Water Conservation Order: Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers
Six parties have made an application for a water conservation order for the Ngaruroro and Clive rivers.
We are managing the application process and are supporting the Special Tribunal that has been set up to consider and report on this application.
Latest update - 14 December 2018
Applicant's evidence on native bird values and Clive River cultural and spiritual values
As explained in Minute and Direction 17, the Applicant's evidence on native bird values is now available. Also, the Applicant has been granted leave to file evidence relevant to Clive River's cultural and spiritual values, and values in accordance with tikanga Māori (Mr Parsons' evidence).
The deadline for filing Submitter's evidence on native bird values and matters raised in Mr Parsons' evidence is 4pm, Tuesday 5 February 2019.
Update - 3 December 2018
Availability of Applicant's evidence for Stage 2 of the hearing
As required by Tribunal Minute and Direction 16, the Applicant has provided evidence on: hydrology, water quality and native fish, jet boating values, values in accordance with Tikanga Māori, and planning, and on behalf of Forest and Bird, and Jet boating New Zealand.
Evidence on native bird values will be filed by Wednesday 12 December 2018, as explained previously in Tribunal Minute and Direction 17.
Reminder: Any submitter wishing to provide expert or technical evidence at Stage 2 of the hearing is required to file their written statements of such evidence by 4 pm, Friday 25 January 2019. The requirements for your evidence are outlined in Tribunal Minute and Direction 16. This deadline has been extended for evidence on native bird values to 4pm, Tuesday 5 February 2019.
If you are unable to download copies of the Applicant’s evidence, you can contact us for electronic copies of the evidence, on a USB stick, or in hard copy. The EPA may charge for hard copy materials.
Update - 14 November 2018
Extension of deadline for filing of evidence on native bird values
The Special Tribunal has released Minute and Direction 17 in response to a memorandum on behalf of the applicant. The new direction extends the deadlines for filing of evidence regarding native bird values (only) as follows:
- The applicant shall file expert evidence regarding native bird values by 4pm, Wednesday 12 December 2018
- Any submitter wishing to call expert evidence in relation to native bird values shall file the evidence by 4pm, Tuesday 5 February 2019.
The deadlines in Minute and Direction 16 apply to all other types of evidence.
Update - 10 October 2018
Notice of Stage 2 of the hearing - 10 October 2018
The Special Tribunal has released information relating to Stage 2 of the hearing, which is scheduled to commence on Tuesday 26 February 2019 at the Napier Conference Centre. Full details and key dates for providing information are provided in Tribunal Minute and Direction 16.
Key dates for evidence exchange and confirming intentions to present at the hearing are noted below:
- By 4 pm Friday 30 November 2018 - Applicants' written statements of expert or technical evidence for Stage 2 of the hearing, are due to EPA.
Please indicate interest in witness caucusing prior to the hearing, including witness availability,
- By 4pm Friday 25 January 2019 - All submitters are required to confirm with the EPA if they intend to present at Stage 2 of the hearing, and/or call witnesses.
- By 4pm Friday 25 January 2019 - Any submitter wishing to present expert or technical evidence at Stage 2 of the hearing are required to provide written statements of such evidence, and to indicate interest in witness caucusing prior to the hearing, including witness availability.
Update - 3 October 2018
Hawke's Bay Winegrowers' Association and Gimblett Gravels Winegrowers' Association have submitted a memorandum of counsel in relation to the draft water conservation order, version 3, and timetabling.
Update 1 October 2018
Analysis of Submissions on additional notification
An Analysis of Submissions (AOS) on the second notification of the Water Conservation Order application has been prepared. It is intended as a standalone document, but refers to the earlier AOS (and uses a similar format).
Dates are being confirmed for Stage 2 of the hearing. All participants will be advised of arrangements and associated directions in due course.
Update 18 September 2018
Draft Water Conservation Order version 3
As required by Special Tribunal Minute of Meeting on 1 June 2018, we have received Version 3 of the draft Water Conservation Order from the applicants, along with an accompanying Memorandum of Counsel.
Update 31 August 2018
TANK group's Final Recommendation
As required by Special Tribunal Minute of Meeting on 1 June 2018, we have received the TANK group plan change recommendations to the Hawkes Bay Regional Council. Version 3 of the Water Conservation Order is due on Friday 14 September 2018.
The application concerns the entire length of the Ngaruroro River, the tributaries, hydraulically connected groundwater, and the 7 km long Clive River.
A Special Tribunal was set up to consider this water conservation order application.
The application documents prepared by the Applicants and submitted to the Ministry for the Environment are available here.
The WCO for Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers was publicly notified on 24 July 2017. Read about the notification and submissions received.
Minutes and directions of the Special Tribunal. Please check this page regularly for further correspondence from the Special Tribunal.
Read requests to the Tribunal from the applicants, submitters, local authorities and other parties. The response may be as a Tribunal minute and direction.
The evidence provided by the applicants and submitters is now available
Read reports and advice, and joint witness statements resulting from expert conferencing.
Find information relating to the WCO Ngaruroro and Clive rivers hearing, hearing proceedings, evidence presented, and hearing schedule updates.
Contact the WCO: Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers project team.
Read previous web updates on the Water Conservation Order application.
The WCO for Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers was re-notified on 25 July 2018. Read about the additional notification and submissions received.