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HASTINGS MAIL, JUNE 19, 2013
Why use an independent Board of Inquiry?
• The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is of national signi cance
• This large-scale scheme involves signi cant use of natural and physical resources
• The scheme affects more than one region or district
• The Tukituki Catchment Proposal has widespread public interest
• Tukituki Plan Change 6 involves methods for water and land management that are new to New Zealand
• HBRC considers the Tukituki Plan Change and Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme are linked and it is
highly desirable to hear them in combination.
• The process is transparent and at arm's length from HBRC.
Who will invest in Water Storage?
There has been a lot of discussion about how the $260 million water storage scheme will be funded.
HBRC has signalled a potential investment of up to $80 million via its investment company HBRIC Ltd,
subject to a nal business case and further public consultation.
The Crown may be a partial investor during the start-up phase of the scheme, along with others including
private sector investors who will make up the balance should the project proceed. HBRIC Ltd should be in
a position to announce the potential investors for the scheme in the next few months.
Water Uptake Update
Earlier in 2013, HBRIC Ltd appointed Duncan MacLeod as a commercial manager for the water storage
scheme to work with farmers who are keen to be part of the project. While it's early in the uptake process
there has been positive reaction from farmers signing non-binding expressions of interest to access water
from the scheme.
This process will run through to early next year with a rmer water price known later this year.
Anyone interested in nding out more about accessing water from the scheme should call
Duncan MacLeod on 027 706 5529 or email email@example.com
• The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is a proactive approach to provide water security for farmers,
and improve water quality and quantity in the Tukituki River.
• The Tukituki Plan Change proposes setting limits for nitrogen where none currently exist. The plan
proposes to manage nitrogen to protect aquatic life while limiting phosphorus to reduce slime and algae.
• The storage reservoir would be established on one of 17 tributaries of the Tukituki River -- the Makaroro River.
• The scheme would potentially open up another 25,000 hectares of land for farming.
• The water storage scheme allows for ushing ows' to wash out algae and slime from the river in dry
• Economic assessments suggest the scheme would increase regional GDP by a one-time $350 million
due to on-farm and off-farm investment -- that includes $230 million of annual household income.
• At full capacity, the increase in activity from farming, processing and supporting industries is
estimated to provide an extra 2,250 jobs in the region and an annual regional GDP increase of $230 million.
More information and regular news updates on www.hbrc.govt.nz keyword: RUATANIWHA
• Public Noti cation of the Ministers' decision
• Call for public submissions (Any submissions already
received on the Plan Change will be considered by the
Board of Inquiry)
• Board of Inquiry appointed
• Friend of the Submitter' appointed to assist people
• Board of Inquiry holds hearings in Hawke's Bay.
• Preliminary notice from the Board of Inquiry on
whether the water storage scheme and plan change
will be approved.
• HBRIC Ltd to present HBRC with a recommendation
on whether or not RWSS should go ahead and if it
should invest $80 million in the scheme.
• HBRC will undertake a special public consultative process
before making a nal decision on whether to proceed
with the water storage scheme
• Board of Inquiry makes a nal decision on whether the
water storage scheme will be given resource consent
and if the Tukituki Plan Change can be implemented.
The Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme is to go through the ultimate peer review.
The Minister for the Environment and the Minister of Conservation have agreed resource consents for the $260
million dollar scheme, along with the proposed Tukituki Plan Change 6 are matters of national signi cance and
should be considered by an independent Board of Inquiry. The rst step is to appoint a Board. From the date of
public noti cation, the Board has nine months to make a decision.
Concept of proposed dam face
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