Northern News : November 28th 2012
5 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2012 NEWS TICK THE BOXES THAT SUIT YOU AND CONTACT US...... 34 Rankin Street, Kaikohe • Phone: 09 401 0268 firstname.lastname@example.org • www.tobinplumbers.co.nz 4926775AA FIRES CALIFONTS GAS STOVES WATER PUMPS WATER TANKS HOT WATER CYLINDERS BATHROOM FITTINGS LAY-BUY FAMILY FINANCE FARMERS CARD Q CARD EFTPOS VISA MASTERCARD Buying Gold NOW Top Rates Keoghans Showcase Jewellers 66 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Phone: 09 407 7424 Email: email@example.com Coastal landowners to put up fight By DENISE PIPER Natural character: Surf's up at Matapouri. How our natural and physical resources are managed in the future is causing concern among landowners, with those on the coast affected most. Photo: NICK UNKOVICH INFORMATION The proposed Regional Policy Statement and supporting documents are at nrc.govt.nz/newRPS or at regional council offices and public libraries. Call 470 1200 for more information -- including how your property will be affected -- or see the website to make a submission. Landowners are having their freedom under- mined and property rights taken away, with the latest attack being the Northland Regional Council's Regional Policy Statement. That is the view of Landowners' Coalition convenor Bob Syron who says he is joined by more than 300 landowners across Northland pre- pared to fight. Personally I believe that the politicians are undermining personal property rights and mak- ing a mockery of Anzac Day -- taking away peo- ple's property rights and personal freedoms,'' he says. The council released its new proposed Regional Policy State- ment for Northland in October after more than two years' work. Submissions are open until December 3. The statement sets out how Northland's natural and physical resources will be managed. About 23,000 proper- ties across Northland are identified in associated maps showing coastal land, areas of high and outstanding natural character, plus outstand- ing natural landscapes and outstanding natural features. This includes up to 10,000 properties which are newly identified but no rules or guidelines have been released for these mapped areas. Mr Syron surmises the rules will mean restric- tions on everyday rural activities, such as minor land clearance, animal stocking and building, impacting the pro- ductivity of farming and forestry productivity. But it is not solely the fault of the regional council, he says. The National Party's 2010 New Zealand Coa- stal Policy Statement is the main issue. The regional council says the impact on map- ped areas will depend on what applies in the dis- trict plan now. Policy programme manager Justin Murfitt says there are many layers and many steps in the planning process which means the rules cannot just be released. The Regional Policy Statement shows where the outstanding areas are, it cannot contain the rules. Once it becomes oper- ative, the policy will be incorporated into regional and district plans and it is this pro- cess which will deter- mine any rules. Many of the rules will be district council rules -- covering subdivisions and new buildings.'' But Mr Murfitt says areas of high or out- standing natural charac- ter have never been identified in Northland before and new rules will have to be written. Natural character is land mostly in a highly natural state. Mr Murfitt agrees there are some landowners who will be subject to tighter devel- opment controls. It's raised some eyeb- rows and that's per- fectly understandable when we're talking about property rights.'' But he says it depends on what they are zoned as now -- and some may even have the rules relaxed. He encourages landowners to get involved, find out about the difference between what they are currently zoned as and the new mapping, and inform the council if they think the mapping is wrong. IN BRIEF Assault charge A 37-year-old man from Moerewa was arrested on Tuesday for assault with intent to injure a woman and child. He appeared in court later that day and remained in custody. Teens found Two teenagers missing from Paihia were found on Sunday hitch-hiking in Massey. The male, aged 19, had been missing for over a week and the 16-year-old female went missing early Saturday morning. The girl was interviewed by Child, Youth and Family Services before being reunited with her family. Backpackers hit A burglary took place on Wednesday at a backpackers in central Kerikeri. Several items were stolen including a distinctive red jacket and alcohol from the fridge. Anyone with information contact 09 407 9211. False complaint A 48-year-old woman from Kerikeri area was arrested on Friday afternoon for making a false statement of assault by her partner. THE IMPACT Bob Syron says the mapping process will affect productive land, such as his in Kauri Mountain which he bought in the early 1980s for forestry. After planting some pine trees, the price of timber fell through the floor so he stopped planting. But in 2004 when he went to start planting again he was prohibited because of Whangarei District Council's proposed Outstanding Landscape policy. After fighting the council in 2006 and 2011, the Outstanding Landscapes policy was withdrawn but Mr Syron says the Regional Policy Statement is like it on a much larger scale. The Landowners Coalition is holding a public meeting at Maungaturoto Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. Contact 0274 737 914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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