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Waikato Regional Policy Statement: Te Tauākī Kaupapahere Te-Rohe O Waikato

The Waikato Regional Policy Statement (Te Tauākī Kaupapa here ā-Rohe), or RPS, is a mandatory document that provides an overview of the resource management issues in the Waikato region, and the ways in which integrated management of the region’s natural and physical resources will be achieved.

By connecting people across diverse communities and jurisdictional boundaries, and supporting regional development, the RPS sets the overall regional direction for the Waikato by providing a sustainable framework to help achieve community aspirations over a ten year period.

It provides policies and a range of methods to achieve integrated outcomes for the region across resources, jurisdictional boundaries and agency functions, and guides development of sub-ordinate plans (regional as well as district) and consideration of resource consents.

Read the Regional Policy Statement

The Resource Management Act 1991 requires all regional councils to produce an RPS for their region and review it every ten years. This second generation RPS became operative on 20 May 2016.

Regional and district plans in the Waikato region must give effect to this document.

Please click on the sections below to download your higher resolution copy of the Waikato Regional Policy Statement

Order a copy

Printed copies of the Waikato Regional Policy Statement can be purchased for $80 (NZ). An invoice will be mailed to you with the documents.

Learn more

Videos on each of the 11 chapters of the RPS can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnails below.
TIP: To view a larger video in YouTube click on the YouTube logo.

If you'd like to know anything more, give us a ring on 0800 800 401 and ask to speak with a Policy Advisor in the Resource Management Policy Team or the Regional Implementation Team.

Integrated Catchment Management


Built Environment

Coastal Marine Area

Fresh Water Bodies



Indigneous Biodiversity


Natural Hazards