Have your say on an application by No 8 Limited for a lease, licence and easement for a small hydro scheme on the West Coast. Submissions close 24 May 2018.

This application is publicly notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a Lease, licence and easement for a term of 40 years to construct and manage a small hydro scheme.

About the application


No. 8 Limited

Location of proposed activity

Within the Waitangi Forest Conservation Area, Whataroa Scenic Reserve and Marginal Strip – McCulloughs Creek, West Coast, South Island.

Map reference

Approximately 4,981m2, between approximate map references NZTM: 1392680.5206250 NZTM:1391846.5205998, NZTM: 1390417.5206541 and NZTM: 1390907.5206898

Topo50 map BW16 - Whataroa

Summary of proposal

No.8 Hydro Limited has applied for a 1.890kW, run-of-river hydro scheme on McCulloughs Creek. The scheme includes intake structures, penstocks, access road and powerhouse. The requested term is 40 years.

How to submit

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal. The submission must be made on a submission form – download a copy or get one from your local DOC office.

Comment submission form (Word, 236K) 

Make a submission by sending a written or electronic submission to:

West Coast Tai Poutini Conservancy
Department of Conservation
Private Bag 701

Attention: Chari Taylor


Submissions close on Thursday 24 May 2018 at 5 pm. Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act. If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, you need to state this in writing when making your submission.

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard in support of his/her submission, must request (within that submission) an opportunity to appear before the Director-General.

Hearing details

A hearing will be held on Wednesday 26 September, 10.30am, at the Hokitika DOC Office (Only one submitter to be heard). 

DOC comment regarding publicly notified applications

The Minister of Conservation has made no determination regarding the suitability of this proposed concession on public conservation land.  This public notification should not be interpreted as an intention on the part of the Minister of Conservation to grant the proposed concession.  


Application documents

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