Plan Change 42 – Mangaroa and Pinehaven Flood Hazard Extents

Plan Change 42 became operative on 12 September 2019.

At its Ordinary Council meeting on 14 August 2019, Council resolved to accept the resolution of the Environment Court Consent Order and approved the Plan Change becoming operative. View the meeting minutes: Ordinary Council Minutes - 14 August 2019(PDF, 201KB)

All appeals were either resolved or withdrawn.

View the meeting agenda: Council Agenda - 14 August 2019(PDF, 11MB)

Expert conferencing was scheduled for April.

The period for filing appeals with the Environment Court on the notified decision of Plan Change 42 closed on 24 May 2018. Details of appeals are in the following table.

Environment Court Reference  Appellant S274 Parties Appeal Documents Scope of Appeal Status


Environment Court Declaration(PDF, 59KB)

A D Jefferies    Notice of Appeal(PDF, 126KB)  Entire Plan Change  Resolved


Environment Court Declaration

Save our Hills (Upper Hutt) Incorporated

Greater Wellington Regional Council(PDF, 401KB)

PowerCo(PDF, 110KB)

Upper Hutt Town & Country Association Inc.(PDF, 76KB)

Notice of Appeal(PDF, 204KB)  Entire Plan Change  Withdrawn

Appeals on Plan Change 42 were lodged by Mr Alan Jefferies and Save Our Hills (Upper Hutt) Incorporated on 24 May 2018. The status of these appeals are detailed in the above table. Environment court declarations

While rules in Plan Change 42 have not been made fully operative, these rules still have legal effect from 11 April 2018 when the Council notified its decision. As such, resource consent would be required for an activity under any relevant rule subject to determining its weighting.

Notified Decision on Plan Change 42

The Council publicly notified the decisions made on Plan Change 42 in the Upper Hutt Leader on the 11 April 2018.  A copy of this public notice is in the table below.

Recommendations from Independent Hearing Commissioner (see below) – 26 February 2018

The Hearing was officially closed on 17 November 2017.

Minute 4 from the commissioner can be found below.

An addendum to Council’s Right of Reply to Minute 3, was issued on 1 November 2017.

Minute 3 of the Commissioner was released on 26 October 2017.

The Independent Commissioners’ recommendations on Proposed Plan Change 42 – Mangaroa and Pinehaven Flood Hazard Extents – have been received. The Commissioners’ report provides recommendations on proposed objectives, policies, rules, and other methods to address flooding in the Mangaroa River and Pinehaven Stream Catchments, and will be considered at an Extraordinary Council meeting on 27 March 2018. Details of this meeting will be publicised in due course and you will be notified accordingly.

Council’s Right of Reply was released on 20 October 2017. 

A hearing for Plan Change 42 was held  27 – 29 September 2017

In accordance with Section 42A of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Upper Hutt City Council makes available the Officer’s Report of Proposed Plan Change 42, prior to its hearing to be held on 27 September 2017.

The report, and all associated documentation is available below. The report seeks to inform the Hearings Commissioner of the Plan Change process thus far, provides an assessment and decision on submissions received, and proposes consequential changes to previously notified provisions.

Any further questions on this or the hearing should be directed to or telephone (04) 527 2169.


Further submissions closed on 8 June 2017 at 5pm

Further submissions can be read by clicking on the links in the table below.

The Resource Management Act 1991 and the Wellington Regional Policy Statement requires that councils addresses the risks associated with natural hazards. Plan Change 42 addresses the risk from flooding within the Mangaroa River and Pinehaven Stream catchments for the 1:100 year flood event.

The current District Plan objectives, policies and rules do not recognise the identified Flood Hazard Extent and associated risk to development for either the Mangaroa River or the Pinehaven Stream. Consequently, further development undertaken in accordance with the existing District Plan provisions within either of these Flood Hazard Extents could unacceptably increase the risk to people and property from flooding.

The plan change identifies a range of risks associated with flood events in both the Pinehaven Stream and Mangaroa River catchments. The proposed provisions seek to avoid development in the high hazard areas and avoid and mitigate the risk from flooding in the lower hazard areas.

Contact details: Email us at or telephone (04) 527 2169.

Council has received requests by the public for additional information regarding technical information which informed proposed Mangaroa River flood extent. This flood extend was derived from 2015 Mangaroa Hydraulic Modelling Report, which can be found here: Mangaroa River Flood Hazard Assessment(PDF, 7MB)

All PDF links on this page open in a new window. Please click the titles to open the documents.


Stage Documents


Notification Documents

Public Notice(PDF, 71KB)

Section 32 Report(PDF, 725KB)

Notification Report(PDF, 381KB)

Amendments to District Plan Chapters

Chapter 2: General Procedures(PDF, 222KB)

Chapter 9: Subdivision and Earthworks(PDF, 264KB)

Chapter 14: Natural Hazards(PDF, 164KB)

Chapter 16: Utilities(PDF, 264KB)

Chapter 17: Hazardous Substances(PDF, 143KB)

Chapter 18: Residential Zone Rules(PDF, 2MB)

Chapter 19: Rural Zone Rules(PDF, 439KB)

Chapter 20: Business Zone Rules(PDF, 1MB)

Chapter 23: Rules for Earthworks(PDF, 262KB)

Chapter 30:Rules for Utilities(PDF, 277KB)

Chapter 33: Natural Hazards Combined(PDF, 174KB)

Chapter 34: Hazardous Substances Rule(PDF, 109KB)

Chapter 35: Definitions(PDF, 435KB)

Plan Change 42 Maps(PDF, 9MB)


Submission Documents

Summary of Submissions(PDF, 346KB)

Public Notice(PDF, 61KB)

Further Submissions Form 6(PDF, 38KB)


#1 PC 42 Tindale(PDF, 743KB)

#2 PC 42 Bellamy (Forest and Bird)(PDF, 324KB)

# 3 PC 42 Stewart(PDF, 103KB)

# 4 PC 42 Longstaffe(PDF, 480KB)

# 5 PC 42 Brown(PDF, 410KB)

# 6 PC 42 Williams(PDF, 753KB)

# 7 PC 42 Powerco Ltd(PDF, 506KB)

# 9 PC 42 Allan(PDF, 8MB)

# 10 PC 42 Mackey(PDF, 748KB)

# 11 PC 42 Robinson(PDF, 169KB)

# 12 PC 42 Save Our Hills(PDF, 82KB)

# 13 PC 42 Forbes(PDF, 2MB)

# 14 PC 42 Ross(PDF, 249KB)

# 15 PC 42 Workman(PDF, 1MB)

# 16 PC 42 Pattinson(PDF, 63KB)

# 17 PC 42 Moynihan(PDF, 1MB)

# 18 PC 42 Mrs Moynihan(PDF, 311KB)

# 19 PC 42 Town and Country(PDF, 116KB)

# 20 PC 42 Save Our Hills (McLennan)(PDF, 204KB)

# 21 PC 42 GWRC(PDF, 149KB)

# 22 PC 42 Berkett(PDF, 2MB)

# 23 PC 42 Jefferies(PDF, 437KB)

# 24 PC 42 Transpower(PDF, 2MB)

# 25 PC 42 Myers(PDF, 742KB)

Further Submissions

#01 PC 42 Further submission - PowerCo(PDF, 240KB)

#02 PC 42 Further submission - Save Our Hills

Pre Hearing  

 The Hearing for Plan Change 42 was scheduled for 27-29 September 2017

Commissioner Minute #1 (PDF, 407KB)

Council Officer's s42A Hearing Report and associated appendices:

s42A Hearing Report(PDF, 668KB)

Pre- Hearing Meeting Notes UHCC PC42 18 September 2017(PDF, 350KB)


Submitter statements

# 24 PC 42 Transpower Statement(PDF, 216KB)

# 7 PC 42  Powerco Ltd Statement(PDF, 423KB)

# 22 PC 42 Berkett Statement(PDF, 2MB)

Hearing Schedule  27-29 September(PDF, 55KB) (Updated)

Expert Evidence

# 16 Pattinson(PDF, 4MB)

Legal Advice

Section 13 – River Bed(PDF, 131KB)

Hearing statements

#2   Forest and Bird (Bellamy)(PDF, 329KB)

#4   D Longstaffe(PDF, 45KB)

#6   Williams

#7   Powerco(PDF, 682KB)

#8   Baines(PDF, 2MB)

#11 Robinson(PDF, 2MB)

#12 Save Our Hills(PDF, 82KB)

#16  Pattinson(PDF, 613KB)

#19  UHTCH (McLellan)(PDF, 3MB)

#22  Berkett(PDF, 2MB)

#23  Jefferies(PDF, 8MB)

#24  Transpower(PDF, 216KB)

#25  GWRC (Harper)(PDF, 160KB)

#25  GWRC (Westlake) (PDF, 122KB)


Hearing Site Visits(PDF, 48KB)

Hearing Attendance record 27-29 September 2017(PDF, 2MB)

Commissioner Minute 2(PDF, 512KB)


Post Hearing  

Council’s Right of Reply 20 October 2017(PDF, 2MB)

Michael Law Supplementary Evidence October 2017(PDF, 3MB)

Kyle Christensen Supplementary Evidence October 2017(PDF, 2MB)

Commissioner Minute 3 October 2017(PDF, 510KB)

Minute 3 – Officer Right of Reply [Addendum](PDF, 128KB)

Minute 4 – To formally signal the close of the hearing(PDF, 352KB)


Recommendation from Independent Hearing Commissioner 

Plan change 42   – Recommendation of Independent Hearing Commissioner(PDF, 2MB)

Appendix 1  – Recommended Decisions – by submitter(PDF, 707KB)

Appendix 2  –Section 32AA updated(PDF, 617KB)



Plan Change 42 – Public Notice of Decision 

Appendix 1 – Extraordinary Council Minutes 27/03/2018(PDF, 12MB)

Appendix 2 – Plan Change 42 – Decision(PDF, 3MB)

Appendix 3 – Flood Planning Maps(PDF, 11MB)


Decision District Plan Chapters:

01 – General Procedures(PDF, 176KB)

02 – Definitions(PDF, 819KB)

09 – Subdivision and Earthworks(PDF, 764KB)

14 – Natural Hazards(PDF, 272KB)

16 – Utilities(PDF, 614KB)

17 – Hazardous Substances(PDF, 339KB)

18 – Residential Zone Rules(PDF, 3MB)

19 – Rural Zone Rules(PDF, 910KB)

20 – Business Zone Rules(PDF, 2MB)

23 – Rules for Earthworks(PDF, 620KB)

30 – Rules for Utilities(PDF, 758KB)

33 – Natural Hazards Combined(PDF, 479KB)

34 – Hazardous Substances Rule(PDF, 304KB)

All above Chapters (Combined PDF)(PDF, 8MB)