Save the Waitaha

Submissions on West Power's proposal to construct a hydro scheme on the Waitaha River have now closed.

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Our submission

Forest & Bird has made a submission on the proposal, outlining the following general concerns:

  • The proposal is almost entirely within Public Conservation Land and managed as a stewardship area. Section 17U(3) of the Conservation Act (the Act) states that the Minister shall not grant an application for a concession if a proposed activity is contrary to the provisions of the Act or contrary to ‘the purposes of which it is held’.
  • Forest and Bird considers that the application is both contrary to the purpose of the Act which seeks to preserve and protect natural resources for the purpose of maintaining their intrinsic values and contrary to section 25 of the Act which states that every stewardship area ‘shall be’ managed so that its natural resources are protected.
  • Forest and Bird considers that the application should be declined for the following reasons:
    a. The adverse effects have not been adequately mitigated and the application should be declined under section 17U(2)
    b. The application cannot be granted due to section 17U(3) as it is contrary to:
        i. the purpose of the Act, which provides preserve and protect natural resources for the purpose of maintaining their intrinsic values; and/or
         ii. the purpose for which the land section 25 of the Act which states that every stewardship area ‘shall be’ managed so that its natural resources are protected.
    c. The activity can be carried out at an alternative location and the application therefore contravenes S 17U (4) (a) (I).
    d. The Application is inconsistent with policies set out in Conservation General Policy, including Policies 3(e), 4.5, 9 and 11.3. It is also contrary to various objectives and policies of the West Coast Tai Poutini CMS including sections 3.3, 3.5, 3.6 and 3.7, and section 4.1. 

Click here to download a full copy of our submission (PDF)