As part of our response to the Kaikoura earthquake, we are working closely with the NZ Transport Agency as they work to reinstate SH1 and rail links along the Kaikoura coast.
We are supporting this work by providing urgent permits under special legislation, along with advice and expertise, to minimise the impacts of these works on the area’s conservation values.
When viewing the permits, note that there are sections in italics headed Advice Notes. We have included Advice Notes as a way to provide additional information to the NZ Transport Authority and KiwiRail Holdings Limited. Advice Notes are not legally enforceable conditions.
Permit under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978 to disturb seals at Ohau Point through construction work relating to the scaling and sluicing of slips.
Permit under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978 to run a trial for different methods to handle seals and keep them away from the construction zone.
Permit under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978 to implement the outcomes of that trial – that is, moving seals from the construction zone and setting up a fence to restrict their access to where construction work will take place.
Authorisation under the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983 to restrict fish passage at Ohau and Irongate Streams – that is, building culverts and other structures that might restrict fish passage.
Concession under the Conservation Act 1987 and Reserves Act 1977 to operate in conservation land along the Kaikoura coast. This includes landing helicopters, access across conservation land, and building structures that will form part of the road and rail corridor such as rock netting.
Permit under the Marine Mammals Protection Act 1978 to disturb seals along the Kaikoura coastline as a result of general construction work.
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