Operations and Maintenance
Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) is seeking resource consents under the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) to allow for the continuance of its river management operations and maintenance activities in the following areas:
Area One, covering selected parts of the beds and banks of the rivers of the Ruamahanga River catchment above the Waiohine River confluence, and parts of the beds and banks of the Waiohine River and its tributaries (the Mangatarere, Kaipatangata and Enaki Streams).
Area Two, covering only the dry beaches in selected reaches of several rivers in the Lake Wairarapa and Lake Onoke catchments and Ruamahanga River catchment below the Waiohine River confluence.
The new consents being sought will replace six existing resource consents held by GWRC which are due to expire in late 2015. These existing consents currently allow for flood protection activities in parts of the Waiohine River, Mangatarere and Kaipatangata Streams, the Waingawa, Waipoua and Upper Ruamahanga Rivers, and also gravel extraction from beaches throughout the entire Ruamahanga River catchment. GWRC is seeking for the new consents to cover these areas and also to include parts of the Kopuaranga, Whangaehu and Taueru Rivers, Enaki Stream (a tributary of Mangatarere Stream) which are not currently subject to any resource consents for flood protection activities.
You can download a copy of the consent application here - Draft Resource Consent Application
This Environmental Code of Practice (Code) and Monitoring Plan (EMP) have been prepared with the initial purpose of complementing and supporting Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) in renewing resource consents for flood protection operations and maintenance works. However the ultimate purpose of the Code and EMP is more encompassing, as it is intended that it will continue to guide and monitor how all flood protection and erosion control activities are done across the Region.
GWRC seeks a 35 year term for the new resource consents, which is the maximum currently allowed under the Resource Management Act (RMA). To ensure that GWRC management of activities remains appropriate and focused over the life of the new consents, while at the same time retaining the flexibility to change in response to new information over time; it is proposed that an adaptive management regime be approved as part of the resource consent conditions. This approach is integral to the success of the Code.
A copy of the draft code of practice can be downloaded here - Draft Code of Practice