Have your say on an application by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency to extract gravel at Whitestone River. Submissions closed 11 April 2022.

Submissions closed 11 April 2022.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Department has received an application from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for gravel extraction within the Marginal Strip at Whitestone River Bridge SH94.

Application details

Applicant: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Location of proposed activity: SH94 at Whitestone River Bridge: Marginal Strip
Concession type: Gravel extraction
Summary of proposal: Waka Kotahi propose to extract gravel from the bed of the Whitestone River, in any aggraded area within an area 350 m upstream and 380 m downstream of the centreline of the Whitestone River (SH94) bridge. The intent of the proposed gravel extraction activity is to protect the bridge from flooding and damage from erosion that results from ongoing bed aggradation.

Application 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 5 pm 11 April 2022.

1. Prepare your submission

Record what you think in the submission form.

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard at a possible hearing in support of their submission must request an opportunity to appear before the Director-General. This request must be included in your submission.

2. Send us your submission

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


Department of Conservation
Dunedin Service Centre
PO Box 5244
Dunedin 9054

Attention: Sanjay Thakur, Senior 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, state this in writing when making your submission.

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'll 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's likely to occur on the week starting 2 May 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 Sanjay Thakur, Permissions Advisor.


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