstances for the creatures. In this vein, we ask that a complete ban on human activities which contribute to this communication interference be prohibited within the dolphin’s habitat range.”
For the full submission
On 25 November Dr Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation (DOC) and Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries (MPI) announced significant new protective measures to increase the safety of New Zealand’s endangered Maui’s dolphins including restrictions on set net fishing. Decisions have been made on both the Maui’s dolphin Threat Management Plan review (TMP review) and the variation to the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary.
A package of measures is being implemented as part of the TMP review process. These will aim to address research gaps and to put in place greater protection for Maui’s dolphins from both fisheries and non-fisheries threats. To add to this, all current restrictions to set net fishing, including the interim protection measures introduced in Taranaki in July 2012, will be maintained. For further information on the protection measures being implemented, please refer to doc.govt.nz
Secondly, the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary is being varied to include new restrictions within the existing sanctuary. This variation prohibits commercial and recreational set net fishing between two and seven nautical miles offshore between Pariokariwa Point and the Waiwhakaiho River, Taranaki and increases current set net fishing restrictions by 350 square kilometers.
The variation to the Marine Mammal Sanctuary is in addition to the protection measures put in place as part of the TMP review and will be implemented alongside them. For further information on the variation to the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary, please refer to sanctuary variation