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


Unconsented Earthworks and Rangitikei District

Unconsented Earthworks and Rangitikei District Plan

Rangitikei District Council is pleased it has been able to come to an agreement with the parties involved in undertaking significant earthworks in Hunterville, without consent, rather than pursuing them through the courts.

The Rangitikei District Council’s District Plan requires a resource consent be issued for any earthworks. In this recent case, after receiving advice that a geotechnical report would be required as part of the consent application, the ‘offenders’ decided to proceed based on their own knowledge and without consent.

Whilst Council officers had concern for the stability of the remaining hillside, and the case was one worthy of prosecution, it was also felt that this was not productive for either side. The recent aversion of a prosecution by a negotiated settlement in Canterbury, with a contribution to costs and a donation to the community, was highlighted as a possible way forward. In this case, a contribution to Council’s costs has been made, and the parties will contribute to improvements at Hunterville domain.

Steve Costelloe, Team Leader Environmental Services, says “Prevention is better than the cure – if you are proposing to undertake earthworks that will change the land contour by more than 500mm, contact Council and see if a resource consent is necessary.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Whakaari / White Island Eruption: Body recovery operation

The NZ Defence Force recovered the bodies of six people who tragically died in Monday’s eruption on Whakaari/White Island and will support efforts to recover the bodies of two others in the hope there is resolution for those families. .. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Welfare Vs Infrastructure Spending

If New Zealand has a pressing need to stimulate its flagging economy, it seems very weird that the government is choosing a $12 billion package of infrastructure spending – mainly on road and rail – that by definition, will take a very long time to deliver their stimulatory benefits ... More>>

New Reports: "Immediate Commitment To Doing Justice Differently"

Justice Minister Andrew Little released two reports today, Turuki! Turuki! from Te Uepū Hāpai I te Ora, and Te Tangi o te Manawanui: Recommendations for Reform from the Chief Victims Advisor. Both recommend a fresh approach to the way criminal justice has been approached... More>>


"Heart-Breaking And Confronting": Surgical Mesh Restorative Justice Report

Minister Genter: “People have talked about losing the life they had enjoyed before surgical mesh harmed them – the loss of a steady job, the ability to exercise, a loving relationship in some cases. Others described the chronic pain they experienced..." More>>


Law Foundation: Government Decryption Powers Must Respect Privacy

The power of government to order users and companies to decrypt encrypted data and devices needs stronger privacy protections and additional safeguards, according to a study published by researchers at the University of Waikato. More>>

Latest 'Discussion Doc': National On Healthcare

National has today released our eighth Discussion Document which focusses on health and outlines a range of policies which will enable more Kiwis to access high-quality healthcare, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. More>>


Select Committee Report: Combatting Foreign Election Interference

MPs have finally delivered their recommendations to combat foreign interference in elections in a long awaited and much delayed report. More>>

Mosque Attacks: Names Of Arresting Officers Released

Police are now in the position to name the two officers involved in the arrest of the alleged gunman responsible for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood Mosques on March 15. More>>

Big, Bold, Permanent Change Needed: Children's Commissioner On 2019 Child Poverty Monitor

“I want to see family incomes dramatically raised by increasing benefits and making the minimum wage a living wage. And the Government needs to move much faster at increasing the supply of social housing..." More>>






InfoPages News Channels