The expert consenting panel appointed to determine the Otawere water storage reservoir application has made its decision.
On 29 July 2022, a request for minor corrections was made on behalf of one of the parties invited to comment on the application.
The minor correction was made and the panel has issued Minute 8 on 2 August 2022, outlining the changes made and provided a revised decision report including conditions.
On 18 July 2022 the panel granted resource consents subject to conditions for the Otawere water storage reservoir application to Te Tai Tokerau Water Trust.
The panel’s decision can be appealed to the High Court in whole or in part on questions of law only. Any of the following persons may appeal:
(a) the consent applicant or requiring authority, as the case requires
(b) any relevant local authority
(c) the Attorney-General
(d) any person or group that provided comments in response to an invitation given under clause 17(2)
(e) any person who has an interest in the decision appealed against that is greater than that of the general public.
A notice of appeal must be filed with the Registrar of the High Court within 15-working-days after the date the person is notified of the panel’s decision. A copy of the notice of appeal must also be served on the EPA.
Appeals can be served on the EPA by emailing them to Otawere.Fasttrack@epa.govt.nz
or by post to:
Otawere water storage reservoir expert consenting panel
c/- Environmental Protection Authority
Private Bag 63002
Attn: General Counsel
Further details on how to proceed with an appeal are covered in clause 45 of Schedule 6 of the Act: