District Plan Variation 3 - Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan

A direction of the hearing commissioners has been issued. Any further information and/or expert evidence to be called at the hearing by the proponent (Hot Water Beach NZ Ltd) is to be provided by midday Thursday 1 April 2021. Any submitter or further submitter who intends to call expert evidence at the hearing is to provide that expert evidence by midday Friday 16 April 2021.


Hot Water Beach (NZ) Ltd has made a written request for a variation to the Proposed District Plan. The request seeks to insert a new structure plan into Section 27 of the Proposed District Plan.

The new structure plan is for a site located at 790C Hot Water Beach Road, Hot Water Beach. See location plan below. The proposed structure plan will enable subdivision for 45 ‘rural-residential’ lots and dwellings on an existing rural lot at Hot Water Beach. The purpose of the structure plan “… is to provide for the development and use of the land for rural residential purposes within a conservation framework established for the enhancement and protection of the ecological values and biodiversity of the site.”

The proposed ‘Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan’ contains rules for future subdivision and development of the site. The development will require restoration and protection of ecological values and indigenous biodiversity, landscaping of the site, restoration and enrichment planting for conservation purposes, with animal and plant pest control.

Location Map;

Please click to view the documents on Variation 3 - Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan

Facilitated Meeting 20 May 2021

In accordance with the ‘Direction’ issued on 18 March 2021 by the Hearing Commissioners for Variation 3 ‘Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan’, a Facilitation Meeting between the parties to the hearing has been arranged.

The facilitation meeting is scheduled for:
Date and time: Thursday 20 May 2021 at 10.30am

 Location:  Community Board room, Mercury Bay Service Centre, Monk Street, Whitianga

Please advise us by email if you wish to attend the facilitation meeting hillary.hodges@tcdc.govt.nz or customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz 


A hearing is scheduled for Monday 15 March 2021 and if required Tuesday 16 March 2021 at the Mercury Bay Service Centre 10 Monk Street, Whitianga.

The Commissioners appointed for this hearing are Alan Watson and Paul Cooney.

If you have indicated, you wish to be heard all the details have been sent to via email.

If you have any questions regarding this hearing please contact customer.services@tcdc.govt.nz or 07 8680200

Directions of the Hearing Commissioners 

Direction one of the Hearing Commissioners - Issued 16 February 2021 

Direction two of the Hearing Commissioners - Issued 18 March 2021

Direction three of the Hearing Commissioners - Issued 22 March 2021

Direction four of the Hearing Commissioners - Issued 16 April 2021

Proponent's Evidence

Proponent's evidence supplied 1 and 2 March 2021. 

Covering memorandum  

Consolidated Structure Plan (Version 11) with Diagrams A to F and Attachments 1-3

Taiwawe Catchment Strucure Plan - Diagram A: Conservation and Development Areas

Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan Diagram B: Hot Water Beach. Te Puia and Taiwawe Lane Intersection Design 

Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan Diagram C & D: Typical cross sections 

Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan Diagram E & F: Typical cross sections E &F 

Statement of Evidence - G Lawrence (with attachments) 

Statement of Evidence - Traffic Planning Assessment

Statement of Evidence - M Chapman, Stormwater Management

Taiwawe Catchment Surface Water Runoff Management (V4) 

Satement of Evidence - N Goldwater - Ecological Assessment

Statement of Evidence - P Green - Survey Review 

Staement of Evidence - P Kelsey - GeotechnicalFigure 1 and Figure 2  - Earthtech Geotechnical Assessment Report (attachment a) 

Statement of Evidence - S Brown - Landscape Architect - Attachments accompanied to this statement (Attachment 4 & 5, 6-18, 19-22) can be found here

Proponent's Supplementary Evidence Received 31 March 2021

Covering Memorandum

Consolidated Structure Plan (Version 12) 

TAIWAWE CATCHMENT STRUCTURE PLAN DIAGRAM B: Hot Water Beach, Te Puia Place and Taiwawe Lane Intersection Design and DIAGRAMS C-F (Typical Road Cross Sections) 

DIAGRAMS C-D (Typical Road Cross Sections) 

DIAGRAMS E-F (Typical Road Cross Sections) 

Statement of Evidence of Philip Green (Survey Review) 

Supplementary Statement of Evidence John Burgess (Traffic Assesment), and email correspondence 

Supplementary Statement of Evidence Michael Chapman (Stormwater)

Supplementary Statement of Evidence Nicholas Goldwater (Ecological) 

Supplementary Statement of Evidence Stephen Brown (Landscape)

Supplementary Statement of Evidence Graeme Lawrence (Planning) 


Submitter Evidence

Waikato Regional Council 

Tracey Lamason Planners Plus on behalf of Diane Hinds (submitter 11) 

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Supplementary Submitter evidence 

Tracey Lamason (Planners Plus) on behalf of Diane Hinds (submitter 11) 

Section 42A Hearing Report

This is a summary of all the submissions and further submissions, and recommendations made for the Commissioner's consideration.

Section 42a hearing report 

Section 42a hearing report attachment 1

Section 42a hearing report attachment 2

Supplementary Section 42A Hearing Report 

Supplementary 42A Report 

Supplementary 42A Report attachment 1 - Traffic 

Supplementary 42A Report attachment 2 - Ecology (Preliminary peer-review by Gerry Kessels)

Supplementary 42A Report attachment 3 - 'Mechanics and Workability’ of proposed provisions


Submissions were are open from 8am Friday 24 July 2020 to 5pm Friday 28 August 2020. Submissions have now closed. Further submissions were open from 4 December - 18 December 2020.

Further Submissions

A summary of the decisions sought in the submissions lodged on Variation  - 3 'Taiwawe Catchment Structure Plan' has been compiled. Council notifed for further submissions on the 4 December 2020.

'Further submissions' only allow people to either support or oppose an original submission on the variation.

The summary of the decisions sought by submitters and a copy of any submission can be viewed online or by clicking on each submitter below. 

Summary of Decisions Sought in Submissions

Original submissions

Late submissions (received after 28 August 2020)

In accordance with Clause 8 in Schedule 1 of the RMA, only the following persons may lodge a 'further submission' supporting or opposing any original submission:

  • Any person representing a relevant aspect of the public interest; or
  • Any person that has an interest in the variation greater than the interest that the general public has; or
  • The Thames-Coromandel District Council.

A 'further submission' is limited to either supporting or opposing any submission or submission point in an original submission. New matters cannot be raised in a 'further submission'.

A copy of the 'further submission' must be sent to the person who made the original submission within 5 working days of serving the submission on the Council.