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Appendix A: Advisory bodies 2009/10

Board of Inquiry to consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Renewable Electricity Generation

Purpose A Board of Inquiry was appointed in August 2008 to consider the proposed National Policy Statement on Renewable Electricity Generation.
Number of members 4
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
Hearing days: 18
Days of site visits: 4
Meeting days before hearing commencing: 5

Meetings after the hearing/report writing: 9

Board of Inquiry to consider the proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management

Purpose A Board of Inquiry was appointed in July 2008 to consider the proposed National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management.
Number of members 4
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
20 hearing days between 1 July and 18 September 2009, and 13 meeting days between October 2009 and January 2010.

Environmental Legal Assistance Fund Advisory Panel

Purpose The Environmental Legal Assistance Fund including the Panel has been in operation since 2001. The Panel provides independent and expert evaluations and recommendations to the Secretary for the Environment on applications for funding assistance. The fund meets expenses of legal counsel and expert witnesses appearing before courts and boards of inquiry considering resource management issues. The Panel is chaired by Dr Royden Somerville QC. The Panel’s members are appointed for their knowledge of environmental law, resource management issues and of community groups and iwi.

The Panel met fewer times than usual during the year under review because there were more large cases than usual funded in the early months of the financial year. That resulted in a shortfall of funds to allocate in the second half of the year.
Number of members 7
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
6

Waste Advisory Board

Purpose The Waste Advisory Board was established under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 to provide advice to the Minister on request, on such matters as the declaration of priority products, product stewardship scheme guidelines, funding criteria, effectiveness of the waste levy, and regulations under the Act.
Number of members 7 until 13 May 2010; 8 from 13 May 2010
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
4

Fiordland Marine Guardians

Purpose The functions of the Fiordland Marine Guardians include advising and making recommendations to management agencies (the Ministry for the Environment, the Department of Conservation, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, the Ministry of Fisheries, and Southland Regional Council), and Ministers about the effectiveness of management measures in the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area and likely threats to the area.
Number of members 8
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
5

Land and Water Forum

Purpose The Land and Water Forum has been asked to advise the Minister of Agriculture and the Minister for the Environment on how water should be managed in New Zealand. The Land and Water Forum comprises a range of primary industry groups, iwi, environmental and recreational non-governmental organisations, as well as other organisations with an interest in freshwater and land management. The Forum is scheduled to report to Ministers by 31 August 2010.
Number of members Plenary organisations: Approximately 57

Small group organisations: 22

Central and local government organisations as active observers: 6

Secretariat: 4
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
Phase 1: 8 meetings

Phase 2: 9 small group meetings plus 2 reserve days scheduled

Resource Management Act Infrastructure Technical Advisory Group

Purpose The Resource Management Act Infrastructure Technical Advisory Group was appointed in December 2009 to provide the Minister with independent advice on the resource management phase two reforms. It submitted its final report to the Minister in July 2010 and the members are available to the Minister for verbal comment until December 2010.
Number of members 7
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
7

Resource Management Act Urban Technical Advisory Group

Purpose The Resource Management Act Urban Technical Advisory Group was appointed in December 2009 to provide the Minister with independent advice on the resource management phase two reforms. It submitted its final report to the Minister at the end of June 2010 and members are available to the Minister for verbal comment until 30 November 2010.
Number of members 7
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 7

Technical Advisory Group on National Air Quality Standards

Purpose The Technical Advisory Group on National Air Quality Standards was appointed by the Minister in mid 2009 to review certain elements of the National Environmental Standards relating to air quality. It submitted its final report to the Minister in November 2009.
Number of members 5
Number of meetings held from
1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010
5

Special Tribunal appointed to hear the proposed Water Conservation Order on the Hurunui River

Purpose The Tribunal was appointed in August 2008 to consider the application and prepare a decision report to the Minister.
Number of members 4
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 There were no formal hearings or meetings – the Tribunal signed off on its recommendation to the Minister on 5 August 2009.

Special Tribunal appointed to hear the proposed amendment to the Kawarau Water Conservation Order

Purpose The Tribunal was appointed in June 2008 to consider the application and prepare a decision report to the Minister.
Number of members 3
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 5 hearing days

Board of Inquiry for the Tauhara II Geothermal Development Project

Purpose This Board of Inquiry was established under section 149J of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2009 to hear and decide the matters lodged by Contact Energy Ltd for its geothermal power station development proposal of national significance.
Number of members 5
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 3

Board of Inquiry for the Turitea Wind Farm Project

Purpose This Board of Inquiry was established under Section 146 of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 to hear and decide the wind farm proposal lodged by Mighty River Power and called-in by the Minister for the Environment.
Number of members 5
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 Hearing days: 36

Board meetings: 6

Board of Inquiry for the Hauāuru mā raki Wind Farm Project

Purpose This Board of Inquiry was established under Section 146 of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 to hear and decide the matters called-in by the Minister for the Environment, deemed a proposal of national significance, for a proposed wind farm located between Port Waikato and Raglan.
Number of members 4
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 6

Board of Inquiry for the Mackenzie Under Cover Dairying Proposals

Purpose This Board of Inquiry was established under section 146 of the Resource Management Amendment Act 2005 to hear and decide the matters called-in by the Minister for the Environment, deemed a proposal of national significance, from three farming companies for under cover dairying of approximately 18,000 cows.
Number of members 5
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 1

Review into the performance of Far North District Council

Purpose A review undertaken for the Minister under section 24 of the Resource Management Act 1991 into the performance of the Far North District Council.
Number of members 2
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 2 days on site

Review into the performance of the Canterbury Regional Council

Purpose A review undertaken for the Minister under section 24 of the Resource Management Act 1991 into the performance of the Canterbury Regional Council.
Number of members 3
Number of meetings held from 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010 10 days on site