Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund Priority List

The Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund Priority List is made up of the 10 contaminated sites in New Zealand that are prioritised for Government funding.

For how the list is compiled see About the Contaminated Sites Remediation Fund.

The 10 priority sites

1.  Concours Electroplaters

Location

Timaru

CSRF Funded projects

Past Project: Phase 2 – Site Investigation (2016/17)

Council

Environment Canterbury

Site description

The former electroplating works was used to store large volumes of hazardous chemicals. A preliminary site investigation which took place in June 2016 indicated that the soil on the site may be contaminated from the electroplating works and hazardous waste stored on the site. The hazardous waste was removed from the site in late 2016 and a site investigation was undertaken in mid-2017 to determine the extent of contamination on the site. 

HAIL Category: D3

2.  Kopeopeo Canal

Location

Whakatāne, Bay of Plenty

CSRF Funded projects

Phase 4 – Remediation (2016/17)

Phase 2 – Site Investigation (2017/18 Kopeopeo Extension West site)

Council

Bay of Plenty Regional Council

Site description

The Kopeopeo Canal was constructed to carry surface run-off and flood waters from low lying farmland in the Rangitāiki plains into the Whakatāne Estuary. Between 1950 and 1989 the canal was contaminated by dioxin from surface run-off and storm water discharges from the NZ Forest Products Ltd Sawmill. Investigations in 2005 found that the levels of dioxins in the sediment and in eels were elevated. 

HAIL Category: H

3.  Waikanae Stream

Location

Gisborne

CSRF Funded projects Phase 2 – Site Investigation (2016/17)

Council

Gisborne District Council

Site description

There are a number of industrial and landfill sites situated in the Waikanae Stream catchment. These sites are potentially discharging contaminants into the stream and negatively affecting human and environmental health.

HAIL Category: I

4.  Ocean Beach Landfill

Location

Bluff

CSRF Funded projects

N/A

Council

Southland Regional Council

Site description

Asbestos was discovered at the beach adjacent to the former Frozen Meat Company freezing works. Historically, the rear of the former freezing works has been used to carry out landfilling and rubbish dumping. The full extent of landfilling in the area is unknown. The site is popular tourist area as it provides access to the Foveaux Walkway near Bluff Hill and was the site of the former Te Wera Pa and is a significant Kaitiaki site.

HAIL Category: G3

5.  Onehunga Aquifer

Location

Onehunga, Auckland

CSRF Funded projects N/A

Council

Auckland Council

Site description

The former New Zealand Farmers Fertiliser Works operated from 1910 to 1984. Fertiliser products were manufactured, stored, and handled onsite. Contamination of the site, groundwater and surface water was caused by on-site storage of raw material and effluent. Off-site effluent discharges have also affected nearby waterways including the Miami Stream and Manukau Harbour.

HAIL Category:  A6

6.  Miramar Gasworks

Location

Miramar, Wellington

CSRF Funded projects N/A

Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Site description

The Wellington Gas Company operated a coal gas plant on the site between 1915 and 1972. Following demolition of the plant in 1972, the site was subdivided for industrial development and properties were sold to private purchasers.The former gasworks site is contaminated by a variety of organic compounds including polyaromatic hydrocarbons and benzene that are typical of gasworks waste. There is also some risk to the environment as a result of contaminated groundwater entering the storm water system and discharging into the Wellington Harbour.

HAIL Category: A7

7.  Rotowaro Carbonisation Plant

Location

Rotowaro, Waikato

CSRF Funded projects

Phase 2 – Site Investigation (2015/16)

Council

Waikato Regional Council

Site description

From the late 1930s until 1985, Waikato Carbonisation Limited made coke, coal tar and creosote from coal at its Rotowaro plant near Huntly. There were few controls on the use of dangerous substances and waste was discharged with little or no treatment. During the 1980s, efforts were made with no success to find other ways to dispose of the waste water. Industrial rubbish and derelict equipment, waste oils and tar littered the site. Run-off carried phenols, ammonia and hydrocarbons into the Awaroa stream. After a fire in 1985 the company went into voluntary liquidation. The site was abandoned which means it now presents serious risks to people’s health.

HAIL Category: A7

8.  Te Mome Stream

Location

Lower Hutt

CSRF Funded projects Phase 2 – Site Investigation (2006/07)

Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Site description

A dead arm of the Hutt River, receives stormwater from the Hutt Valley, main contamination concern is from a lead battery recycling plant.

HAIL Category: B1

9.  Control Mine Base

Location

Rangitoto Island, Auckland

CSRF Funded projects Phase 4 – Remediation (2017/18)

Council

Auckland Council

Site description

During the Second World War defence forces constructed a base on Rangitoto to control the mines protecting Auckland harbour. The buildings remained on the site until the 1980s, when they were demolished. The demolition work left a large amount of asbestos containing material littered across the site. As the area is a popular tourism destination there is a risk that asbestos fibres from the material will pose a risk to visitors to the site.

HAIL Category: E1 

10.  Premier Pine

Location

Masterton

CSRF Funded projects N/A

Council

Greater Wellington Regional Council

Site description

Site was used for Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) timber treatment since the 1950s.

HAIL Category: A18

Find out more

For further information on a site on the CSRF Priority List please contact the relevant regional council.

Reviewed:
10/09/18