The decision

This page has information about the Matawii water storage reservoir application decision and appeals.

The Expert Consenting Panel appointed to determine the Matawii water storage reservoir application has completed its consideration of the application and has made its final decision.

On 23 October 2020 the Matawii Expert Consenting Panel granted resource consent subject to the conditions in Appendix 1 of the final report and decision. 

Read the final report and decision (PDF, 1.6MB)

Latest update – 19 November 2020

Corrections to minor errors in the Matawii  Water Storage Reservoir Final Report and Decision

Following the release of the Final Report and Decision, the Expert Consenting Panel has received two requests for minor corrections under clause 40 Schedule 6 of the Fast-track Consenting Act 2020.  The panel has accepted the requested amendments and has issued a decision relating to those amendments.

Amended Appendix 1 to the Matawaii water storage application decision (PDF, 12MB)

Appeal rights

The Expert Consenting Panel’s decision can be appealed to the High Court in whole or in part on questions of law only.

Any of the following persons may appeal:

(a) the consent applicant or requiring authority, as the case requires

(b) any relevant local authority

(c) the Attorney-General

(d) any person or group that provided comments in response to an invitation given under clause 17(2)

(e) any person who has an interest in the decision appealed against that is greater than that of the general public.

A notice of appeal must be filed with the Registrar of the High Court within 15 working days after the date the person is notified of the Expert Consenting Panel’s decision. A copy of the notice of appeal must also be served on the EPA.

Appeals can be served on the EPA:

by email to:

by post to:

Matawii Expert Consenting Panel
c/- Environmental Protection Authority
Private Bag 63002
Wellington 6140
Attn: General Counsel

Further details on how to proceed with an appeal are covered in clause 45 of Schedule 6 of the Act.

Read clause 45 of Schedule 6 of the Act (New Zealand Legislation website)