Applications referred to Local Authorities

The Minister for the Environment may refer an application to a Local Authority if it is not considered to be of national significance.

Ruapehu District Council

Ruapehu District Council requested the Minister call in a resource consent application from Telecom Mobile Limited for a proposed tower at the Whakapapa ski field on Mount Ruapehu.

Decision on Ruapehu District Council request - 17 October 2011

Environment Minister Nick Smith declined a request from Ruapehu District Council to call in a resource consent application from Telecom Mobile Limited for a proposed mobile phone tower at the Whakapapa ski field on Mount Ruapehu.

Dr Smith decided that the application from Telecom Mobile Limited was not or was not part of a proposal of national significance.

Under the Resource Management Act, the Minister may call in a proposal if he considers that it is nationally significant, and can direct it either to a Board of Inquiry, or the Environment Court to be heard and decided.

The application will continue to be processed by Ruapehu District Council.

Recommendation of the EPA to the Minister (pdf 295KB)

Minister's decision (pdf 248KB)