COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Order 2020

Schedule 20 Whakatāne Commercial Boat Harbour

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Schedule 20: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

Project referred to expert consenting panel

Heading: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

1 Name of project

The name of the project is the Whakatāne Commercial Boat Harbour (the project).

Schedule 20 clause 1: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

2 Authorised persons

The authorised persons for the project are—

(a)

Whakatane District Council; and

(b)

Te Rāhui Lands Trust; and

(c)

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa; and

(d)

Ngati Awa Group Holdings Limited; and

(e)

Te Rāhui Herenga Waka Whakatāne Limited; and

(f)

Provincial Growth Fund Limited.

Schedule 20 clause 2: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

3 Description of project

(1)

The scope of the project is to develop a commercial boat harbour, associated facilities, and a channel to the Whakatāne River.

(2)

The development will include—

(a)

a marina; and

(b)

berthing infrastructure; and

(c)

an access channel for vessels; and

(d)

an upgraded boat ramp for commercial and recreational boats; and

(e)

a training centre; and

(f)

a commercial maintenance facility; and

(g)

a parking area; and

(h)

open space and walking areas.

Schedule 20 clause 3: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

4 Description of activities involved in project

The project may involve the following works:

(a)

works to clear vegetation:

(b)

earthworks, including—

(i)

works to excavate soil, rock, and other material and deposit them on land:

(ii)

works to disturb and remediate contaminated land, including works to remove timber mill waste:

(c)

works to enable dewatering of building and construction sites:

(d)

works to discharge water and contaminants onto land:

(e)

works to dam and divert the Whakatāne River, including in the coastal marine area:

(f)

works to disturb and dredge the Whakatāne River, including in the coastal marine area:

(g)

works to disturb wetlands and restore degraded wetlands:

(h)

works to install navigational aids in the coastal marine area:

(i)

works to construct moorings and associated infrastructure within the boat harbour:

(j)

works to construct parking areas:

(k)

works to construct a technical training centre:

(l)

works to construct maintenance facilities and related buildings:

(m)

any other works that are—

(i)

associated with the works described in paragraphs (a) to (l); and

(ii)

within the scope of the project as described in clause 3 of this schedule.

Schedule 20 clause 4: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

5 Approximate geographical location

(1)

The project’s works will occur at 2 Keepa Road, Coastlands, Whakatāne.

(2)

The legal description of the site of the project is—

(a)

Part Rangitaiki Lot 28B No 22 Block; and

(b)

depending on the location of the access channel, parts of—

(i)

Section 5 SO 477337; and

(ii)

Section 1 SO 477337; and

(iii)

Part Lot 3 DP 21268; and

(iv)

Part Lot 4 DP 21268; and

(c)

depending on the dredging needed to deepen the river channel,—

(i)

Allotment 165 Rangitaiki Parish; and

(ii)

Allotment 19 Rangitaiki Parish; and

(iii)

Section 10 Block II Whakatāne Survey District; and

(iv)

Section 11 Block II Whakatāne Survey District.

(3)

The site of the project also includes land within the coastal marine area adjacent to, and including, the bed of the Whakatāne River.

Schedule 20 clause 5: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

6 Further information to be submitted

The following information must be submitted to the panel with any consent application or notice of requirement relating to the project (in addition to the information required by clause 9 of Schedule 6 of the Act):

(a)

an ecological assessment; and

(b)

a river flood protection assessment that includes an assessment of—

(i)

any adverse effects of the project on the Whakatāne River; and

(ii)

any adverse effects of the project on the stopbanks and flood protection structures, including erosion and scouring from dredging; and

(c)

a freshwater management assessment that includes an assessment of—

(i)

any adverse effects of the project on natural wetlands; and

(ii)

any adverse effects of dredging the Whakatāne River on freshwater ecology and water quality; and

(d)

an integrated transport assessment, including modelling and analysis that covers the effects of the project on the surrounding road network.

Schedule 20 clause 6: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

7 Persons who must be invited to comment on project

An expert consenting panel must invite comments on any consent application or notice of requirement relating to the project from the following persons in addition to the persons listed in clause 17(6) of Schedule 6 of the Act:

(a)

Whakatane Volunteer Coastguard Association Incorporated; and

(b)

Whakatāne Harbour Care Group; and

(c)

New Zealand Transport Agency.

Schedule 20 clause 7: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

8 No further provision required

No further provision is necessary to give effect to decisions made by the Minister for the Environment and the Acting Minister of Conservation under section 24 of the Act in respect of the project.

Schedule 20 clause 8: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

Statement of reasons

Heading: inserted, on 18 June 2021, by clause 4 of the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Referred Projects Amendment Order (No 6) 2021 (LI 2021/152).

This statement of reasons is published for the purposes of clause 4 of Schedule 3 of the Act

The Minister for the Environment and the Acting Minister of Conservation have jointly accepted this application for referral. The Ministers considered the application against the criteria in the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 (the Act) and the Act’s purpose, and sought and considered written comments from the relevant Ministers and Te Rāhui Lands Trust. The Ministers accepted the application for the following reasons:

  • the project will help to achieve the purpose of the Act; and

  • the project will generate employment by providing—

    • up to 30 direct full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs during the engineering works; and

    • approximately 30 indirect FTE jobs in marine servicing; and

  • the project will generate longer-term new employment, including—

    • approximately 229 indirect jobs from the on-water development; and

    • approximately 373 boat building jobs; and

    • approximately 230 new tourism-centred jobs; and

    • new jobs in harvesting and processing mussels; and

  • the project will provide infrastructure to improve economic outcomes for the marine farming, boat building, and tourism industries, which have been affected by COVID-19; and

  • the project will provide infrastructure by converting the site, which is currently in agricultural use of marginal economic benefit, into a commercial and community asset; and

  • the project will have positive effects on social well-being by providing employment, economic benefits, and fit-for-purpose facilities for commercial and recreational users, and provide opportunities to retrain at the proposed training facility; and

  • the project will progress faster than would otherwise be the case under the Resource Management Act 1991 standard processes; and

  • any adverse effects that arise from the application, and any mitigation measures, can be tested by an expert consenting panel against Part 2 of the Resource Management Act 1991 and the purpose of the Act.