Watercare Services Limited application to take water from the Waikato River
Watercare Services Limited has applied for resource consent to take water from the Waikato River.
Minister's call in
This application is a proposal of national significance.
The application is for resource consents to take an additional 150,000 cubic metres/day (net) of water from the Waikato River, and for discharges and construction of structures associated with the water take. Watercare is an Auckland Council organisation and the application is for municipal water supply purposes.
The Minister for Environment has issued a direction under section 142 of the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to call in the resource consent application, and has referred it to a Board of Inquiry. The Board will consider all submissions, hold a hearing (unless no-one wants to be heard), and make a final decision, independently from us and the Minister.
We provide administrative support services to the Board. This ranges from managing the public consultation, organising the logistics of the hearing, to commissioning specialist advice to assist the Board.
Latest update: 18 October 2021
Memorandum 18: Week two of hearing deferred until November 2021
The Board has deferred week two of the hearing until November 2021, following the government announcement on Monday 18 October 2021.
The Board intend to re-convene the hearing either the week of 15 November, or the week of 22 November. The EPA are happy to receive any preferences of parties as to which week, to factor into considerations alongside availability of venues etc.
Memorandum 17: Adjournment of the hearing and directions regarding week two
At the end of Friday 15 October, the Board adjourned the hearing at the end of week one.
Updates on the hearing webpage
Now available on the Hearing webpage are:
- all documents presented during each day's proceedings
- written transcripts for the first week, and
- video recordings of all hearing days.
Board Memorandum 16:
On 11 October 2021, Board has issued Memorandum 16, which is a direction to keep a document, titled Kawenata Whakawhanaunga Agreement of Relationship Matters, confidential based on requests from legal counsel.