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


Environment Court Mediation a Win-Win for Otago Surfbreaks

Environment Court Mediation a Win - Win for Nationally Significant Otago Surfbreaks

Auckland, 12 December 2013 - The Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) is pleased with the outcomes of Environment Court mediation last week for the nationally significant Aramoana and Whareakeake (Murdering Bay) surfbreaks, which were at risk of degradation from dredging (disposal) activities.

Aramoana and Whareakeake (murdering Bay) are two of the seventeen named surfbreaks in the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.

SPS president Paul Shanks is pleased that both Port Otago Ltd (POL) and SPS scientists have identified that to employ an adaptive management plan, depositing of spoil should meet the amounts that have been deposited over the last 10 years for the first year at least.

Although nearshore disposal had occurred since the mid-1980 at the Spit, and since early last century at the deeper Heyward site, there were concerns and anecdotal evidence that both disposal sites have had negative impacts on the 2 Nationally Significant surfing breaks of Aramoana and Whareakeake.

Dr Shaw Mead (employed by SPS) is satisfied that we now have a baseline to observe from:

“The missing information with respect to these surfbreaks and being able to apply an adaptive management plan requires quantification of the parameters that define the surfing quality at these breaks , if you haven’t quantified the quality of the surfing waves at the breaks, how do you know if it has changed, how do you set limits and trigger values to address impacts, and if you do measure a change, how do you link it back to the activity?”

“The monitoring plan agreed to by both SPS and POL will now address these concerns”, says Paul Shanks. “It was always evident that Port Otago genuinely wanted to avoid adverse effects on the surfbreaks, it was just a matter of defining the correct methodology.”

New Zealand is fortunate enough to have some of the world’s leading scientists in the field of surfing science (measuring the surfing wave quality) and we are pleased that the surfing community is included in the monitoring group.

SPS would like to acknowledge the input and support of local surfers Nicola Reeves, Rod Rust and the South Coast Boardriders club, without the local support it would have been difficult to proceed.

Says Paul Shanks; “What has been agreed to here is a significant template to measure other surfbreaks of National Significance, (as listed in the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement) like the Whangamata Bar.”



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home.

To the US, drones are a legitimate response to the threat posed by the al Qaeda organisation and its franchisees... To the US, the drones carry the added advantage of not putting US troops at risk on the ground, and minimises the need for putting them in large numbers in bases in the countries concerned, always a politically sensitive point.

The counter-argument, well articulated by security analyst Paul Buchanan on RNZ this morning, is that this particular drone attack can be said to amount to an extra-judicial execution of a New Zealand citizen by one of our military allies, in circumstances where the person concerned posed no threat to New Zealand’s domestic security. More>>


Parliament Today:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>


Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>


Select Committees: Tobacco Plain Packaging Hearings

The Stroke Foundation is today backing the Cancer Society and Smokefree Coalition who are making oral submissions to the Health Select Committee in support of proposed legislation to remove of all branding from tobacco products. More>>


Milk: Oravida Asked For Cabinet Help

New evidence released by New Zealand First today reveals Justice Minister Judith Collins used her position to manipulate the Government to help her husband’s company, Oravida, after the Fonterra botulism scare, says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters. More>>


With Conditions: Ruataniwha Consents Approved In Draft Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry has granted 17 resource consents relating to the $265 million Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme in a draft decision that would open more of the Hawke’s Bay to irrigation. More>>


Fast Lanes, Campervans: Labour 'Making The Holidays Easier For Kiwi Drivers'

The next Labour Government will make the holidays easier and journeys quicker for Kiwi families driving on the roads, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Royalty And Its Tourism Spin-Offs

Ultimately the Queen’s longevity has been one of her most significant accomplishments. A transition to Prince Charles while the monarchy was in the pits of public esteem in the mid to late 1990s would have been disastrous for the Royal Firm. Far more congenial representatives have now emerged... More>>


Privacy (Again): ACC Demands Excessive Privacy Waivers

Labour: “This is just another example of ACC under National deliberately acting to deny treatment and compensation... Those who did fill in the form have effectively been victims of yet another ACC privacy breach. This time Judith Collins knew it was happening..." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news