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Groundwater Takes (Ruataniwha Basin - Tranche 2)

The applications are for consent to take and use groundwater from the Ruataniwha Basin under the Tranche 2 allocation framework set out under the Tukituki Catchment Plan (Plan Change 6).

Applications for Resource Consents – Groundwater Takes (Ruataniwha Basin - Tranche 2)

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received the following applications for resource consents (water permits) under the Resource Management Act 1991. The applications are publicly notified in accordance with section 95A of the Resource Management Act 1991.

September update:

The applicants have revised the groundwater modelling and the updated report is available here.

The Hearing Panel has issued a minute providing direction on expert conferencing and evidence circulation leading up to the hearing. The Hearing is scheduled to be held starting of 15th November. Further details about the hearing will be made available soon.

Minute from Panel #1

August update:

The HBRC s42A report and evidence has now been circulated. These are available at the links below (see Supporting Documents, HBRC Report and evidence).  

The applicant has requested that the hearing be deferred until November. The Hearing Panel has agreed to this request. Further details and directions from the panel will be available soon and will be shown here’.

Letter from Commissioner Cowie

July Update

The applicant has provided updated/further information. This is available at the links below (see: Supporting Documents, July Reports).

May 2022

HBRC has received a further technical review memo.  At this stage a hearing is planned for early July. Further information about the hearing dates and process will be provided soon.

February 2022 – Update

Submissions have now closed and 72 submissions were received.  The applicants are taking some time to undertake some further assessment and to meet with some submitters to discuss and clarify the applications. It is also anticipated that pre-hearing meetings will be arranged and held later in March, with a hearing likely in July.  All parties will be advised once pre-hearing meetings have been organised. Please note that there may be a need to hold these meetings virtually due to Covid restrictions and considerations.  

Applicants:

Application no.

Applicant

Tranche 2 groundwater volume applied for (m3/year)

Application description

Property location

APP-123563

Te Awahohonu Forest Trust

        4,914,920

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from four existing wells (well no’s 16563, 16592, 16593 and 5515) and up to two new wells to irrigate up to 850 ha of pasture, crops and/or horticulture and to augment the Mangaonuku Stream.

Gwavas Station - 5740 State Highway 50 and 97 Matheson Road, Tikokino

APP-123991

Springhill Dairies Partnership

1,005,213

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from well no’s 1518, 5167, 3870, 4593, 4122 and 5497 to irrigate up to 188 ha of pasture, crops and/or horticulture and to augment the Mangaonuku Stream.

Cnr Tikokino and Makaroro Roads, Tikokino

APP-123541

  Tukituki Awa Ltd

952,400

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from up to four new wells to irrigate up to 135 ha of pasture and crops and/or horticulture and to augment the Tukituki River.

406 Tukituki Road,Takapau

APP-123547

  Plantation Road Dairies

3,751,225

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from well no. 4830 and up to three new wells to irrigate up to 459 ha pasture and crops and/or horticulture and to augment the Kahahakuri Stream.

1404 Ongaonga Road, and Wakarara Road, Ongaonga

APP-123565 and

APP-124498

Papawai Partnership

1,475,517

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from well no’s 16508 and 1859 to irrigate up to 320 ha of pasture, crops and/or horticulture to and to augment the Waipawa River.

1041 State Highway 50, Ongaonga

APP-123566 and

APP-124500

I&P Farming Limited

1,200,010

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from up to two new wells to irrigate up to 310 ha of pasture, crops and/or horticulture and to augment an unnamed tributary of the Tukituki River.

337 Ongaonga -Waipukurau Road, Ongaonga

APP-123546

Buchanan Trust No. 2

1,145,794

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from well no. 16408 and up to three new wells to irrigate up to 243 ha of pasture, crops and/or horticulture and to augment the Ongaonga Stream

19 Ngaruru Road, Ongaonga

APP-125281

    Purunui Trust

1,575,000

To take and use Tranche 2 groundwater from up to three new wells to irrigate up to 175 ha of pasture, crops and/or horticulture and to augment the Waipawa River

385 and 375 Swamp Road, Ongaonga

Details of proposal:

The applications are for consent to take and use groundwater from the Ruataniwha Basin under the Tranche 2 allocation framework set out under the Tukituki Catchment Plan (Plan Change 6). A maximum of 15 million cubic metres of groundwater is proposed to be taken by the group of applicants each year from wells screened at more than 50 m in depth. Abstracted groundwater is to be used for irrigation and for release into various rivers and streams to augment surface water flows. The applicants seek 20 year terms of consent. 

Location:

Various – see Table above and Figure 1 below.

The Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) and other information for these applications may be viewed on this page, or is available at our offices (HBRC offices, 159 Dalton Street, Napier and 26 Ruataniwha Street, Waipawa)

Application location map

Figure 1. Location of proposed groundwater abstraction (from Aqualinc, Ruataniwha Basin Tarnche 2 Groundwater Modelling, dated 3/11/2021).

Submissions:

Submissions for this application closed at 5.00pm on Friday 17 December 2021.  

If you have any queries about the application please contact:

Paul Barrett - Team Leader Consents, Policy & Regulation Group
Phone                  06 835 9200
Email:                  barrett@hbrc.govt.nz

Or

Dalia Zarour - Consents Planner, Policy & Regulation Group
Phone: 06 835 9200
Email:    dalia.zarour@hbrc.govt.nz

Supporting documents:

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