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Application to vary the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River

The Minister for the Environment announced on 1 November 2013 that the Water Conservation Order (Kawarau) Order 1997 will be amended in respect of the Nevis River, a tributary of the Kawarau River. The amendment will further protect the Nevis River’s outstanding characteristics. The amendment will prohibit damming or diversion of the Nevis River.

Water Conservation (Kawarau) Amendment Order 2013  [New Zealand Legislation website]

The Water Conservation (Kawarau) Amendment Order 2013 was published in the New Zealand Gazette on 14 November 2014. The Order will take effect 28 days after the date of publication.

Background

The New Zealand and Otago fish and game councils applied to the Minister for the Environment to amend the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River, a tributary of the Kawarau, in June 2006.

Application to amend the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River
The application was supplemented by further information provided to the Minister for the Environment in May 2007.

Fish and Game New Zealand Water Conservation Order supplementary letter May 2007 [PDF 89KB]
A special tribunal was appointed in June 2008 to hear and report on the application. The special tribunal sent its report and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment in August 2010.

Special Tribunal’s report on application to vary the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River

Submissions were made to the Environment Court with respect to the special tribunal report. The Environment Court considered these and on 11 June 2013 sent its report and recommendations to the Minister for the Environment.

Environment Court’s report on the application to vary the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River [New Zealand Legal Information Institute website] [PDF 17.12MB]
The Minister for the Environment announced on 1 November 2013 that she had considered the Environment Court’s report and recommendations and had decided to amend the Water Conservation Order in accordance with the majority report of the Environment Court.

Media release: Minister acts to prevent damming on Nevis River [Beehive website]

Last updated: 20 November 2013