Environmental / Resource Management

High Court gives Proposed East-West Link the Green Light

Created: Wednesday, 17 March 2021 11:26

Royal Forest and Bird Protection of New Zealand Inc v New Zealand Transport Agency [2021] NZHC 390

In February 2017, the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) formally notified its proposal to construct, operate and maintain a new four-lane arterial road to connect State Highway 20 in Onehunga with State Highway 1 in Penrose / Mt Wellington -  commonly referred to as the proposed East-West Link (EWL). The land subject to the EWL is ecologically significant, particularly as a habitat for sea birds, and the activity, as a whole, was considered to be non-complying.

A Board appointed by the Ministers for the Environment approved the resource consent applications and Notices of Requirement, but the  decision was appealed by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand (RFB) and Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei Whai Maia Limited (Ngāti Whātua) with the support of Te Kawerau Iwi Tribal Authority, (collectively referred to as the Appellants).

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The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill

Created: Tuesday, 09 March 2021 08:36

The Local Electoral (Māori Wards and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill (the Bill) amends the Local Electoral Act 2001 (the LEA) and brings significant changes for the establishment of Māori wards and constituencies.

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Territorial Authorities put on notice about the need for proper management of Wastewater Treatment Plants

Created: Thursday, 11 February 2021 16:10

In Otago Regional Council v Clutha District Council [2020] NZDC 26125 Judge Dwyer has fined the Clutha District Council (Council) $488,250 for "egregious" failures in managing its wastewater treatment plants. The decision serves as a warning to territorial authorities to be proactive in the management of their wastewater systems, even when contractors have been engaged carry out their operation and management.

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Zipline Proposal Cut Short - Impact of Cultural Effects

Created: Monday, 21 December 2020 15:59

The Taupō District Council’s (TDC) hearing panel (Panel) recently issued its decision on an application for land use consent by Sky Play Adventures Limited and Tauhara North No.2 Trust (Applicant) to construct and operate a zipline, base station and walking tracks along and over the Waikato River, as well as a tour hub on Huka Falls Road. The application overall was considered as a discretionary activity.

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High Court tackles competing primacy of mana whenua groups under RMA

Created: Wednesday, 09 December 2020 15:58

In Ngāti Maru Trust v Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whaia Maia Limited the High Court deals with the emerging acceptance of tikanga Māori in New Zealand’s modern legal system. Deciding how best to fit these two systems together after centuries of dominance of the European legal construct is no small feat, but the judiciary has taken on the challenge and we, as a country, are starting to see the results.

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