Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Stronger Controls on Irrigation but Amnesty Offered

Media Release
8 November 2012

Stronger Controls on Irrigation but Amnesty Offered

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council is using new tools to identify property owners that are taking water from wells and rivers and irrigating without resource consent.

On the first day using the tools, HBRC Compliance officers located three properties in the Twyford area that were using irrigation without the required resource consents.

“We have always been able to make these checks but we can now use new software and computer tablets in the field,” says Compliance & Harbours Manager, Bryce Lawrence.

“This gives us access to our resource consent database on site so we can immediately confirm whether or not the property we see irrigating is doing so legally.”

Irrigators are urged to check their resource consents to be sure they know the actual conditions stated and that they are complying with these. If any irrigators or property owners are currently irrigating, or intending to take and use water for irrigation, without having a resource consent, they need to contact HBRC immediately.

HBRC is offering a two week amnesty to anyone taking water and/or irrigating without a resource consent. The amnesty will run from Monday 12 November to Friday 23 November.
“We want to give people a chance to do the right thing,” says Mr Lawrence.

“Not only are these activities illegal, they make it difficult for HBRC to manage our community’s water resources accurately. It is also unfair to those property owners who have consents and are therefore contributing to the science that HBRC must do to manage our shared water resources – they are effectively subsidising illegal irrigators.”

HBRC’s Group Manager Resource Management, Iain Maxwell, says that HBRC compliance officers will be targeting areas that are sensitive because the water resource is either close to, or fully, allocated, but that staff will also be doing random audits in other areas.

“The chance of detection is therefore quite high now, so I urge all irrigators to do the right thing and check they are taking their water legally. After the amnesty, our flexibility with solutions will be reduced,” he says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election