The Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act 2010 came into force on 13 April 2010. This Act cancels the previous Hurunui WCO process and makes Environment Canterbury responsible for rehearing the application from the start.
Environment Canterbury has been given the function in the ECan Act to run the Hurunui Water Conservation Order hearing process. Hearing Commissioners will be appointed by the Environment Canterbury commissioners.
The applicants were invited to submit a revised application to Environment Canterbury by 28 July 2010, taking into account new criteria for Canterbury water conservation orders set out in the Act. Environment Canterbury has accepted this revised application.
The Fish and Game Council New Zealand, the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council and Whitewater New Zealand (formerly the NZ Recreational Canoeing Association).
Everyone who submitted on the original application has the opportunity to submit on the revised application. All submitters were sent a letter on 13 August with details of the revised application and information on how to lodge a new submission.
All new or amended water conservation orders in Canterbury are subject to new criteria as a result of the ECan Act:
No – the Environment Canterbury (Temporary Commissioners and Improved Water Management) Act is specific to Canterbury. The processes and criteria around Canterbury water conservation orders apply only during the time the Act is in force: until the October 2013 elections at the latest.
The only people and organisations who can take part are the applicants and the submitters in the original Hurunui Water Conservation process, including those who appealed to the Environment Court.
Around 375 people and organisations made submissions on the original Hurunui Water Conservation Order.
The Hearing Commissioners will convene a hearing to allow the applicant and submitters who requested to be heard to provide more detail and to give the Hearing Commissioners the opportunity to ask questions.
The only appeals allowed under the ECan Act are appeals on points of law to the High Court.
Appeals to the Environment Court have been removed by the Act.
Environment Canterbury contact:
Susannah Black, phone (03) 364 9879 or email Susannah.Black@ecan.govt.nz
Susannah Black: phone (03) 364 9879 or email Susannah.Black@ecan.govt.nz
Customer Services: phone (03) 353 9007 or 0800 EC INFO (0800 324-636)
(03) 353 9007
0800 324 636 (EC INFO)
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