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Plan Change 12

Napier's Plan Change 12 - an update to Napier's District Plan - established a Special Mission Character Zone on the land surrounding Mission Estate Winery. NCC called for submissions and a hearing took place in September 2018. NCC's final decision was issued on Wednesday 7 November. Plan Change 12 became operative on Wednesday 30 January.


Mission Estate Plan Change 12 website

Plan Change 12

Napier City Council adopted Plan Change 12 to the Operative City of Napier District Plan to provide for a new Mission Special Character Zone.

The zone replaces existing zones across 288.6ha of land owned by Marist Holdings (Greenmeadows) Limited (MHL), on the land best known as the site of the Mission Estate Winery and concert.

Under the new zone, the land is divided into four precincts: residential, landscape and visitor, productive rural, and rural residential.

Development objectives for the future of the MHL land have been formulated in consultation with Council. These development objectives are to:

  • Protect the visual amenity value of this landscape as a backdrop to Taradale and the City of Napier and in particular the integrity of the skyline.
  • Provide connectivity as a walkway link across the Western Hills.
  • Provide connectivity as part of an ecological corridor within the City Reserves Network.
  • Provide a different style of residential opportunity in Napier.

NCC's Final Decision

NCC's Plan Change 12 – Mission Special Character Zone was notified on Wednesday 7 November. This page has all the documents you need - from the initial proposal, to submissions from residents, through to NCC's final decision.


We received 19 submissions on Plan Change 12 during our initial consultation period in February/March 2018. We then prepared a Summary of Submissions and took further submissions on these until Wednesday 16 May, 2018. 


NCC appointed an independent hearing panel of Mark St. Clair and Rauru Kirikiri to hear, consider and make a recommendation on submissions and further submissions received. The hearing took place at East Pier Hotel over two days from Monday 17 September. 

The panel issued a number of minute/directions with further information about the hearing process:

Reply Statement

In accordance with the Commissioners Minute #4, the Section 42A Officer’s Reply Statement was received.

Tabled Hearing Evidence

The following is a list of evidence tabled during the hearing proceedings:

Submitter Expert Evidence

In accordance with the Commissioners Directions/Minute #1 Submitter Expert Evidence has been provided.

Cultural Impact Assessment

NCC commissioned two Cultural Impact Reports:

Section 42A Council Officer's Report

In accordance with the Commissioners Directions/Minute #1, the Section 452A report has been provided.

More information

We have (extremely) detailed information available online for interested parties to peruse. These include the Summary Report, Schedule of Change, Mission Special Character Zone Structure Plan and the Summary of Submissions.


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