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Tukituki Catchment Proposal –Board of Inquiry Hearing Day 23

Tukituki Catchment Proposal –Board of Inquiry Hearing

Day 23 – 19 December 2013

Hawke’s Bay Fish & Game Council and Eastern Fish & Game Council (continued from 18 December)

Witnesses called:

• Wellington Regional Fish & Game Council Environmental Scientist and Technical Advisor - Corina Jordan told the board failing to establish management approaches for agriculture, to manage both nitrogen and phosphorus to limits required to manage algal blooms, is likely to result in significant declines in freshwater ecosystem health.

Fish & Game concluded its case, but will present its closing submissions when the board reconvenes in January.

Other submitters

Brownrigg Agriculture group Ltd – Lisa Poynton and Brent Oliver

Kevin O’Connor and Associates Ltd Resource and Environmental Planner Lisa Poynton told the board Brownrigg Agriculture generally supports the updated version of Tukituki Plan Change 6. She asked the board to consider a clause to take complex farming operations into account for nutrient budgeting benchmarking purposes.

Irrigation New Zealand Chief Executive Officer – Andrew Curtis

Andrew Curtis told the board Irrigation New Zealand strongly supports Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme. He said it is important RWSS consent conditions allow for adaptive management. He said the indicative cost of water from RWSS is comparable to South Island irrigation schemes. He said it’s not cheap but it’s achievable.

Hawke’s Bay resident - Megan Rose asked the board to decline RWSS because she believed the public consultation process was not good enough.

OngaOnga farmers – Robert & William Buchanan raised concerns about some aspects of Plan Change 6 saying they are restrictive and impractical.

Larry Dallimore told the board he opposes RWSS because of the reduction to coastal sediment and the lack of consideration given to the impact on Napier City beaches.

Hawke’s Bay Deer Farmers Association

Hawke’s Bay Deer Farmers Association representatives told the board they had concerns around some aspects of Plan Change 6, including the likely cost and timeframes for proposed waterway fencing rules. They said the deer industry is small but responsible and takes pride in following best practice.

Waipawa resident Paula Fern says she is opposed to RWSS because of the risks, including potential dam break. She is also asked the board to ensure Plan Change 6 protects the health of the river.

Angus Robson told the board there are wide ranging economic and environmental views on RWSS. He believes there are still too many unanswered questions for the project to proceed.

To read daily transcripts from the hearing follow this link:

http://www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/Tukituki/Hearing/hearing-proceedings/Pages/Hearing%20transcript%20and%20proceedings.aspx

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