Private Plan Change 78 - Mangawhai Central

  1. Introduction
  2. Relevant information
  3. Hearings
  4. Recommendation and decision
  5. Appeals
  6. Environment Court Directions
  7. Environment Court Evidence
  8. Final Council decision and notification



Private Plan Change 78 (PPC78) was lodged on 3 December 2019 by Mangawhai Central Limited. PPC78 seeks to rezone 130ha of land contained within the Estuary Estates Structure Plan of the operative Kaipara District Plan 2013 (the District Plan), PPC78 area comprises of 83 Molesworth Drive, and Lots 1 and 4 DP 314200 Old Waipu Road, Mangawhai.

PPC78 seeks the following changes to the existing Estuary Estates Structure Plan are shown in the PPC78 Zoning Map. These include:

  • Retain the Estuary Estates zone at 83 Molesworth Drive.
  • Amend Business 1 sub-zone to match its extent to the amended Estuary Estates Structure Plan and reduce its size to 5.32 ha from 7.5 ha.
  • Delete sub-zones 2, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Create new Residential sub-zones 3A, 3B, 3C and 3D replacing existing sub-zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • Amend Service 7 sub-zone to align with the ring road route outlined in the amended Estuary Estates Structure Plan which increases its size from 7.5 ha to 8.03 ha.
  • Create a new integrated residential development overlay over the new Residential 3A sub-zone.
  • Rezone Lots 1 and 4 DP 314200 from Residential to the new Residential 3B and 3C sub-zones, and new Natural Environment 8 sub-zone.
  • The existing Estuary Estates Structure Plan requires an update to reflect the new network for roads, walking, cycling, flood areas and natural area corridors, and new town centre and open space area. This is shown in PPC78 Structure Plan.

PPC78 also requires changes to the provisions of Chapter 16 of the District Plan. Modifications to Chapter 16 pertain to the Estuary Estates description, zones, objectives, policies, rules and/or other methods to provide for the development of the site.

All existing Estuary Estates Structure Plan maps are to be removed and replaced with those proposed under PPC78, once a decision is issued for PPC78. The map amendments relate to Maps 17, 54, 55, 56 and 56A, along with deletion of Appendix E Estuary Estates Sub-Zones.

No other changes to the District Plan are proposed outside of Chapter 16. 

Relevant Information

Further Submissions

Submissions have been received from 199 people by the closing date of 28 May 2020 and have been summarised with the best interpretation of each submission. Nine late submissions have been received since the notification period closed. A decision on whether the late submissions will be accepted will be made by the Hearings Panel at the hearing for PPC78.

In Part A, the summaries of the submissions have these listed under the Submitter’s name in alphabetical order.

In Part B, the summaries of submissions have been classified into particular categories or issues (for example traffic and pedestrian matters, providing for commercial activities in Mangawhai etc.) so that a person who may wish to make a further submission on a particular issue can see what issues he/she may wish to support or oppose.


The Hearing commenced on 23 November 2020 – 25 November 2020. The hearing was open to the public. 
The Mangawhai Domain Hall
75 Moir Street, Mangawhai

Re-convened Hearing 


In accordance with clause 8B of the First Schedule of the Resource Management Act 1991, notice is given for the re-convened hearing of the application by Mangawhai Central Limited for a Private Plan Change to rezone 130ha of land contained within the Estuary Estates Structure Plan of the operative Kaipara District Plan 2013. 

The private plan change was heard on the 23 – 25 November 2020.  It was adjourned to enable the Applicant to provide supplementary evidence and for the Council to address the information request made by the Hearing Panel. The details of the re-convened hearing are as follows:

Date: 03 February 2021
Time: 9.30 am
Venue: Public Library Hall at 45 Moir Street, Mangawhai

The re-convened hearing is to hear the Applicant’s supplementary expert evidence, and the information being provided by the Council   (a report on infrastructure planning and funding) – as well as for the Council Officers to make any additional comment on the proposal having heard the applicant’s evidence, and for the applicant to give their Reply.    The Hearing Panel may  issue further Directions once it has reviewed the additional information.  All the additional evidence, information, and any Direction from the Hearing Panel will be made available to all parties.

Documents received: 

Section 42A Report

Section 42A reports are prepared before a hearing to help the RMA hearings process. The purpose of this report is to assess the plan change under the relevant provisions of the RMA, taking into account the submissions received and to provide recommendations to the Hearings Panel on the issues. This report was made available on this website on Friday 30 October 2020.

More information on the Hearing:

Recommendation and Decision


Appellants must send a copy of their appeals to all applicable submitters, found via Submitter list (you should be able to copy the list of emails into a email header, please note two addresses are mail only.)

Section 274

Environment Court Directions

Environment Court Evidence

Applicant: Mangawhai Central Limited

Respondent: Kaipara District Council


Environment Court decision on both Appeals

Final Council decision and notification


That the Kaipara District Council:
a)  Agrees to amend the Operative Kaipara District Plan in accordance with the Environment Court’s determination and decision at Attachments A and B
b)  Approves Private Plan Change 78 to the Kaipara District Plan (pursuant to Clause 17 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act 1991), circulated as Attachment C;
c)  Delegates the Chief Executive to publicly notify in accordance with Clause 20 of Schedule 1 of the Resource Management Act (1991) that the ‘operative date’ will be 22 July 2022.

Sealed Plan Change 78 dated 19 July 2022

Published public notices advising of approved plan change