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Tukituki Catchment Proposal –Board of Inquiry Hearing

Tukituki Catchment Proposal –Board of Inquiry Hearing

Day 8 – 28 November 2013

Day 8 focussed on planning and conditions relating to Tukituki Plan Change 6 and Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

van Voorthuysen Environmental Ltd Director - Rob van Voorthuysen

Rob van Voorthuysen continued giving evidence today after beginning yesterday.

Counsel for Environmental Defence Society questioned Mr van Voorthuysen about various aspects of Plan Change 6, including the single nutrient approach and the plan’s water quality objectives.

Counsel for Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated asked him about the iwi consultation undertaken as part of the plan’s development.

Iwi consultation was also raised by the board, along with the decision to create a slimline Plan Change.

Environmental Management Services Ltd Director & Principal Environmental Planner – Mark Chrisp

Mark Chrisp told the board in his opinion the RWSS is consistent with the purpose and principles of the Resource Management Act.

Counsel for Forest & Bird questioned how it could be consistent when indigenous vegetation was being removed. Mr Chrisp said the offset and mitigation measures address this.

Environmental Management Services Ltd Director and Principal Planner – Stephen Daysh

Stephen Daysh told the board in his view HBRC, and subsequently HBRIC Ltd, have taken a thorough and measured approach to stakeholder engagement and consultation for the RWSS.

Before the board adjourned for the night, Counsel for Royal Forest & Bird Society began questioning Mr Daysh on RWSS conditions.

Mr Daysh will continue giving evidence tomorrow (Friday 29 November)


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