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Spatial planning workshops underway

18 Apr 2019

Spatial planning workshops underway

Spatial Plan 2050

Gisborne District Council is holding a series of stakeholder workshops to inform development of a 30-year aspirational plan for the region, 'Tairawhiti 2050.'

Director of transformation and relationships, Keita Kohere says it’s a hugely exciting project.

“It’s the first time in a long time the region has had a meaningful discussion about future land use and the legacy we want to build for our mokopuna.”

We want to work with the community, stakeholders and tangata whenua to develop a shared vision for Tairawhiti, and the workshops will provide the first steps in community engagement. We need to think about how we respond to the key challenges and opportunities facing Tairawhiti now and over the next 30 years, including climate change, biodiversity loss, changing technology and population growth.

The plan will provide part of the evidence base for the Tairawhiti Resource Management Plan review and help to identify investment and collaboration opportunities throughout the region.

The first two workshops were held this week beginning with ‘resilient communities’ on Tuesday evening. The group was given the focus question: “How does Tairawhiti become more resilient to climate change and natural hazards?”

There was plenty of robust discussion about the challenges we face as a region and the potential opportunities and solutions. Some of the conversation was based around how we need to live within our limits and have an integrated and holistic view of impacts and effects. There was a call for regional leadership and the use of evidence and risk-based decision making and a discussion about how to incentivise behaviour change.

On Wednesday evening, a group met to consider the question ‘how can we better protect what we value in Tairawhiti?’ There was a clear message that our approach needs to be catchment based and community led, and that Council has an important leadership role. There’s also huge potential to increase our network of walking and cycling tracks and trails and celebrate our heritage and diversity.

It’s not too late to register for one the remaining workshops:

  • Sustainable land use   Monday 29 April
  • Settlement patterns    Tuesday 30 April
  • Connected region      Wednesday 1 May
  • Thriving economy       Thursday 2 May

We’re also looking at ways we can connect with our rangatahi, hapu, landowners and all parts of our community. We’re available to come and meet with your group, organisation or school to discuss the future of Tairawhiti.

To find out more about the Tairawhiti 2050 plan, request a hui, or to give us your feedback visit shapetairawhiti.nz(external link) or email shapetairawhiti@gdc.govt.nz.