Introduction

A run of the river hydro scheme application by Westpower Limited has been declined.

The Minister for the Environment has declined a concession to Westpower Limited to construct and operate a run of the river hydro scheme on the Waitaha River on the West Coast.

The application was for a lease, licence and easement concession for a term of 49 years under section 17Q of the Conservation Act 1987 to Westpower Limited to construct and operate a run of the river hydro scheme on the Waitaha River on the West Coast.

The Minister has declined the application because it would have been contrary to the purpose for which the land is held, and would have had significant impacts on the natural character of the area, and people’s enjoyment of it.

Media release about the decision 28 August 2019

About the concession application

The Minister of Conservation gives notice of her intention to grant a lease, licence and easement concession for a term of 49 years under section 17Q of the Conservation Act 1987 to Westpower Limited to construct and operate a run of the river hydro scheme on the Waitaha River on the West Coast. 

Westpower's application

Application for concessions and assessment of effects on Westpower website

DOC's analysis of the application

Concession officer's report (PDF, 5,078K)

DOC's technical reports

These reports review the effects on:

Other information received

These reports were received under section17s(4)(a) and (b) of the Conservation Act 1987:

Submission process

Submissions closed on Monday 14 November 2016. 

DOC received 3264 submissions, including 2864 Forest & Bird template submissions and a Green Party submission with 2343 signatures.

12 June 2018 letter to submitters

Westpower has proposed some additional measures to address the potential adverse effects on recreation (kayaking and tramping). This letter has been sent out to the submitters who have already made submissions on the application. The letter invites submitters to provide comment on the additional measures proposed by Westpower by 5 pm Wednesday 4 July.

Read the letter to submitters (PDF 107K)


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