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Submitting on Notified ConsentsTāpaetanga Tono Whakaaetanga Kua Pānuitia

Anyone can make a submission on a publicly notified resource consent application and we provide you with a guide to this formal process.

Hawke's Bay Regional Council publicly notifies resource consent applications when it is determined that the adverse effects will be, or are likely to be, more than minor. This is when the community has an opportunity to make submissions for or against the proposal.

Notices of any publicly notified resource consent applications are published in local newspapers and on this website (see below).  Notices are usually in the newspaper serving the district where the proposed activity is to take place - most often Hawke's Bay Today and/or the local community paper.  

Anyone can make a submission on a publicly notified resource consent application.  This is a formal process. Please supply your submission to HBRC by the published due date.

Currently Publicly Notified Consents

Consent Processing Updates

We will provide updates on the applications here on this site as the application progresses.

Update 26 February 18 - Te Mata Mushroom Company

The applicant (Te Mata Mushroom Company) is preparing consent applications to HDC, CHBDC and HBRC as part of a proposal to relocate the Phase 1 composting from the existing site at Te Mata, to a new site at Mt Herbert Road, Waipukurau.  These applications are expected to be lodged in March, at which point the detail and timing of what is proposed will be known.  At the current time the application that was lodged with HBRC in December 2016 remains on hold awaiting lodgement  of the HDC land use consent.  We understand that this consent will also be lodged with HDC in March. We are also aware that the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (DHB) has investigated the possible health impacts of the operation at Te Mata. HBRC is committed to holding a meeting with submitters to discuss the application, but consider that this is best done when further details for the alternate proposal and comment from the DHB is available.  This is now likely to occur in late March/April.  In the meantime, HBRC compliance staff will continue to respond to complaints.

Update:  July 2017

Hastings District Council’ s (HDC) submission on the application identified that a land use consent is also required for the proposed operation.  HDC requested that HBRC require that this additional application to be made using s91 of the RMA.  This will enable the full effects of the proposal to be understood and considered together.  HBRC has made this request, and the HBRC air discharge application will remain ‘on hold’ until this additional application is made to HDC.  The HDC submission can be viewed on the HDC website.

Pre hearing meeting

After the submission period has closed, applicants and submitters are usually invited to a pre-hearing meeting to try to work through the issues raised by the submitters.


If no agreement can be reached at the pre-hearing meeting, then the application may proceed to a formal Hearing before a hearing panel appointed by the Council’s Hearings Committee. Submitters have the right to be heard at this forum, if they wish.

Extra information

An Everyday Guide to the RMA is a set of booklets available from the Ministry for the Environment to help you with everyday matters under the RMA. The booklets explain specific RMA processes, your rights, and how you can get involved.

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