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Draft Report and Decision: Ruataniwha Consents Granted

Draft Report and Decision

The Tukituki Catchment Proposal Board of Inquiry’s Draft Report and Decision – dated 10 April 2014 – was issued on 15 April 2014.

In summary the Board of Inquiry:

Allowed the Plan Change request with amendments (as detailed in Part 2 of Volume 1 of the Draft Report and Decision). The provisions of the plan change request can be found in Volume 3 of the Draft Report and Decision.

Granted the 17 resource consent applications relating to the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme (RWSS) subject to the conditions contained in Volume 3 of the Draft Report and Decision.

Confirmed the Notice of Requirement (NoR) relating to the RWSS subject to the conditions contained in Volume 3 of the Draft Report and Decision.

Draft Report and Decision

[See www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/Tukituki/draft_decision/Pages/default.aspx]

Next steps

Under section 149Q(4) of the Resource Management Act (RMA) the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) invites comments on minor or technical aspects of the report from those parties outlined in section 149Q(3) of the RMA.

Under section 149Q(5) of the RMA comments may include:

• minor errors in the report;

• the wording of conditions specified in the report;

• that there are omissions in the report (for example, if the report does not address a certain issue).

Comments are not to be on the Board of Inquiry’s decision or its reasons for that decision.

Comments from parties need to be received by the EPA in writing by 5pm on 16 May 2014.

Comments can be sent to:

Email: tukituki.proposal@epa.govt.nz

Post: Shaun Lewis, Environmental Protection Authority, Private Bag 63002, Wellington, 6140

Fax: (04) 914 0433

(Note: if sending comments by email or fax, please put “Tukituki Catchment Proposal: Comments on draft report and decision” in the subject line).

In accordance with section 149R(1) of the RMA, the Board will consider any comments received and then make its decision and prepare a final report.

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