What is Plan Change 19?

Plan Change 19 is a proposed set of policies, objectives and rules for the Mackenzie District Plan.  It refers to rules for managing and controlling activities on lakes and rivers in the Mackenzie District.  

The new rules and policies relating specifically to Lake Pukaki are:

Rural Policy 8B – Lake Pukaki:

To protect the unique natural quiet, beauty and tranquillity values and experience of Lake Pukaki by avoiding motorised activities on the Lake other than for essential activities.

Rural Objective 8 Activities on or within Waterbodies.

Recreational activities being undertaken on or within the District waterways and riverbeds in a manner which avoids, remedies or mitigates potential adverse effects on conservation values, wildlife and wildlife habitats, public health and safety, recreational values, takata whenua values and general amenity values.

The unique natural and cultural values of Lake Pukaki and its prominent position at the foot of Aoraki are highly valued locally, nationally and internationally. It is very important that these values, which include natural quiet and tranquillity, remoteness, grandeur and wildness, and the experience of these values, are not compromised by motorised boating on the Lake.’

Rule Change 7A.2 Activities on or within Lake Pukaki

7A.2.1     Permitted Activities on or within Lake Pukaki

7A.2.1.a  Use of motorised and non-motorised craft for search and rescue, civil emergency, scientific research and monitoring and pest control purposes.

7A.2.1.b  Non-commercial non-motorised activities

7A.2.2     Non-complying Activities on or within Lake Pukaki

7A.2.2.a  Commercial non-motorised activities

7A.2.2.b  Jetties and boat ramps

7A.2.3     Prohibited Activities

7A.2.3.a  Commercial motorised activities

7A.2.3.b  Non-commercial motorised activities

7A.2.3.c  Craft on the surface of waterways used for accommodation


What is an Outstanding Natural Landscape (ONL)?

The RMA considers an ONL to be the highest form of protection outside of public conservation land. The views, ancient moraine, wildlife and natural landscape surrounding Lake Pukaki are some of the reasons Lake Pukaki was found to be part of the ONL.   This makes the Lake’s protection from inappropriate use and development is a matter of national importance

This means that Council has an obligation to sustainably manage the use, development, and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety while sustaining the potential of natural and physical resources (excluding minerals) to meet the reasonably foreseeable needs of future generations; and safeguarding the life-supporting capacity of air, water, soil, and ecosystems; and avoiding, remedying, or mitigating any adverse effects of activities on the environment.’

What is a Site of Natural Significance (SONS)

Lake Pukaki is identified as a SONS in the Mackenzie District Plan with the following description: Large deep glacial moraine dammed lake with numerous wildlife habitats. Drawdown for hydroelectric power generation during winter exposes Tasman River delta at north end and lake margins which provide overwintering areas for black stilt. Feeding and breeding area for black stilt and other waterfowl and waders. Habitat for three endemic moth species. SOURCE: Appendix I - Sites of Natural Significance, Mackenzie District Plan - Description for Lake Pukaki (H37 22828 56832 RAP T-3; SSWI).

Where are the Scenic Viewing Corridors around Lake Pukaki?

Lake Pukaki and the surrounding landscape is protected by Scenic Viewing Corridors which overlook Lake Pukaki. (Policy 3B7 – Protects views from State Highways and Tourist Roads and Site 11a Pukaki Canal Provides views to Aoraki/Mount Cook area.)  Gaining a resource consent for land-based activity in these areas requires the applicant to prove that the development will not intrude on scenic viewing corridors specified in Policy 3B7 and Site 11a.  SOURCE: Appendix J - Scenic Viewing Areas, Mackenzie District Plan