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.

Notice of Recommendation

The Recommendation Report for the Water Conservation Order (WCO) application for Te Waikoropupū Springs and associated waterbodies has been publicly released.

Read the Notice of Recommendation (pdf 217KB)

Recommendation Report 

The draft Water Conservation Order and the reasons for the Special Tribunal's conclusions are contained in the Recommendation Report. 

In summary the Special Tribunal recommends the WCO be granted over the Confined and Unconfined Arthur Marble Aquifer and Te Waikoroupū Springs (which include the Main Spring, Dancing Sands Spring and Fish Creek Springs), which were found to have outstanding amenity or intrinsic values as waters in their natural state. 

The Order is also recommended to apply to the headwaters of the Takaka River and to its surface water tributaries (including the Waingaro River) due to the contribution of these waters to the values and characteristics of the Arthur Marble Aquifer and Te Waikoropupū Springs.

The Tribunal recommends that the Order be declined for the Anatoki River and the Waikoropupū River, as they are not hydraulically connected to Te Waikoropupū Springs.

Read the Recommendation Report (pdf 4.7MB)

Alternatively, hard copies of the report will be available at the following libraries:

  • Takaka Memorial Library - 3 Junction Street, Takaka
  • Elma Turner Library  - 27 Halifax Street, Nelson
  • Collingwood Memorial Library - 9 Tasman Street, Collingwood 
  • Tasman District Library - 280 Queen Street Richmond 
  • Motueka Public Library - 12 Pah Street, Motueka

Making a submission to the Environment Court 

Section 209 of the Resource Management Act 1991 provides for submissions to be made to the Environment Court in respect of the Special Tribunal's report. Please read the Notice of Recommendation for full details on this.