What we do and why we do it

The environment function of Council is carried out in terms of the requirements of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA). This function requires the monitoring and reporting on the state of the Chatham Islands environment – its land, air, water and coastal resources; and review, at not less than 10-year intervals, of policy for managing the natural and physical resources of the Chatham Islands. 

Ensuring the ongoing involvement of the community in defining issues, developing policy and through to implementing best practice methods to manage issues, is an important part of the function.

Chatham Island Resource Management Document 2018 – Partially Operative

At a Council meeting on 15 December 2017 the Chatham Islands Council resolved to make the Chatham Islands Resource Management Document partially operative on 31 January 2018.

See the decision documents, relevant to the development of the Chatham Islands Resource Management Document, below:

Resource Management Document 2001

The 2001 Chatham Islands Resource Management Document has mostly been superseded by the partially operative Chatham Islands Resource Management Document 2018. However, parts of the 2001 document that relate to the Coastal Marine Area will remain relevant to resource consent processes until such time as the 2018 document is made fully operative. You can read the entire 2001 Chatham Islands Resource Management Document here:

Monitoring Activities

Council is required to monitor the state of the environment, so it can effectively carry out its functions under the RMA. Monitoring of various resources can provide us with information that will:

  • inform us about the current condition of the environment;
  • tell us what the key pressures on the environment are, whether the environment is getting better or worse, and what the Council is doing or intending to do to look after the environment;
  • allow Council to assess the effectiveness of policies and methods relating to environmental management;
  • raise awareness of environmental issues in the community;
  • assist in making suggestions on ways to reduce adverse environmental effects; and
  • enable Council to support a range of practical, on the ground responses, to address specific issues.

State of the Environment Report

This State of the Environment Report includes details of water quality monitoring and ecosystem health of the lakes, streams and Te Whanga lagoon on Chatham Island/Rehoku in September 2007.