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


EPA welcomes submissions on the Basin Bridge project

EPA welcomes submissions on the Basin Bridge project

Monday 12 August 2013

Anyone wanting to have their say on the proposed Basin Bridge project is being offered a helping hand from the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

The EPA is holding a public information evening to help people understand how they can get involved in the process that will decide whether the project will go ahead.

Sarah Gardner, the EPA’s Applications and Assessment General Manager, says the information evening is a great opportunity for people to find out more about the process and how they can get their opinions heard.

“The Board of Inquiry, chosen by the Minister for the Environment Amy Adams to decide on this proposal, wants to hear what people think,” she says.

“Public involvement in the process will assist the Board in making its decision.”

The Minister for the Environment directed the New Zealand Transport Agency’s proposal to an independent Board of Inquiry after deciding it was of national significance.

Mrs Gardner says the easiest way for people to make their views known is to complete a submission using the online form on the EPA’s website.

“Your submission can include your opinions on the whole proposal, or just the parts that are important to you.”

As well as the information evening, the EPA is providing a ‘Friend of Submitter’ to offer free advice to potential submitters.

“Mark St. Clair will be available to walk people through the process, check that their submissions have been completed correctly and help them understand what to expect once they have made a submission,” Mrs Gardner says.

Mark will be holding drop-in sessions and will also be available via phone, email and in writing throughout the submission period.

Not-for-profit groups who make a submission on the proposal are able to apply for financial assistance from the Ministry for the Environment’s Environmental Legal Assistance Fund.

Up to $40,000 is available to pay for legal counsel and expert witnesses. The fund is not available to individuals.

For more information about the proposal, the information evening and the Friend of Submitter, go to the EPA’s website at www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/Basin_Bridge/Pages/Basin_Bridge.aspx


Note to Editors:

Information evening

Date: Tuesday 20 August 2013

Time: 7 pm to 9 pm

Venue: Greek Community Centre, Level 3, 5 Hania Street, Mt Victoria, Wellington

Friend of Submitter

Mark St. Clair of Hill Young Cooper Ltd.

Drop in times and venues are available on the EPA’s website. Mark can be contacted via:

• Phone on 04 473 5310 or 021 271 0815

• Email at m.stclair@hyc.co.nz

• Or post to Mark St. Clair, Hill Young Cooper Ltd, PO Box 8092, Wellington 6143

Environmental Legal Assistance Fund

Not-for-profit groups can apply to the ELA once they have made a submission on the proposal. More information about the fund is available on the Ministry for the Environment’s website at www.mfe.govt.nz/withyou/funding/ela.html.


The EPA provides administrative support to the Board of Inquiry including issuing the public notice, administering submissions and arranging the hearing. It does make a recommendation to the Minister whether a proposal is of national significance and whether it should be considered by a board of inquiry, but is not involved in decision making.

The information evening is to explain the EPA’s role, the role of the Board and the inquiry process, and how people can have their say on the proposal.

The Board of Inquiry

The Board is made up of four members - Retired Environment and District Court Judge Whiting (Chair), who has chaired three previous boards of inquiry, along with two experienced hearing commissioners and an expert in the social impact of major urban development projects.

The board of inquiry process

Boards of inquiry are quasi-judicial independent decision-making bodies, appointed by the Minister for the Environment to consider proposals of national significance. They must be chaired by a current, former or retired Environment Judge or retired High Court Judge and often include Environment Commissioners.

Boards of inquiry make their decisions entirely independently of the Minister and the EPA.

The Board is required to makes its decision within nine months from the day the proposal was publicly notified.

Anyone can appeal a decision made by a board of inquiry on nationally significant proposals to the High Court. Appeals can only be made on points of law. This is the same as decisions made in the Environment Court.

NZTA’s application was publicly notified on Saturday 10 August. The public have until 5pm Friday 6 September 2013 to make a submission on the application to the EPA.

After the public submission period, the Board will hold a public hearing when the applicant and submitters have the opportunity to present their submissions and evidence to the Board.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How America’s Middle East Allies Are Poisoning The Ground Joe Biden Will Inherit

As even the US mainstream media has been reporting, the prime motive for the murder of Iran’s top nuclear scientist Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh (by Israeli or Saudi operatives, or both) has been to poison the situation that the next US president will inherit. At best, there was only an outside chance that the incoming Biden administration and the outgoing liberal regime of Iranian PM Hassan Rouhani could have revived the Iran anti-nuclear deal that Rouhani had negotiated in 2015 with Barack Obama. Deliberately though, America’s allies have now made it impossible for Biden to pursue that option... More>>


Pill Testing: Govt Moves On Drug Checking To Keep Young New Zealanders Safer This Summer

The Government will pass time limited legislation to give legal certainty to drug checking services, so they can carry out their work to keep New Zealanders safer this summer at festivals without fear of prosecution, Health Minister Andrew Little ... More>>


WorkSafe: 13 Parties Charged Over Whakaari/White Island Tragedy

WorkSafe New Zealand today filed charges against 13 parties in relation to the Whakaari/White Island eruption in December last year. “22 people have lost their lives in this tragic event. WorkSafe is tasked with investigating workplace incidents to determine ... More>>


Pay Gap: Progress On Pay Equity For DHB Staff

Today’s initial agreement between DHBs and the PSA on pay equity for clerical and administration staff is an important step toward better, fairer pay for this crucial and largely female workforce, Health Minister Andrew Little says. More>>


Media: Stuff Holds Itself Accountable For Wrongs To Māori

Stuff has today published the results of an investigation into itself, and issued a public apology, for the way the media organisation has portrayed Māori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand, from its first editions to now. Tā Mātou Pono | More>>


New Zealand Government: To Declare A Climate Emergency

The Government will declare a climate emergency next week, Climate Change Minister James Shaw said today. “We are in the midst of a climate crisis that will impact on nearly every aspect of our lives and the type of planet our children will inherit ... More>>


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>





InfoPages News Channels