Application for a water conservation order in respect of the Hurunui River

This page has the application by the New Zealand and the North Canterbury Fish and Game Councils and the New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association for a water conservation order in respect of the Hurunui River.

An application to the Minister for the Environment for a Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River Pursuant to Section 201 (1) of the Resource Management Act 1991 by New Zealand Fish and Game Council of New Zealand and North Canterbury Fish and Game Council and New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association (Section 201 Resource Management Act 1991)

Pursuant to section 201(1) of the Resource Management Act 1991 ("the Act"), the New Zealand Fish and Game Council and the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council ("Fish and Game"), together with the New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association ("NZRCA") ("the Applicants"), apply to the Minister for the Environment for the making of a Water Conservation Order in respect of:

  • The mainstem of the upper Hurunui River and all of its lakes, tributaries and contributing waters (including hydraulically connected groundwaters) from its source in the Main Divide of the Southern Alps down to immediately above its confluence with the Mandamus River (at or about NZMS 260 M33 736238) ("Upper Hurunui Waters); and
  • The mainstem of the lower Hurunui River from immediately above its confluence with the Mandamus River (at or about NZMS 260 M33 736238) down to the sea ("Lower Hurunui River").

The Applicants have assessed the values of these waters and consider that:

  • The Upper Hurunui Waters have outstanding amenity and intrinsic values which are afforded by the waters in their natural state and should be preserved in accordance with section 199(2)(a) and(2)(a) of the Act; and
  • The Lower Hurunui River contributes to outstanding characteristics and should be protected in accordance with section 199(2)(b) of the Act.

The substantive matters for the application are outlined in the following Appendices:

Appendix A describes the waters that are the subject of this application.
Appendix B lists the reasons for making this application.
Appendix C describes the restrictions and prohibitions sought by the Applicants.
Appendix D provides commentary on matters that shall be considered by a Special Tribunal.
Appendix E provides relevant information about the Applicants.

Bryce Johnson
Director
New Zealand Fish and Game Council.

Ross Millichamp
Manager
North Canterbury Fish and Game Council.

Mike Birch
President
New Zealand Recreational Canoeing Association.

August 2007

Reviewed:
25/11/08