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Application for WCO for Ngaruroro and Clive rivers

24 July 2017

The Environmental Protection Authority is calling for submissions on an application for a Water Conservation Order for the Ngaruroro and Clive rivers in Hawke’s Bay. Water conservation orders are designed to recognise and sustain the outstanding values of specific rivers, lakes, or other bodies of water.

The New Zealand Fish and Game Council, the Hawke’s Bay Fish and Game Council, Ngāti Hori ki Kohupatiki, Whitewater New Zealand, Jet Boating New Zealand, and the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand have jointly applied to the Minister for the Environment for this new water conservation order.

Read the public notice (pdf, 283 kb)

Making submissions

You can make submissions online through the EPA website, or in writing.


Download submission form (pdf, 211 kb)

Submissions must be received by the EPA by 4 pm Thursday 24 August 2017.

About the application

The application concerns the entire length of the Ngaruroro River, the tributaries and hydraulically connected groundwater to the Lower Ngaruroro River, and the 7km long Clive River.

The outstanding values identified are: (a) significance in accordance with tikanga Māori; (b) cultural and spiritual purposes; (c) habitat for rainbow trout; (d) rainbow trout fishery; (e) angling, amenity and recreation; (f) habitat for avifauna; (g) habitat for native fish; (h) whitewater kayaking and rafting amenity and recreation; (i) jetboating amenity and recreation; (j) wild, scenic and natural characteristics; and (k) scientific and ecological values.

The applicants seek protection of these values through a number of conditions contained in a draft order appended to the application.

Find out more about the application and making a submission:

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