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.

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.

Public notification: Friday, 12 February 2021

On 12 February 2021, we publicly notified the Minister's direction and Watercare's application. The submission period is now open.  

Read the public notice and information about the inquiry process

View the documents related to Watercare's application

Have your say on Watercare's application

Public notification of the application

An application by Watercare Services Limited to take water from the Waikato River has been called in by the Minister for the Environment and referred to a Board...

Watercare's application

Read the application documents, including the Assessment of Environmental Effects.

Have your say

Make a submission on Watercare’s application. Submissions close at 5.00 pm, Friday 26 March 2021.

Reports and advice

Read our advice to the Board, and Waikato Regional Council's key issues report.

Board of Inquiry documents

Read the Board of Inquiry's procedures, minutes, directions and timelines.

About the Board of Inquiry

The Minister for the Environment appointed an independent Board of Inquiry on 10 August 2020 to hear and decide the Watercare Waikato River water take proposal.

Contact us

If you have further questions about the process, the Minister’s direction, or Watercare’s application, please contact the Watercare application team.