Have your say on an application by Reefton Powerhouse Charitable Trust Inc for a lease/easement concession as part of the reinstatement of an historic hydro-electric power scheme. Submissions close 1 August 2018.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease/easement concession for a term of 30 years.

Application details


Reefton Powerhouse Charitable Trust Inc

Location of proposed activity

Victoria Forest Park, approximately 1 km east of Reefton township adjacent to State Highway 7 adjacent to the Inangahua River.

Map reference

Between approximate map references NZTM: 1507516.5335710, NZTM: 1507672.5335570 

Concession applied for

A lease and easement for construction, use and maintenance of structures as part of the reinstatement of an historic hydro-electric power scheme.

Summary of proposal

The proposed activity is to use 220 metres of the land to construct, use and maintain structures for the purpose of the reinstatement of an historic electric power scheme. The activity includes exclusive use of an historic tunnel to protect public safety.  The structures to be constructed are:

  • reinstatement/construction of water race structures including timber fluming and a bridge within an historic tunnel
  • excavation of slip debris
  • construction of rock rip rap river stability works

Access to the site would be across the Inangahua River at Syphon Ford adjacent to State Highway 7.

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 the Tauranga District Office. 

Comment submission form (Word, 237K)

Department of Conservation
Private Bag 701
Hokitika 7842

Attention: Chari Taylor, Statutory Support Officer 


Submissions close on Wednesday 1 August 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.

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.  

Hearing details

If a hearing is required, it is likely to occur on the week starting 6 August 2018.

Date: Tuesday 14 August 2018 (to be confirmed)
Time: 10 am
Hokitika RSA, Sewell St, Hokitika


When a decision on the application is made it will be posted on this page.  

Application documents

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