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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 the Regional Council by the published due date.

Current Publicly Notified Consents

Takapau Wastewater Treatment Plant

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received applications for resource consents (discharge permits and production land use consent) under the Resource Management Act 1991. These applications are to replace existing consents associated with the operation of the existing Takapau Wastewater Treatment Plant.  

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Recently closed submissions

Applicant: Silver Fern Farms – Takapau

Hawke's Bay Regional Council has received the following applications for resource consents. These applications are for consents to carry on with a number of existing consented activities associated with the meat processing plant at Fraser Road, Takapau.  The previous consents have now expired and the consent that have been sought will replace these previous consents.  The applicant has sought a 25-year term of consent.

Submissions openEd: Saturday 23 January 2021 
Submission Closed: Monday 22 February 2021 at 5.00pm


Applicant: Hastings District Council & Napier City Council

Purpose:  The landfill site comprises of four separate valleys described as Area A, Area B, Area C and Area D. Area D is the current landfill area on the site. Area B is located to the north east of the existing areas A and D – see map below.  Consents are required to discharge contaminants to air and to land, and to divert and discharge water and stormwater. A term of 35 years is sought. A notice of designation is also sought from Hastings District Council (HDC) and this is being processed by HDC separately.

Submissions for this application open on Tuesday 19 January 2021 and close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 17 February 2021, 


Applicant: Wairoa District Council

Purpose: To undertake activities and discharges associated with the receipt, treatment, storage and general management of wastewater received at the Wairoa Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Consent Processing Updates


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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