Dumping of waste or other matter

Decision reports for dumping consents applied for under the Discharge and Dumping Regulations (2015).

The dumping of waste in the marine environment is an activity that was previously regulated by Maritime New Zealand, but is now regulated by us. The EEZ Act controls the waste that can be disposed of or abandoned in the Exclusive Economic Zone or on the Continental Shelf.

The decision reports for all marine consent applications made by oil and gas operators are covered in this section.

Where an operator has also applied for discharge consent separately from the marine consent application, the discharge consent will sit under the "Discharge of harmful substances" section and be linked to the marine consent in this section.  

All other documents relating to the marine consent application, including decision maker correspondence, submissions (if any), evidence, and all documentation relating to the hearing (if held), are not available on this website.

These documents can be requested using the Official Information Act process.

Coastal Resources Limited Plus

Non-notified consent associated with deemed marine dumping consent EEZ900012

Coastal Resources Limited were granted a dumping permit (No. 568) by Maritime New Zealand in 2012 to dump dredged material to a site located 25 kilometres east of Great Barrier Island.

The permit was transferred to the EPA in 2015 as deemed marine dumping consent EEZ900012. On 7 April 2016, the EPA approved amendments to the conditions of EEZ900012.

Decision report to amend conditions (pdf, 1.47 MB)

 

GNS Science Plus

Prior to June 2017, sacrificial moorings required a marine consent. Since the amendment of the EEZ Act on 1 June 2017, the abandonment of marine research devices no longer a consent.

Non-notified consent to abandon moorings used in monitoring the Hikurangi trench 

On 21 June 2016, we granted consent EEZ400003 to abandon moorings associated with its research activities off the coast of Poverty Bay and Mahia Peninsula.

EEZ400003 Decision report (pdf 984KB)

 

National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Limited Plus

Prior to June 2017, sacrifical moorings required a marine consent. Since the amendment of the EEZ Act on 1 June 2017, the abandonment of marine research devices no longer requires a consent.

Below are the marine consents issued prior to June 2017.

Abandon a mooring in Cook Strait 

On 30 January 2017, we granted consent EEZ400010 to abandon moorings associated with scientific marine research it conducted in Cook Strait in 2017. This research was regulated with permitted activity number NIWAPA24.

EEZ400010 Decision report (pdf 1.49MB)

Abandon moorings on the Campbell Plateau

On 21 December 2016, we granted consent EEZ400009 to abandon the sacrificial moorings associated with marine scientific research it conducted on the Campbell Plateau in 2017. This research was regulated with permitted activity number NIWAPA31.

EEZ400009 Decision report (pdf 984KB)

 

Relocate a mooring in Cook Strait 

On 21 December 2016, we granted consent EEZ400008 to relocate the mooring location consented under marine dumping consent EEZ400002. This research was regulated with permitted activity number NIWAPA24.

EEZ400008 Decision report (pdf 1.01MB)

 

Abandon moorings on the Campbell Plateau

On 25 August 2016, we granted consent EEZ400007 to abandon the sacrificial moorings associated with marine scientific research it conducted on the Campbell Plateau in 2016 and 2017. This research was regulated with permitted activity number NIWAPA15.

EEZ400007 Decision report (pdf 1.8MB)

 

Abandon structures on the Chatham Rise

On 25 August 2016, we granted consent EEZ400006 to abandon the weights used in the scampi survey on the Chatham Rise in 2016 and 2017. This research was regulated with permitted activity number NIWAPA28.

EEZ400006 Decision report (pdf 1.69MB)

 

Abandon moorings in Cook Strait

On 16 February 2016, we granted consent EEZ400002 granted to abandon the sacrificial moorings associated with marine scientific research it is conducting in Cook Strait in 2016 and 2017. This research was regulated with permitted activity number NIWAPA24.

EEZ400002 Decision report (pdf 1.79MB) 

 

Shell Taranaki Limited Plus

Shell Taranaki Limited was granted dumping permit No. 565A by Maritime New Zealand. This commenced on 2 December 2011. Following the commencement of the Discharge and Dumping Regulations on 31 October 2015, permit No. 565A was transferred to the EPA as deemed dumping consent EEZ900010.

On 18 December 2017, Shell submitted an application to the EPA to change condition 3 of its deemed consent EEZ900010 (Appendix 1) under s 87(1) of the EEZ Act.

Decision on change of condition (pdf 651 KB)

Ports of Auckland Limited Plus

Non-notified marine dumping consent to dump dredged material at an authorised site

Amendment to marine dumping consent

On 18 July 2019 we issued an amended marine dumping consent to Ports of Auckland Limited to correct minor errors in the conditions of consent that relate to the dumping point in condition 12 and inconsistencies of wording in Appendix 1 to the conditions.

The amendment to the marine dumping consent does not affect the decision made by the Decision-Maker on 27 June 2019, or the period of time to appeal the decision.

View the amended marine dumping consent (pdf 445KB)

View the minor correction memorandum (pdf 151KB)

Marine dumping consent 

On 23 November 2018 Ports of Auckland Limited lodged an application with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for a marine dumping consent (EEZ400011) under the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 (the EEZ Act).

On 27 June 2019, the EPA granted consent EEZ400011 to dump material dredged from the Ports of Auckland and Waitemata Navigation Channel at an authorised location in the EEZ approximately 50 kilometres east of Cuvier Island. The consent was granted for 35 years.

The authorised location where Ports of Auckland Limited are consented to dump the dredged material is known as the Cuvier Disposal Site (CDS). The location of the CDS is specified as an authorised location under the EEZ Act.

The consent is to dump dredged material from maintenance dredging (up to 50,000 cubic metres per year) and capital dredging (up to 2,000,000 cubic metres over the 35 year term of the consent) from the Ports of Auckland and Waitematā Navigation Channel.

View the decision report for Ports of Auckland Limited marine dumping consent (pdf 1.14MB)

View the public notice of the decision (pdf 215KB)