Decision makers and procedures

Coastal Resources Limited's application will be decided by the Decision-making Committee (DMC) appointed by the EPA.

Hearing procedures

The hearing procedures set the rules and time frame by which the CRL hearing will be run. It also provides guidance on evidence requirements and expert conferencing. The hearing is set to begin on 28 November 2018. The hearing procedures are available below.

View the hearing procedures (pdf, 362KB)

DMC Committee Procedures

This document sets out the arrangements for the operation of this DMC.

View the Committee Procedures (pdf, 567KB)

The Committee

Mark Farnsworth MNZM, JP (Chair)

Mark has extensive experience as an accredited Hearings Commissioner. Recent hearings have included the Waiheke Kennedy Bay Marina, and Orewa Beach foreshore improvements and 13 months chairing the Gisborne District Council’s Regional Freshwater Plan hearings.

He is the current Chair of the Kaipara District Licensing Committee, a position he has held since 2016.

Mark is a Northland iwi’s nominated independent hearing commissioner, and the independent Chair of both Pouto 2F and Tapu Bush Ahu Whenua Trusts.

Mark is the national trainer, tutor and assessment marker for the Making Good Decision Programme for Resource Management Act decision makers.

Basil Morrison CNZM JP

Basil has many years' experience as an elected member ranging from a County Chairman, Mayor, Regional Councillor, President of Local Government NZ, and Chair of the Commonwealth Local Government Board in London. 

He is an accredited Hearings Commissioner under the Making Good Decisions under the Resource Management Act for the Auckland Council, Waikato Regional Council and the Thames-Coromandel District Council.  He has sat on a number of major applications such as the City Rail Link, and the International Convention Centre for Auckland Council. He is currently a panel member considering Plan Change 1 for the Waikato Regional Council. 

Basil is a current member of the Waitangi Tribunal - a position he is held since 2008.  This role has enabled him to consider a number of complex cultural issues and be part of a team to finalise settlements. 

Basil has been a member of the New Zealand Conservation Authority for six years and other Conservation bodies and enjoys the experience gained on environmental issues. 

Gillian Wratt

Gillian Wratt has extensive experience in the science and environmental sectors. She is an independent commissioner under the Making Good Decisions programme.

She is a past Chief Executive of the Cawthron Institute – a private scientific research organisation whose work includes providing practical and independent aquatic and environmental research expertise.

Prior to that, Ms Wratt headed New Zealand’s Antarctic programme and the NZ Antarctic Institute, and worked for the Ministry for the Environment and the Crop Research Division of DSIR.

She has been a member of the EPA Board since 2011. 

Register of interests

The register records all relevant member's interests and will be updated when necessary throughout the process for the CRL application for marine dumping consent.

View the register of interests updated on 11 November 2018 (pdf, 138KB)

Decision-making criteria

The criteria that will be used by the DMC to make its decision is outlined in the information sheet ‘Decision-making criteria for EEZ marine consent applications’.

View the information sheet on Decision-making criteria for EEZ marine consent applications (pdf 2.09KB)

Please note that this information sheet is not intended to be an exhaustive list and that the DMC will draw on other sections of the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Act 2012 to inform its decision making.