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


High RMA Fine For Illegal Dumping

Media release
9 November 2012

High RMA Fine For Illegal Dumping

A case of illegal dumping brought by Auckland Council has resulted in the highest Resource Management Act fine ever for a council prosecution.

The Auckland District Court has imposed a fine of $175,000 on Adams Landscapes Ltd, $35,000 on Aviation Country Club of New Zealand Inc. and $6,000 investigation costs on Andrew Clark.

Auckland Council’s case involved a landscaping and earthmoving firm, which illegally dumped fill in the Coastal Marine Area, on farmland and at a golf club. Some of the fill dumped on land was contaminated with hydrocarbons. The Council also prosecuted the occupants of the properties where the fill had been dumped.

The criminal prosecution was undertaken by Auckland Council’s Natural Resources and Specialist Input Unit, CBD team and Central enforcement team.

Auckland Council's Resource Consents Manager Heather Harris says a priority for the Resource Consents department is the protection of the environment.

"Compliance staff from several areas were involved, along with natural resources specialists. It was a complicated and lengthy investigation," said Ms Harris.

Illegal dumping is a significant issue in the Auckland region and is regarded seriously by the courts. It tends to occur when operators want to avoid paying charges for correct disposal of fill at licensed disposal facilities.

"It is important for contractors to dispose of fill carefully and legally. Council is concerned about illegal dumping because the contaminants can cause serious harm to the environment and to human health.

“Our scientists report that it causes discharges to the environment of heavy metals including lead, other metals such as arsenic, petroleum products and harmful chemicals such as cyanide.

“Illegal dumping can also result in uncontrolled discharges of sediment to our waterways and the sea causing harm to fish and other aquatic life, and to vegetation. Sediment is the largest cause of shellfish loss in our marine environment,” said Ms Harris.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

    There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


    Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

    While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


    Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

    The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news