Stage two of the Water Conservation Order hearing: Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers

29 January 2019

Stage two of the hearing for the Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers is scheduled to commence on 26 February 2019 at the Napier Conference Centre.

The stage two hearing will focus on the lower reaches of both the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers and all issues raised in submissions when additional public notification took place in July 2018. All evidence associated with this stage of the hearing is available on our website. Stage one of the hearing took place from 14 November-6 December 2017, and focussed on the upper reaches of the Ngaruroro River.

Water Conservation Orders recognise the outstanding amenity or intrinsic values of a body of water. They can be applied over rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, wetlands or aquifers and over freshwater or geothermal water.

There are currently 15 WCO’s in force in New Zealand. If granted, the Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers WCO would be the first for around 10 years.

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 the order.

More information on this Water Conservation Order can be found on our website: 

Water Conservation Order: Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers consultation 

What we do

We are responsible for administering the WCO hearing process, supporting the Special Tribunal throughout the hearing, and communicating its report to all submitters. We are not involved in making a decision or a recommendation.

The Special Tribunal will make a recommendation to the Minister for the Environment who will make the final decision. They will not make this recommendation until the Stage two hearing has finished.