Making the Buller River water conservation order

This page outlines the key milestones in the making of the Water Conservation (Buller River) Order 2001 and related documents.

Key milestones

  • On 29 September 1987, the Nelson Acclimatisation Society and the Council of South Island Acclimatisation Societies applied for a water conservation order in respect of the Buller River. The application was made under the Water and Soil Conservation Act 1967.
  • Following the abolition of the National Water and Soil Conservation Authority and the enactment of the Water and Soil Conservation Amendment Act 1988, responsibility for water conservation orders transferred to the Minister for the Environment.
  • In July 1988 the Minister for the Environment decided the application would be dealt with as a national water conservation order and appointed a tribunal to consider and make recommendations on the application.
  • On 13 August and 27 August 1988 the application was publicly notified and 162 submissions were received.
  • The tribunal held a public hearing from 20 to 22 March 1989 and released its report and recommendation on 18 July 1989.
  • Submissions were lodged with the Planning Tribunal and between August 1991 and May 1992 meetings were held with the parties and pre-hearing conferences.
  • On 6 July 1992 the tribunal began its inquiry.
  • This was followed with rulings and further pre-hearings proceedings in 1994 and a resumption of the substantive inquiry in May, July and August 1995.
  • The Planning Tribunal report and recommendations are dated 31 May 1996.
  • The Water Conservation (Buller River) Order 2001 was made on 18 June 2001.

Find out more

Application [PDF 1.48 MB]

Tribunal decision [PDF, 12 MB]

Planning Tribunal report [PDF, 47.5 MB]