As to the implementation aspect of the Plan, the review says that the agencies involved in the project each developed their own processes for considering how to implement the plan. For instance, Auckland Council and Waikato Regional Council have taken different approaches.
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Auckland Council has assessed the plan’s recommendations from an objectives perspective to see how they relate to its current priorities. The Council has also created a reference group to oversee its activities and integrate those activities with other councils’ and the Hauraki Gulf Forum’s activities. This means that Auckland Council will address some parts of the plan in some of the work that does have priority – for example, water quality and sedimentation. The Council is not considering implementing the plan as a whole at this stage.
Waikato Regional Council has considered the recommendations at a detailed level. The Council considers that it has a clear process for considering how the plan can be implemented and is “looking seriously at how Sea Change can be implemented”. Waikato Regional Council is also “using [the plan] in a proactive way to inform statutory planning”.
In terms of implementation, Waikato Regional Council has taken each recommendation in the plan and related them to its statutory functions and its current “business-as-usual” work, and budgeted its response. The Council then created a prioritisation process, while considering existing functions. Waikato Regional Council staff are proactively talking about the plan, which has allowed other parts of the Council to consider it in their work.
Ref: 5.15 – 5.19 Performance Review of Sea Change