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


Board of Inquiry Decision

Media Release
15 April 2014

Board of Inquiry Decision

The chairman of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Investment Company (HBRIC Ltd) says he is pleased with the decision by the Board of Inquiry to grant resource consent for the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme.

The Environmental Protection Authority released the board’s 700 page decision document today which gives consent to build the scheme and also finalises the Tukituki Plan Change 6, which sets minimum flows and water quality measures for the catchment.

HBRIC Ltd Chairman Andy Pearce says this is a major step forward for the water storage scheme, however there are some significant elements of the plan change decision that need to be considered.

“It reflects the enormous amount of time and effort that has been put into this project over the last few years by Council & HBRIC Ltd staff, and the quality of work from our consultants and advisers,” says Dr Pearce.

Council staff and consultants are currently looking at the detail of Tukituki Plan Change 6 and will be providing comment on the draft decision back to the board within 20 working days.

There are still a number of steps that need to be taken before the project gets final approval, which include getting confirmed water contracts from farmers, finalising investors and a final design & construction contract.

Meanwhile, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Fenton Wilson says while the board has endorsed many aspects of the Council's Proposed Plan Change 6, it has chosen a more conservative approach on nitrate management.

“A huge amount of work has been done to understand the Tukituki Catchment and how we can best improve the water quality and quantity. This decision acknowledges that work and issues raised during the Board of Inquiry hearing,” says Mr Wilson.

Mr Wilson says the Council is already looking at how it will work with the community to implement the Plan Change for the benefit of all river users.

Submitters now have 20 working days to comment on the draft decision, before a final decision is released in late May.

Given the decision is around 700 pages long Council staff are now analysising it and a media conference will be held at 12.30pm tomorrow (Wednesday 16 April) where staff will be able to give a more considered response to the decision.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Wellington.Scoop: Serco – First The Prisons, And Now It Wants To Run The Trains

As the government continues its inquiry into Serco’s discredited administration of Mt Eden prison in Auckland, here in Wellington there’s further scrutiny of the British outsourcing company – because it’s competing to take over the running of our commuter trains. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Countdown, And Mary Margaret O’Hara

To date, the Key government has been unwilling to share any information about this TPP deal until it is too late for outraged public opinion to affect the outcome... the disclosure process is likely to consist of a similarly skewed and careful exercise in spin. More>>


Australia Deportations: English Relaxed On Immigration Centre Conditions

Labour's Annette King: “There have been numerous reports from inside these detention centres on just how bad conditions are... If they were being held in any other foreign jail, I imagine Mr English would be somewhat concerned. More>>


Schools: Achievement-Based Funding Would Be A Disaster

The Education Minister’s speech to the PPTA Conference raising the spectre of achievement data driving a new funding system would be disastrous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa. More>>

  • Video Out-Link - PPTA Annual Conference 2015 on Livestream (Q+A dicussion suggests funding would be directed to less successful schools.)

  • ALSO:

    ECE Report:

    Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

    Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


    Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

    In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


    More On Corrections

    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news