Making the Rakaia River water conservation order

This page has the key milestones in the making of the National Water Conservation (Rakaia River) Order 1988 and related documents.

Key milestones

  • 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]

National Water and Soil Conservation Authority report [PDF, 24 KB]

Planning Tribunal report [PDF, 22 KB]

High Court judgement [PDF, 7 KB]

Court of Appeal judgement [PDF, 16 KB]