21.2 Objectives and Policies: Waikato River Corridor and Gully Systems
The ecological, amenity, landscape and cultural values of the river corridor and gully system are restored and protected.
An integrated, holistic and co-ordinated approach to management shall be used to protect, enhance and restore the natural, physical, cultural and historical resources and character of the river corridor and gully system.
Development and activities that impact on landform shall be controlled, particularly the:
|i. ||Clearance of vegetation along the river and gullies.|
|ii.||Filling of gullies, including the cumulative effects of such incremental filling.|
The ecological functions of waterways shall be restored and protected by minimising the modification of natural watercourses and riparian margins.
The relationship of Waikato-Tainui with the Waikato River shall be restored and protected.
The relationships of the Waikato Region’s communities with the Waikato River shall be restored and protected.
The loss or disruption of corridors or connections provided by the Waikato River corridor and gully systems which link indigenous ecosystems and habitat fragments shall be avoided.
The connectivity and protective buffering of indigenous ecosystems provided by the Waikato River Corridor and gully system shall be maintained.
The river corridor and gully system is used in a way that recognises and is sensitive to its social, cultural, spiritual and historical character.
Multi-functional use of the river corridor and gully systems shall be encouraged.
The river corridor and gullies shall be used for sporting, recreation and cultural opportunities.
Building designs should suit the wider site context, and shall consider:
|i. ||Surrounding natural characteristics.|
|ii. ||The cultural significance of the surrounds.|
|iii.||Whether opportunities exist to create an iconic feature that enhances the character of the locality.|
The river corridor and gully system shall be promoted to form part of the integrated transportation network, where appropriate.
Future crossings of the river corridor and gully systems shall be required to enhance connectivity of the transport network.
Public access to and along the river corridor and gully systems shall be promoted.
The drainage function of the gully systems shall not be compromised
The river corridor is a key focus for tourism and events.
The use of the river corridor for events and tourism shall be promoted, particularly in the Central City.
Strong visual and physical connections shall be provided between the Central City and the river.
The Waikato River and its margins provide an opportunity for events and tourism. In particular, improving connections between the Central City and the river will increase the attractiveness of the river as an events’ venue and tourism destination.
The health and wellbeing of the Waikato River and gully systems shall be restored and protected.
Significant sites, fisheries, flora and fauna within the Waikato River and gully systems shall be protected and enhanced.
Recognition and avoidance of adverse cumulative effects on the health and wellbeing of the Waikato River and gully systems.
Restoration of water quality within the Waikato River and gully systems.
The Waikato River Settlement “Te Ture Whaimana o Te Awa o Waikato” – The Vision and Strategy for the Waikato River is the primary direction-setting document for the Waikato River and its catchments, which includes all the lakes within the City. The above objective and policies relate to the objectives of the Vision and Strategy.