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

 


EPA welcomes submissions on Peka Peka to North Ōtaki


EPA welcomes submissions on Peka Peka to North Ōtaki proposal

Media release 21 May 2013

The Environmental Protection Authority is holding a public meeting to help people understand how they can have their say on the NZ Transport Agency’s proposal for the Peka Peka to North Ōtaki Expressway.

NZTA’s proposal has been directed to a Board of Inquiry, which is an independent panel set up to consider the proposal and decide whether to allow it to go ahead.

The Board of Inquiry is now seeking submissions from the public to help it make its decision.

The Board must make its decision within nine months.

The EPA provides support to the Board of Inquiry, but is not involved in decision-making.

The EPA’s Applications and Assessment General Manager, Sarah Gardner, says submissions are a vital part of the process, and public input is welcomed.

“The easiest way to make your views known is to make a submission online,” she says.

“You can choose whether to comment on the whole application, or just on the parts that are important to you.”

If people prefer not to make their submission online they are welcome to send their submission by post, or deliver it in person.

Anyone who wants to learn more about how to make a submission, or find out more details about the board of inquiry process, is invited to attend an information session at the Ōtaki Service Centre at 3.30pm Saturday 25 May.

The EPA has also appointed Brett Osborne of the consulting firm Sinclair Knight Merz as the independent “Friend of Submitter” to help people who want to take part in the process.

“Brett Osborne is on hand to explain the process, check that submissions have been completed correctly and talk about what to expect once a submission has been made,” Ms Gardner says.

Mr Osborne will be holding drop-in sessions for potential submitters and will also be available throughout the process via phone, email and in writing

In addition, not-for-profit groups that want to make a submission can apply for financial assistance from the Ministry for the Environment’s Environmental Legal Assistance Fund.

To be eligible for the funding of up to $40,000 groups generally must be incorporated or a Trust.

The Fund is not available to individuals.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English, Abroad

Looks like you need to get the blurb yourself. Probably best to do that irrespective, actually.If David Cameron was the closest thing John Key had to a political mentor, their successors also share a whole lot in common.

Theresa May and Bill English were both propelled into the top jobs as the result of unexpected resignations, and without much in the way of credible competition from their colleagues. Neither have yet been given a mandate to govern by the electorate although – in both countries – the Labour opposition is in less than robust shape. More>>

 

Pike River: Labour Bill To Override Safety Act For Mine Entry

“Bill English has been hiding behind the legal excuse that any attempt to re-enter the mine to recover the bodies might place the mine’s owner, Solid Energy Limited, and its directors in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future? More>>

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news