Have your say on a concession application by South Port New Zealand Ltd for a 20-year term lease, licence and easement to operate beacons and solar panel systems within Tiwai Spit. Submissions closed Monday 4 April 2022.

Submissions closed 4 April 2022. No objections or submissions received. No requests for a hearing.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease and licence and easement for a term of 20 years.

Application details

Applicant: South Port New Zealand Limited
Location of proposed activity: Conservation Area – Tiwai Spit
Map reference: Approximate GPS NZTM 2000: Site 1: E1246201.079, N4829483.312;
Site 2: E1245417.811, N4828642.910
Concession Applied for: Lease, Licence, and Easement
Summary of proposal: This proposal is for a 20-year term concession (lease, licence, and easement) to carry out the following activities within Conservation Area – Tiwai Spit:

  • formalise the historic occupation of two beacons
  • construct two solar panel systems enclosed by 1.8 m high fences to power the beacons
  • install an above-ground electric cable ducted from the solar panel systems to both beacons.

Application documents

Application forms:

Additional documents:

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal.

Submissions closed Monday 4 April 2022.

1. Prepare your submission

Record what you think in the submission form:

2. Send your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You will get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.


Department of Conservation
Ōtepoti/Dunedin Service Centre
Level 1, John Wickliffe House
265 Princes Street
Ōtepoti/Dunedin 9016

Attention: Kelvin Brown, Permissions Advisor

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.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  1. DOC will analyse and consider all submissions.
  2. A hearing will be held if there have been requests to be heard by the Director-General. If you have expressed an interest in presenting your submission at a hearing, you will be contacted by DOC regarding this.
  3. DOC will analyse and consider information raised at the hearing, if a hearing occurred.
  4. DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  5. The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.

Hearing details

If a hearing is required, it is likely to occur during the period 26–29 April 2022.


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.

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.


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Kelvin Brown, Permissions Advisor.


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