This page has the key milestones in the making of the National Water Conservation (Rakaia River) Order 1988 and related documents.
- On 10 June 1983, four organisations applied for a water conservation order in respect of the Rakaia River and tributaries.
They were the:
- Ashburton Acclimatisation Society
- North Canterbury Acclimatisation Society
- Council of South Island Acclimatisation Societies
- National Executive of Acclimatisation Societies.
- The application was made under the Water and Soil Conservation Act 1967.
- The application was referred to the National Water and Soil Conservation Authority which publicly notified the application and received submissions.
- A public hearing was held from 6 to 14 December 1983.
- The authority approved its report and recommendations in March 1984.
- The draft Order was publicly notified in April 1984.
- Submissions were made to the Planning Tribunal which held its hearing between 1 October and 6 December 1984.
- The tribunal released its report and recommendations on 3 May 1985.
- An appeal on questions of law was lodged with the High Court.
- The hearing was held from 15 to 16 September 1986. The judgement is dated 17 November 1986.
- Leave was granted for an appeal to the Court of Appeal. This was heard on 27 and 28 August 1987.
- Judgement was delivered on 30 September 1987. This allowed the appeal and restored the report of the Planning Tribunal.
- On 10 October 1988 the National Water Conservation (Rakaia River) Order 1988 was made.
Find out more
Application [PDF, 3.86 KB]
Planning Tribunal report [PDF, 22 KB]
High Court judgement [PDF, 7 KB]
Court of Appeal judgement [PDF, 16 KB]