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Ecosystem & Indigenous Biodiversity - Landowner Consultation

Ecosystem & Indigenous Biodiversity - Landowner Consultation

Introduction

Thanks for taking time to complete this questionnaire. We value your feedback as it will really help us understand how the draft provisions effect landowners.

The questionnaire is designed to focus landowners on the aspects of the draft provisions that will likely be of most interest. It should take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. You are welcome to make comments outside the scope of the questions provided by attaching a separate document at the bottom of this questionnaire.

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1. Permitted clearance of indigenous vegetation

What’s Proposed:

The draft provisions permit (no resource consent required) the clearance of indigenous vegetation:

  • not located in a Significant Natural Area (SNA) and not located in a sensitive area
  • where trees cause an imminent danger to human life, structures or utilities;
  • by Ngāi Tahu for the purposes of mahinga kai or other customary uses.
Reason for provisions:
  • Indigenous vegetation outside of SNAs and sensitive areas is unlikely to warrant protection.
  • It is logical to remove trees that cause danger to life and property.
  • The RMA requires Council to recognise and provide for the relationship of Maori and their culture and traditions.
Question 1:

2. Clearance of indigenous vegetation in sensitive areas

What’s Proposed:

The draft provisions require resource consent for clearance of indigenous vegetation in sensitive areas

Reason for provisions:

The RMA requires the maintenance of indigenous biodiversity. This extends to areas outside of SNAs. The above listed areas are thought to be areas most likely to have indigenous biodiversity worthy of maintaining outside of SNAs.

Question 2a:
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3. Clearance of indigenous vegetation in the bat protection area

What’s Proposed:

The draft provisions require resource consent for removal of any tree in the Long Tail Bat protection area which is:

  • a native tree with trunk circumference at breast height greater than 31.5cm.
  • an exotic tree, excluding willow with a trunk circumference at breast height greater than 70cm
  • any willow tree with a trunk circumference at breast height greater than 120 cm.

Matters will be considered in processing resource consents can be viewed on our terminology page.

Reason for provisions:

The RMA requires Council to protect the habitat of significant indigenous fauna. This includes habitat that is not indigenous. The Long Tailed Bat has the highest threat classification of nationally critical. The South Canterbury population of Long Tail Bat is the only population on the east coast of the south island. Trees above a certain size are likely to contain habitat for Long Tailed Bat.

Question 3a:
Question 3b:
Question 3c:

4. Clearance of indigenous vegetation and earthworks in SNAs

What’s Proposed:

The draft provisions require resource consent for clearance of indigenous vegetation and earthworks within SNAs.

Reason for provisions:

The RMA requires the protection of SNAs as a matter of national importance.

Question 4a:
Question 4b:

5. Planting of pest species

What’s Proposed:

The draft provisions require resource consent for the planting of 25 plant pest species prone to wilding spread e.g. Contorta pine, Douglas fir, Crack willow. Current Plant Pest Species List which can be viewed on our terminology page.

Reason for provisions:

Plant pests are prone to wilding spread and can outcompete indigenous species resulting in their clearance.

Question 5a:

6. Any other comment

Please make any other comment here or attach a separate document.

Publish Date: 18 Apr 2019