Water Conservation Order: Te Waikoropupū Springs

Decision Date: 12 March 2020

An application for a water conservation order for Te Waikoropupū Springs and associated water bodies was lodged with the Minister for the Environment.

In 2017, the Minister accepted the application and referred it to a special tribunal for consideration. On 17 March 2020, the Special Tribunal’s recommendation report was released.

Latest update - 8 May 2020

Submission lodged with the Environment Court

On 8 May 2020, the EPA served notice on persons who made submissions on the original WCO application that ten parties have lodged further proceedings with the Environment Court under s 209 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) in respect of the Special Tribunal’s recommendation report.

Visit this page to view documents lodged with the Environment Court and key information about this process

25 March 2020

Period for lodging submissions with the Environment Court extended

Due to the coming into effect of the COVID-19 Alert Level 4, the period for making submissions to the Environment Court has been extended to 1 May 2020. The extension and other helpful guidance from the Environment Court is provided in a Minute dated 25 March 2020.

Minute from the Environment Court 25 March 2020 (pdf 162KB)

23 March 2020

Erratum: Special Tribunal's recommendation report

There were small transposition errors in the signed recommendation report of the Special Tribunal dated 12 March 2020. The Special Tribunal has issued an erratum and the version of the recommendation report that was made available on this website on 17 March 2020 has been corrected accordingly.

Erratum from the Special Tribunal (pdf 353KB)

17 March 2020

Special Tribunal's Recommendation Report released

The Special Tribunal has deliberated on the Water Conservation Order application, and has issued its report and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment for his consideration.

View the report and key information about the release including the s208(2)(c) notice 

About the application

The parties' conservation order seeks protection of Te Waikoropupū Springs on the basis of cultural, scientific, ecological, and recreational values.

Application documents

The application documents prepared by the applicants and submitted to the Ministry for the Environment are available here

About the Special Tribunal

A Special Tribunal was set up to consider this water conservation order application.

Submissions and Notification

The water conservation order for Te Waikoropupū Springs was publicly notified on 31 January 2018. Submissions closed at 4 pm, 14 March 2018.

Contact us

Contact the Te Waikoropupū Springs Water Conservation Order project team.

Tribunal minutes and directions

Minutes and directions of the Special Tribunal. Please check this page regularly for further correspondence from the Special Tribunal.


The evidence provided by the applicants and submitters is now available.


Find information on the Te Waikoropupū Springs hearing, the hearing notice, and updates to the hearing schedule as these become available.

Previous proposal updates

Here are all the previous web updates on the proposal.

Special Tribunal's Recommendation Report

The Special Tribunal for the WCO application for Te Waikoropupū Springs and associated water bodies publicly released its report on 17 March 2020.

Documents lodged with the Environment Court

Ten parties have lodged further proceedings with the Environment Court regarding the Special Tribunal's recommendation report on the WCO application.