Plan Change 54: Papakāinga
We’re proposing some new rules to better enable Papakāinga development in Matamata-Piako, and we want to know what you think.
The Papakāinga Plan Change (PC 54) seeks to include new rules that enable quality papakāinga development that supports the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of tangata whenua.
One of the key aspects of the Plan Change is the creation of a new zone called the Māori Purpose Zone. The Māori Purpose Zone is proposed to have two separate precincts.
Precinct 1 - Papakāinga Tahi
Sites that are proposed to be re-zoned as Papakāinga Tahi (MPZ-PREC1) have existing marae and directly adjoining Māori freehold blocks. The MPZ-PREC1 will provide the most enabling provisions for papakāinga by:
- Increasing housing density in comparison to rural zoning by proposing one residential unit per 5000m2 of site area, up to a maximum of 10 residential units; and
- Establishment of home businesses and small-scale community facilities, education facilities, healthcare facilities, urupa, relocatable buildings and accessory buildings.
Precinct 2 - Papakāinga Rua
Sites that are proposed to be rezoned as Papakāinga Rua (MPZ-PREC2) have existing papakāinga. These sites are connected to Council services and therefore have the ability to provide for further housing, subject to maintaining appropriate standards of amenity. Please refer to the maps of ‘Rukumoana Road’ and ‘Raungaiti Marae’ to view these sites.
These sites will be able to build one house per 500m2 of site area, if they are under the title of:
- Māori Freehold land; or
- A legal mechanism is put in place to ensure the land will be maintained in whanau ownership in perpetuity.
District Wide Provisions
For sites that are not included in the new Māori Purpose Zone, we are including provisions that will enable papakāinga development on Māori Freehold Land, General Land owned by Māori (if it can be demonstrated there is an ancestral connection and a legal mechanism in place to ensure the land is maintained in whanau ownership in perpetuity), and Treaty Settlement Land in the Rural and Rural-Residential Zone.
Just like any development on private property, the cost to develop falls on the property owners. Council, through the District Plan, sets the guidelines for papakāinga and how the district can develop and grow, but does not contribute to the development costs. It will be up to the landowners to decide if/when they wish to develop papakāinga on their land, and to fund the development. There are national funds available that may assist to establish papakāinga.
We want to hear from you! If you’re keen to join the conversation around this plan change or need more information, here are some simple ways you can connect with us:
- Complete the online submission form; or
Re-Notification of Plan Change
We first advertised Plan Change 54 - Papakāinga in November 2022, then we discovered an error on our website (we had published the earlier version by mistake), which meant we had to withdraw the plan change. Now we're advertising it again - with the correct information listed below.
If you submitted to the plan change in November that was withdrawn and would like your submission carried forward, or help making a new submission please call us on 0800 746 467.
Submissions close at 4.30pm on Monday, 13 February 2023
- Section 32 Assessment
- Appendix A - Marae
- Appendix B - Maori Land
- Appendix C - Issues and Options
- Appendix D - Research from other District Plans
- Appendix E - Proposed Provisions
- Appendix F - Maps
- Appendix G
If you want to compare this information to what was originally advertised in November, you can:
- view a highlighted version of the changes (showing the corrections between the original notified version and the re-notified version) ; or
- see the full list of documents that were originally notified (note that many of these are the same as those listed above - it was only the proposed Māori Purpose Zone provisions that were incorrectly advertised).
Frequently Asked Questions
Council is not undertaking any Papakāinga development – we are just reviewing the rules to enable these developments to occur, if the landowners wish to. The only costs are administrative costs to make changes to the plan and consult with the community, which we are required to do under the Resource Management Act.
Just like any development on private property, the cost to develop falls on the property owners.
Council sets out the guidelines for papakāinga and how the district can develop and grow, but does not contribute to the development costs.
There are national funds available that may assist developers to establish papakāinga.
We’ve sought community feedback on this plan change twice:
- once at the start of 2022 - seeking feedback on draft Papakāinga development rules. This feedback influenced the proposed rules we are consulting on as Plan Change 54.
- We then notified the proposed plan change under the Resource Management Act on 8 November 2022. This was subsequently withdrawn on 8 December after we discovered we had accidentally advertised the old rules (the ones above) on our website.
- We have now corrected the error and are re-advertising the plan change, seeking submissions until 4.30pm on Monday 13 February, 2023. If you shared your views as part of the first (informal) consultation, you need to submit them again so they can be included in the formal process. If you submitted to the plan change in November that was withdrawn and would like your submission carried forward, or help making a new submission please call us on 0800 746 467.
How Māori land is owned is different, so it requires different rules. Ownership of Māori land involves a “shares system” — whānau with officially recognised interests in a block of land have “shares” in the whenua. When a shareholder dies their interests, or shares, are divided between their descendants. This means that over time, there are more and more owners, or shareholders, in a block of land. Some blocks now have hundreds of shareholders, which makes it difficult (or impossible) to develop the land, without specific planning rules for Māori land.
Affordable housing is a significant issue for many New Zealanders. While this specific plan change addresses housing for Māori, it is only one of several plan changes underway or in the pipeline to ensure our District Plan meets the current and future needs of our community.
For example, we recently reviewed the rules in for settlements (smaller townships like Hinuera, Te Poi, Waihou etc) and introduced options for minor residential housing, and providing for more subdivision in these areas. We are also in the early stages of a plan change looking at land use and options in Waharoa, and investigating the feasibility of zoning more industrial land in Te Aroha.
We’ve also recently undertaken a Business and Housing Assessment to understand what land is available in the district, and what is likely to be required in future (e.g. do we have enough residential land, commercial land, or industrial land?). The outcomes of this assessment will help provide direction for what other plan changes may be required.
The rules we’re proposing are about creating quality, warm, affordable housing to attract whānau back to their whenua.
The draft rules include limits on the number of dwellings per hectare, and all homes will have to meet modern building standards.
The District Plan is guided by and must meet the aims of the Resource Management Act, set out by Government. One of those aims is to recognise and provide for a number of matters of national importance, one of which is the relationship of Māori, honouring their culture traditions with ancestral lands, sites and other taonga (treasures).
Our District Plan has had provisions for papakāinga since it was proposed in 1996 - this plan change is just reviewing and updating these provisions to better enable papakāinga development to occur.
Recently, the government introduced the new National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land (NPS-HPL), which aims to protect highly productive land. This will play a significant role in how our district grows and develops as Matamata-Piako has a lot of class 1-3 soils. However, papakāinga development is specifically excluded from consideration under the NPS-HPL, so it does not affect this proposed plan change.
Plan Change Process
25 January 2022
8 November 2022
Plan change withdrawn due to clerical error
15 December 2022
Re-notified for public submissions
21 December 2022
Submissions close at 4.30pm on Monday, 13 February 2023
Council calls for further submissions
Hearing Commissioners to consider submissions
Plan change decision notified, Environment Court appeal period
Plan change operative
*Note that this timeline shows the entire plan change process. Timeframes are indicative only as the plan change process is fluid. The dates will change from time to time as we work through this process
We're happy to answer any questions you have about this plan change - feel free to contact us on
- 0800 746 467 and ask to speak to Kumesh Naidu about the Papakainga Plan Change