The River Cut

At the recent AGM questions were raised about a river cut to allow acces to the beach especially at high tide. This is a copy of the consent to make a cut which was issued 03 March 2010 but which has many conditions attached which is probably causing a delay.

DECISION ON AN APPLICATION UNDER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT ACT
CONSENT HOLDER : Horowhenua District Council
1. APPLICATION
Horowhenua District council has applied for the renewal of coastal permits to undertake stream diversion and control works at the confluence of the Waikawa stream and the Tasman sea when necessary to avoid coastal erosion as a result of stream migration. The southerly meander of the stream mouth frequently travels far enough to create a potential erosion hazard for residential properties on the true left bank of the stream just upstream of
the mouth and to properties that extend to the beach frontage.

This application was lodged on 1 January 2009 to replace coastal Permits 100182 (water permit), 100183(land use) and 100184 (land use) which expired on 29 June 2009.

The applicant has requested a term of 15 years for these consents.

Further information was requested on 17 March 2009 pursuant to section 92 of the Resource Management Act 1991 with respect to the provision of monitoring information from the physical and the environmental effects of the diversion and damming works of the stream as required by conditions of the previous consent. Clarification of the consultation undertaken with potentially affected parties was also sought.

Information was provided to the Regional council on 20 March 2009.

The application was limited notified on 15 May 2009, with the submission period closing on 16 June 2009. Four submissions were received in relation to this application, from the Waikawa Ratepayers Association and Lesley-Anne and Richard Walker, both in support of the application, the Wellington Conservancy of the Department of Conservation who had a neutral position and the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of NZ Ltd – Horowhenua
Branch, who were opposed to the application.

The Applicant confirmed their wished to proceed to a pre-hearing meeting. This meeting was held on 20 October 2009.

2. THE SITE

The Waikawa Stream has a history of migration, generally in a southerly direction, which is driven by the wind and tidal influence. This is common to many streams on the Kapiti / Horowhenua coast. The stream has a very flat gradient as it approaches the coast, and usually has low volume flows. These two factors combine to make the flow energy in the stream usually too low to remove material deposited at the mouth of the stream by storm events and littoral deposition. This further reduces the ability of the stream to break the bar of deposited material at the stream mouth and causes the migration of the stream in a southerly direction.

A management plan (titled: ‘Horowhenua District Council Waikawa Stream Mouth Management Plan’, dated 30 Oct 1997, prepared by AC Consulting Group Ltd) was developed for the Waikawa Stream Mouth. The Management Plan considers the coastal and ecological environment, the history of the stream mouth movement and identified a range of management options from doing nothing to protection works, planting and stream mouth cutting. The management option for which previous consents were granted is known as
Management Option 5.3 – Foredune Planting and Mouth Cutting. The current application proposes this as the most appropriate option to continue with in terms of on going management of the Waikawa Stream.

Recent housing development in the area has encroached relatively closely to the coastal marine area. By allowing the Waikawa Stream to move in a natural way with no diversion works, may result in erosion of the residential properties and rural farm land adjacent to the stream. Additionally, allowing the Waikawa Stream to take its natural course would also, for extended periods of time, restrict access (particularly vehicle access) to the beach.
Therefore the Horowhenua District Council considers the implementation of Management
Option 5.3 of the Waikawa Stream Mouth Management Plan provides an appropriate
management option to mitigate against potential erosion caused by the stream.

3. PLANNING ASSESSMENT

The application has been assessed against the following statutory documents.

3.1 The Regional Coastal Plan (2002)
The proposed activities take place within the General Coastal Area of the Regional Coastal Plan. The damming and diversion of the mouth of the Waikawa Stream is considered to be a Discretionary Activity in accordance with Rules 17 and 18 of the Regional Coastal Plan
(RCP).

As the volume of the disturbance of the seabed and foreshore exceeds 50 cubic metres but is less than 50,000 cubic metres occurring in an area that is less than 4 hectares, the proposed excavation is considered to be a Discretionary Activity in accordance with Rule 25 of the RCP.
The occupation of space in the Coastal Marine Area by any existing structure specified in Schedule One (retaining boulder bank along the south bank of the Waikawa Stream) is a
Permitted Activity in accordance with RCP Rule 30.

The maintenance or repair of any existing structure within the coastal marine area is
considered to be a Permitted Activity in accordance with RCP Rule 31.

RCP Rule 40 requires that ‘Any activity involving the creation, reconstruction, placement,
alteration, extension…. or any associated occupation of the CMA of any….coastal hazard
protection structure (including seawalls and groynes)’ is assessed as a Discretionary Activity.

3.2 Proposed One PIan (2007)
The occupation of existing structures is considered to be permitted under Rule 17-1 of the
Proposed One Plan. The maintenance and repair of existing structures is permitted in
accordance with Rule 17-6 of the POP.

The deposition, disturbance and removal of material in the Coastal Marine Area, not specifically covered by a rule in the Plan is considered to be a Discretionary Activity under
Rule 17-39.

3.3 Overall Assessment Based on Regional Plans
The proposal is assessed as a Discretionary Activity under the Regional Coastal Plan and
the Proposed One Plan.

4. NOTIFICATION

With regard to notification, section 93(1) indicates that a consent authority must notify an
application for resource consent unless:

a. the application is for a Controlled Activity; or
b. the consent authority is satisfied that the adverse effects of the activity on the
environment will be minor.

In this case it was considered necessary to limited notify this application because:

Identified potentially adversely affected parties had not provided their written approval.

Four submissions were received in relation to the application, from the following parties;
– Waikawa Ratepayers Association – in support and wished to be heard.
– Lesley-Anne and Richard Walker – in support
– The Department of Conservation – Wellington Conservancy – neutral submission and
wished to be heard.
– The Royal Forest and Bird Protection of New Zealand Limited – Horowhenua Branch –
opposition and wished to be heard.

Concerns raised by submitters included:
– the temporary nature of the diversion.
– the works do not comply with the NZ Coastal Policy Statement.
– potential adverse effects on the ecology and stream life of the Waikawa Stream.
– insufficient information provided with the application to adequately assess the potential
adverse effects the stream diversion work may have on the environment.
– a lack of monitoring of the environmental effects that was required by previous consents.
– a lack of information on the type of native fish species present affected by the proposal.
– the only reason for the work is political. The affected area is a fairly recent subdivision
where the Horowhenua District Council have allowed residential sections to be
subdivided too close to the MHW line and have not left sufficient buffer zone for estuary
movement. The Waikawa River mouth has a long history of movement to the north and
south over a distance of several kilometres which may have been overlooked when
granting consent for this subdivision.

Support for the continued stream diversion works was also received for the following
reasons:
– When the stream encroaches into reserve land or gets too close to private land access to
the beach becomes impossible.
– A number of people at Waikawa need vehicular access to the beach and river mouth.
– Prior to the latest cut (on 5 June 2009), it was impossible to get to the beach for fishing or
recreation. The latest cut has been done just in time with the whitebait season coming
up.
– The latest cut is holding up very well and this time the operators have not stock piled the
sand up in front of the house at 55 Manga-Pirau Street.
– Beach access and the maintenance of the dune area is important to this community.

A pre-hearing meeting was held on Tuesday 20 October 2009. At this meeting the concerns
raised in submissions were discussed and how these concerns could best be addressed.
The term of the consents was also discussed as well as proposed consent conditions.
Additionally, the effectiveness of the existing rock groyne on the left bank of the Waikawa
Stream near the end of Manga-Pirau Street was discussed. It was determined that the
groyne’s angle needed to be reviewed in order to ensure it provided effective erosion control.

Following the pre-hearing meeting, a suite of proposed consent conditions and a Plan
(Plan C104817) specifying areas where proposed diversion works could occur was circulated
to all parties who attended the pre-hearing meeting. All submitters subsequently provided
written confirmation that they withdraw their wish to be heard at a Hearing for the Coastal
Permits 104817, 104818 and 104819.

5. SECTION 104

Section 104(1) of the Resource Management Act 1991 outlines the matters that the Consent
Authority must have regard to when considering applications for resource consents, subject
to Part 2 of the Resource Management Act.

I have assessed this application with respect to the relevant statutory planning matters under
section 104. Only the relevant sections of statutory documents relevant to this application
have been assessed in this report.

5.1 Environmental Effects
The application has been assessed by John Philpott, Consultant Engineer, with regard to the
actual and potential adverse environmental effects of the stream diversion works and the
appropriateness of implementation of Management Option 5.3. His conclusions have been
considered below:

. Option 5.3 includes not only the cutting of the stream channel to the sea from time to time
as a certain southerly migration point is reached, but also fencing and planting of the
foredune on the northern bank of the stream. The planting was intended to extend and
protect the dune and thus the river mouth, allowing the channel to move closer to the sea
before migrating south along the beach. However the planting which was implemented
under the existing consents is considered to have had little effect, as the predominant
wind does not come from a north-westerly direction. The predominant south-west and
true westerly wind causes the sand to be deposited on the beach and causes the stream
to migrate in a southerly direction. Previous fencing implemented under the existing
consents has not been successful and planting has failed to become established.
Therefore it is considered inappropriate to continue with the implementation of this aspect
of Management Option 5.3.

. The natural erosion of stream channel and dune along the eastern edge of the southward
migrating channel is considered unacceptable and there is no other viable option
available other than to continue to cut the stream to the sea when it reaches a
pre-determined southerly and easterly limit.

. The rock groyne near the end of Manga-Pirau Street is not considered to be very
effective in encouraging the stream to push out towards the coast. Therefore realignment
of this groyne to a right angle to the stream is considered necessary and would increase
the chances of the stream remaining on the cut alignment.

. Allowing the stream to take its natural course would significantly restrict access to the
beach for an extended period of time.

. The shortening of the stream channel through cutting the stream to the sea on a
semi-regular basis will not significantly alter the low natural character of the stream.

. The adoption of Management Option 5.3 of the Waikawa Stream Management Plan
(excluding the fencing and planting) is considered to be appropriate with regard to the
mitigating the natural erosion process past the previously consent southerly point.

Overall Conclusion
Based on these conclusions, I am of the opinion that the actual and potential adverse
environmental effects of the proposed stream diversion activity are no more than minor and
the implementation of Option 5.3 – Mouth Cutting (excluding the foredune planting and
fencing) is the most appropriate management method in terms of controlling the Waikawa
Stream mouth, preventing coastal erosion of nearby properties and maintain vehicular
access to the beach.

5.2 New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement
Under the provisions of section 104(1Xb) the Consent Authority must have regard to the
provisions of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement. The purpose of the NZCPS is to
set out policies for New Zealand’s coastal environment assisting to achieve the purposes of
the Act.

The NZCPS includes Policies intended to promote sustainable management of natural and
physical resources in the coastal environment of New Zealand. Those Policies state matters
to be included in Regional Plans as well as priorities for the management of coastal
resources. Chapter 3 contains some Policies that are of particular relevance to the proposed
activity as outlined below.

In assessing the proposed activities associated with this resource consent application
consideration has been given to policies of the National Coastal Policy Statement. I consider
that the proposed activity will not contravene any of the Policies of the National Coastal
Policy Statement.

Policy 3.1.1 states that the use of the coast by the public should not be allowed to have
significant adverse effects on the coastal environment, amenity values, nor on the safety of
the public nor on the enjoyment of the coast by the public.

Policy 3.4.6 states that where existing subdivision, use or development is threatened by a
coastal hazard, coastal protection works should be permitted only where they are the best
practicable option for the future. Where coastal protection works are the best practicable
option, they should be located and designed so as to avoid adverse environmental effects to
the extent practicable.

The proposed management method, being stream diversion works and continued
maintenance of existing rock groyne coastal protection structures is considered to be the
best practicable option in the context of this particular site. There will be no more than minor
adverse effects on the environment as outlined in Section 5.1 of this report.

5.3 Objectives and Policies

5.3.1 Operative Regional Policy Statement
Objectives 16 and 22-of the Regional Policy Statement seek to avoid, remedy or mitigate the
adverse effects of structures or activities in the beds of rivers and in the coastal environment.
Furthermore, Objective 21 seeks to protect the ecological, physical, cultural and aesthetic
qualities that make up the natural character of the coastal environment’

It is considered that this proposal is consistent with these objectives and the relevant policies
associated with these objectives due to the fact that any adverse effects on the coastal
environment and river bed will be no more than minor.

5.3.2 Operative Regional Coastal Plan
Objective 6 of the Regional Coastal Plan seeks to ensure that the taking, use and damning
and diversion of water within the coastal marine area avoids, remedies or mitigates any
adverse environmental effects. This objective is supported by Policy 6.2(b) which allows the
damning and diversion of water within the Coastal Marine Area (CMA) for social and/or
economic well being of the community.

Objective 7 seeks to avoid remedy or mitigate any adverse effects of activities that disturb
the seabed and foreshore or seabed of the CMA, including the deposition of material.
Policy 7.1 seeks to ensure no significant adverse effects occur from such activities.

Objective 8 of the Regional Coastal Plan is to avoid, remedy and mitigate any adverse
effects of structures on the foreshore and seabed of the CMA. Policy 8.1 allows for existing
structures specified in Schedule 1 of this plan. Policy 8.2 which the areas that new structures
or modifications or maintenance of existing structures must not have significant adverse
effects on the natural character of the coastal environment, any indigenous flora and fauna
habitats, Maori cultural or spiritual values, amenity values or cultural heritage values. These
matters have been considered in the assessment of this application.

5.3.3 Proposed One Plan
Objective 9-2 provides for protection, use and development within the Coastal Marine Area.
The use of the Coastal Marine area is implemented by Policy 9-4 which states that any use
or development of the Coastal Marine Area shall have a functional need to be located in the
Coastal Marine Area.

Potentially significant effects can be avoided or mitigated by measures required by conditions
of consent. The provisions of the Objective and Policies will not be contravened by the
proposal.

Overall Conclusion
After considering all of the relevant Objectives and Policies of these Regional Plans and the
New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, I consider that the proposed activity is consistent
with all the relevant Objectives and Policies.

6. CONSENT DURATION

Consent duration is determined in accordance with Policy 2-2 of the Proposed One Plan and
Policy 34.2 of the Operative Regional Policy Statement. The applicant has sought a term of
15 years for the proposed stream diversion works.

Following discussion with the applicant and submitters at the pre-hearing meeting, an
agreement was reached for consent to be granted for a ten year term. I therefore
recommend that consent be granted for a term of 10 years for the coastal permits.

7. RECOMMENDATION

I recommend that the resource consent application by Horowhenua District Council for the
damming and diversion of the Waikawa Stream in the coastal marine area, the placement
and maintenance of structures within the bed of the Waikawa Stream and the Coastal Marine
Area and excavation within the bed of the Waikawa Stream and the Coastal Marine Area at approximate map reference NZMS S60 S25:910-550 (NZTopo50 BN33:810-933) be granted for a term expiring on 1 July 2020 pursuant to Sections 104, 1048 and 108 of the Resource Management Act 1991 for the following reasons:

• The activity has been assessed by John Philpott – Consulting Engineer, who is satisfied
the proposal will have minor actual or potential adverse effects on the environment;
• The activity is not contrary to any relevant Objectives and Policies;
• The activity is consistent with the purpose and principles of the Resource Management
Act 1991; and
• All parties who made submissions on the application have withdrawn their wish to be
heard subject to the consent conditions outlined below.

And subject to the following conditions:

General Review Condition

1. The Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council, under Section 128 of the Act, may
initiate a review of the conditions of these Permits in the months of October 2012,
2015 and 2018. The review of conditions shall be for the purposes of:
i. dealing with any adverse effect on the environment which may arise from the
exercise of these Permits and which it is appropriate to deal with at a later
stage; and/or
ii. to require the adoption of the best practicable option to remove or reduce any
adverse environmental effect on the environment; or
iii. revising the monitoring or reporting required under conditions of these Permits.

The review of conditions shall allow for:

i. the deletion or amendment of any of the conditions of these Permits;
ii. the addition of new conditions as necessary to avoid, remedy or mitigate any
adverse effects on the environment;

A. Coastal Permit (water permit) 104817 to dam and divert the mouth of the
Waikawa Stream, for a term expiring on 1 July 2020, subject to the following
conditions:

1. The area in which stream mouth diversion and damming is authorised is that area of
foreshore to the south (downstream side) of the southernmost boundary of Lot 2
DP 8850, Block lll Waitohu SD, not closer than 50 metres to that boundary; and an
area not further than 80 metres south of the southernmost boundary of Lot 52
DP 42669 Block lll Waitohu SD. For clarity, the area is shown as ‘Area over which
diversions are authorised’ on Plan C104817 attached to and forming part of this
consent.

2. Damming is only authorised in conjunction with the installation of a diversion cut and
the location of any dam shall be in the channel diverted not more than seventy metres
downstream of the location of the associated diversion cut.

3. This permit may be exercised when the stream edge moves to within 50 metres of the
line shown as the ‘Line of Consent’ on Plan C104817 attached to and forming part of
this consent. The 50 metres distance is shown as the’Buffer Line’ on Plan G104817.

4. No diversion or damming of the mouth of the Waikawa Stream shall take place
between 15 August and 30 November of any year (whitebaiting season).

5. Fish relocation, in accordance with best practice, is required if damming occurs in
more than one location at any one time.

Advice Note: Fish entrapped by the damming and diversion works must be
relocated into the flowing water of the diversion.

6. No diversion cut put in place under the authority of this resource consent shall exceed
ten (10) metres in width at the time of its installation. Material excavated from the
diversion cut may be used to create a dam or dams in the diverted channel
immediately below (south of) the cut location, or used to replenish any eroded dune
structure. This consent does not authorise the importation of any material that is not
naturally found at the site for dam construction.

Advice Note: The consent holder is encouraged to use excess sand to replenish
dune structures along dunes to the south east of Waikawa Beach Stream and
undertake dune planting / fencing to achieve dune stabilisation.

7. The Consent Holder shall ensure that no machinery that is leaking fuel, lubricant or
hydraulic fluid may be used for any diversion works, or for any ancillary works within
the bed of the stream or within the Coastal Marine Area, and that there is no
discharge of any contaminant into water or onto land within the Coastal Marine Area.

Advice Note: The Coastal Marine Area is defined as that area below the level of
Mean High Water Springs, and extending up the stream to the seaward (downstream)
side of the footbridge over the Waikawa Stream at Waikawa Beach Road immediately
to the west of the Waikawa Beach Road / Drake Street junction.

8. During the term of this consent, the Consent Holder shall monitor and record the
physical effects of the diversions.

Physical monitoring shall include noting the position of the stream mouth and channel
immediately prior to any diversion, the position of the stream mouth immediately after
the diversion, and the time elapsed since the last diversion was required in
accordance with Condition 2 of this consent. All stream mouth monitoring shall be
undertaken within the period two hours either side of a low tide, when the low tide
falls within daylight hours. Physical monitoring shall also include recording
information on wind direction and strength, and state of the sea and tides (ie rough,
calm, spring or neap tides, etc). Physical monitoring shall be continued for one week
following the diversion and at monthly intervals for the next two months. Results of
the physical monitoring shall be provided to Horizons Regional Council Environmental
Protection Manager within I month of monitoring being completed.

9. The Consent Holder shall advise in writing the property owner of Lot 2 DP 8850, the
Wellington Conservancy of the Department of Conservation and the Horowhenua
Branch of the Royal Forest and Bird Society of each diversion cut, seven days prior
to any such cut taking place, to allow those organisations to independently monitor
the effects of the diversions. lf seven days prior notice is not achievable due to
circumstances beyond the Consent Holders control a notice of less than seven days
will be accepted.

B. Coastal Permit (land use) 104818 to place and maintain structures within the
bed of the Waikawa Stream and in the Coastal Marine Area at Waikawa Beach,
for a term expiring on 1 July 2020, subject to the following conditions:

1. The structures authorised by this consent are limited to:

a. a rock rip rap wall along the true left bank of the Waikawa Stream
commencing at a point approximately 200 metres downstream of the
footbridge over the Waikawa Stream at Waikawa Beach Road, and extending
along the true left bank onto the foreshore to a point approximately 90 metres
to the west of the western extreme of Lot 51 DP 42669 Block lll Waitohu SD,
as shown on Plan C104817 as ‘Existing rock rip rap to be maintained’; and

b. a rock groyne located within the area shown on Plan C104817 as ‘Existing
groyne to be maintained’.

Within I year of commencement of this consent, the consent holder shall commission
an appropriately qualified river engineer to design a new groyne structure to be
located within the area over which diversions and excavation are authorised as
shown on Plan C1O48’17 to achieve more effective control of the path of the Waikawa
Stream. This new groyne shall be constructed prior to the next stream diversion. lf
the river engineer recommends that a new groyne be constructed in a different
location and not connected to the existing groyne, the existing groyne must be
removed.

2. The maintenance of the structures detailed in Condition 1 is authorised over the term
of this consent, providing that maintenance is limited to maintaining the structures.
Any work which may result in any change of location and scale is not authorised by
this consent other than the new groyne referred to in Condition 1b.

3. Any maintenance that involves any excavation of the bed of the Waikawa Stream or
of the Coastal Marine Area shall be carried out within a six hour period three hours
either side of a low tide.

4. The Consent Holder shall ensure that no machinery that is leaking fuel, lubricant or
hydraulic fluid is used for any maintenance works, or for any ancillary works within the
bed of the stream or within the Coastal Marine Area, and that there is no discharge of
any contaminant into water or onto land within the Coastal Marine Area resulting from
the exercise of this consent.

Advice Note: The Coastal Marine area is defined as that area below the level of
Mean High Water Springs, and extends up the stream to the seaward (downstream)
side of the footbridge over the Waikawa Stream at Waikawa Beach Road immediately
to the west of the Waikawa Beach Road / Drake Street junction.

C. Coastal Permit (land use) 104819 to excavate within the bed of the Waikawa
Stream and the Goastal Marine Area, for a term expiring on I July 2020, subject
to the following conditions:

1. Excavation is limited to within Lots 50, 51 and 52 DP 42669, Lots 50, 51 and 53
DP 40260 Block lll Waitohu SD, and the area of stream bed and foreshore bounded
by Lot 2 DP 8850, Lot 52 DP 42669 and Lot 53 DP 40260 Block lll Waitohu SD and
an area not further than 80 metres south of the southernmost boundary of Lot 52
DP 42669 Block lll Waitohu SD. For clarity, the area is shown hatched on
Plan G104817.

2. Excavation is limited to that necessary for the diversions authorised by Coastal
Permit 104817 and for maintenance of the structures authorised by Coastal Permit
104818.

3. The Consent Holder shall ensure that no machinery that is leaking fuel, lubricant or
hydraulic fluid is used for any excavation, or for any ancillary works within the bed of
the stream or within the Coastal Marine Area, and that there is no discharge of any
contaminant into water or onto land within the Coastal Marine Area resulting from the
exercise of this consent.

8. DECISION

For the reasons reported above, the Policy and Consents Manager of the Manawatu-
Wanganui Regional Council (pursuant to delegated authority), grants resource consent to
Horowhenua District Council, under section 12, 104, 1048 and 108 of the Resource
Management Act 1991 for Coastal Permits (water permit) to dam and divert water in the
Coastal Marine Area, (land use) to place and maintain structures within the bed of the
Waikawa Stream and the Coastal Marine Area and to excavate within the bed of the
Waikawa Stream and the Coastal Marine Area at the mouth of the Waikawa Stream at
approximate map reference NZMS260 S25:910-550 (NZTopo50 BN33:810-933) for a term of
10 years expiring on 1 July 2020.

Richard Munneke
POLICY AND CONSENTS MANAGER

3 March 2010Plan C104817

The Boat Ramp

In the past year since the boat ramp was constructed some people have questioned why the ramp has a locked gate on it. We have reprinted here the Consent which clearly states that the ramp is for pedestrian traffic only and that the gate (which was donated by Richard Hammond) must remain closed.

Resource Management Act 1991 — Decision on Application for Resource Consent

Applicant: Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association

This non-notified application for a Coastal Permit (land use) is restricted by Sections 12(1),12{2) and 12(3) and of the Resource ManagementAct 1991′

The Application

The proposal is to construct an access boat ramp to the Waikawa Stream at the end of Waikawa Beach Road for the exclusive use of kayaks and canoes to access the river.

Vehicles will not use this ramp except for emergencies or for specific events. To ensure that there is no vehicle access, four lockable bollards will be fixed to the top of the ramp as well as a sign advising that the ramp is for pedestrian access only.

On completion of the ramp’s construction, the applicant will liaise with Horowhenua District Council to fit a sump and drain next to the ramp to drain the stormwater which has the tendency to collect in the car park at the end of the road.

The ramp will consist of a concrete slab with 200mm footing around the perimeter and two anchor piles, 300x300x400 mm deep. The slab is to be no less than 100mm thick going from the road level to approx 1.5 metres from the low water level. The lower end of the slab will be rounded off to allow for the easier flow of water.

The pouring of the slab is to be timed around the low tide mark and the weather. The tide, at the low tide level, takes approx 1.5 hrs then 1 hour of slack water with another 1.5 hours before it reaches the concrete boxing of the ramp. This gives approximately 4 hours to allow for the concrete to harden. lt is anticipated that it will take two hours for the freshly poured concrete to partially set and the top to harden. As an additional measure a sheet of polythene can be spread over the concrete slab until it’s completely dry.

Non-Notification

The applicant has obtained written approval for this activity from Te lwi O Ngati Wehi Wehi and the Department of Conservation in support of the proposed activity.

It is considered that the actual and potential effects on the environment are minor and that there are no other parties affected. The Regional Council’s Senior Consultant planner is satisfied that this coastal permit can be processed non-notified pursuant to Section 92(2) of the Act.

Environmental Effects

ln considering this application the Council must have regard to the potential ecological effects the construction will have on the surrounding environment.

The part of the estuary that the proposed ramp lies within is an identified Protected Natural area in the Foxton Ecological District PNA survey. ln this regard, particular attention must be had to the construction effects may potentially have on inanga spawning and native fish. The proposed structure is also located within a site of significant aquatic significance as defined by Horizons One Plan.

It is noted that the construction for the proposed ramp has already commenced with boxing already erected and base formation work undertaken. No works will take place at any time when the water covers the lower section of the ramp, therefore it is considered that the instream construction will not have any affect on inanga spawning (between 1 February and 1 May) or the Whitebait run (between 15 August and 30 November).

Regard must also be had to the potential for scouring and erosion to the river bed to occur as a result of construction within the stream. lt is proposed that the low end of the slab is to be tapered or rounded off to ensure water flows freely over and around the ramp. The finished top of the ramp will be level with the surrounding ground level, especially from the low tide to the high tide mark. This will enable debris to flow over the top in both directions. lt is envisaged that there may be some sand build up on top of the ramp from time to time however the effects of this are considered to be minor.

Other potential ecological effects may include amenity values and loss of the natural character of the river. Assessment of the activity against these values has been carried out and the ecological effects of the proposed activity are considered to be minor.

Planning Assessment

Section 104(1) of the Resource Management Act 1991 outlines the matters that the consent authority is to have regard to when considering applications for resource consent, subject to Part ll of the Resource Management Act’

The Senior Consultant Planner has assessed the application with respect to the relevant Statutory Planning matters under Section 104 and an assessment of the application against these matters. Note that only the relevant sections or parts of sections of statutory documents as applicable to this resource consent have been reproduced in this report.

The actual and potential effects on the environment of allowing the activities related to the proposal are outlined in the Environmental Effects section of this decision.

The New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (NZCPS) is a National Policy Statement and it became operative in May 1994. lt provides policies to achieve the purpose of the Act in relation to the coastal environment of New Zealand.

NZCPS Chapter 3 contains key policies relevant to this application. Sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.5 and their associated policies deal with activities involving the subdivision, use or development of areas, including access to the Coastal Environment. The construction of the access ramp is not considered to be in conflict with the relevant Objectives and Policies of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.

The proposed activity has been assessed against Objectives 15, 16, 18, 21, 22 and 23 of the Regional Policy Statement.

Objective 11 of the Regional Coastal Plan is to maintain or enhance surface water quality in the region. Objective 15 seeks to preserve the natural character of lakes, rivers and wetlands and their margins and protect their ecological, cultural, intrinsic and amenity values from inappropriate use. Objective 16 is to avoid remedy or mitigate the adverse effects of structures or activities in the beds of lakes and river. Objective 20 of the Regional Coastal Plan is to maintain or enhance coastal water quality. Objective 21 seeks to protect the ecological, physical cultural and aesthetic qualities that make up the natural character of the coastal environment. Objective 22 of the Regional Coastal Plan is to avoid remedy or mitigate the adverse effects of activities in the coastal environment and Objective 23 is to maintain or enhance public access to and along the coastal marine area. The proposed construction for a canoe/kayak launching ramp into the Waikawa Stream is not considered to cause any potential adverse effects to the environment. The activity is considered to be consistent with the above objectives of the Regional policy Statement, in particular to provide access to the coastal marine area.

Potential adverse effects on the environment can be avoided, remedied or mitigated by measures required by conditions of consent.

The proposed term of 35 years is in accordance with Policy 34.2 of the Regional Policy Statement for Manawatu-Wanganui.

Overall, the application is considered to be consistent with the relevant Objectives and Policies.

Proposed Regional Policy Statement

The proposed One Plan is Horizons Regional Council’s combined Regional Policy Statement and Regional Plan. lt was notified on 31st May 20O7. As a result of notification consideration must be made to the relevant Objectives, Policies and Rules contained within the Plan.

The application has been assessed against Objective 9-2 and Policies 9-2 and 9-5 of the Regional Policy Statement of the Proposed One Plan.

Objective 9-2 requires appropriate protection, use and development in the coastal marine area. Policy 9-2 requires that activities and important values of the CMA are managed to ensure that the adverse effects in the general zone are avoided as far as practicable and, where they cannot be avoided, are remedied or mitigated.

A permit of 35 years has been recommended as this structure is intended to be a permanent installation. This term is in accordance with Policy 2-2 of the Proposed Regional Policy Statement for Manawatu-Wanganui.

Subject to compliance with the recommended consent conditions the proposed activity is not in conflict with the Objectives and Policies of the Regional Policy Statement of the Proposed One Plan.

Regional Coastal Plan

Regional Council’s have the specific responsibility for the control of effects of activities in the Coastal Marine Area (CMA).

RCP Rule 40 has been identified as being relevant to the proposed activity. This rule relates to the occupation of space in the General Coastal Marine Area by any activity that involves the erection, reconstruction, placement, alteration, extension, removal or demolition of; any jetty, structure associated with network utilities and services to the public (including pipes, telephone lines and power lines), launching ramp or coastal hazard protection structure (including seawalls and groynes). The proposed activity is listed as a Discretionary Activity in accordance with this rule of the Regional Coastal Plan therefore a Coastal Permit is required. The proposed activity is not considered to be inconsistent with the above rule.

Proposed One Plan

The proposed site is identified in the Proposed One Plan as being a site of significance — aquatic (Appendix D). lt is due to this that the activity is unable to comply with the conditions and terms contained in Rule 17-10. Therefore the proposed activity is considered as a Discretionary Activity in accordance with rule 17-10, which provides for activities that are not covered by any other rule, or do not comply with permitted and controlled activity rules.

Recommendation

It is recommended that this resource consent application, subject to conditions, be granted for a term expiring on 30 September 2043, for the following reasons:

  • The activity will have minor actual or potential adverse effects on the environment.
  • The activity is not contrary to the relevant Objectives and Policies of the relevant Plans and Regional Policy Statement
  • The activity is consistent with the purpose and principles of the Resource Management Act.

The Decision

A. The policy and Consents Manager of the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council (trading as Horizons Regional Council) has considered this non- notified application. On 30 September 2008 the Policy and Consents Manager, pursuant to delegated authority under Section 34A of the Resource Management Act, grants Coastal Permit no 104382 pursuant to section 104(B) of the act, to the Waikawa Rate Payers Association, for the construction of a ramp for the launching of canoes/kayaks into the Waikawa stream, to be undertaken at map reference S25: 915-554, for a term expiring on 30 September 2043, subject to the following conditions.

  1. Works shall be undertaken in accordance with the application dated 11 April 2008, letter dated 09 April 2008, and the amended plan dated 07 Julyl 2008 for the construction of a canoe/kayak ramp in the Waikawa Stream’
  2. To prohibit vehicle access lockable bollards are to be installed to the top of the ramp, as shown in the amended plan dated 07 July 2008.
  3. The low end of the slab is to be tapered or rounded off to ensure water is able to freely flow over and around the ramp.
  4. The pouring of the concrete slab is to be undertaken at low tide only to allow sufficient time for the concrete to harden before the tide comes in again.
  5. Consent Holder shall ensure that:
    1. No machinery leaking fuel, Iubricants, hydraulic fluids or solvents shall work where any leak from the machinery may enter the Waikawa Stream;
    2. No refuelling of any vehicles, machinery or equipment shall take place within the bed of the Waikawa stream, or in a position where spills may enter water in the Waikawa stream; and storage of fuel or contaminants adjacent to the Waikawa Stream does not result in any fuel or contaminants entering water’
    3. During works authorised by this consent, any machinery or equipment not in-use shall be stored out of the bed of the Waikawa Stream.
  6. No machinery used for the exercise of this consent shall enter, operate or excavate within the bed in the Waikawa Stream.
  7. The Consent Holder shall dispose of any vegetative materials, debris or overburden that is removed from the work site, clear of the active channel of the Waikawa Stream and in a position where it will not adversely affect the flow of water in the channel or cause any erosion of the floodway.
  8. The permit holder shall ensure that construction material no longer required as part of the works, are removed on completion of the works or activities and disposed of in an appropriate manner where it will not affect floodwaters.
  9. Charges, set in accordance with Section 36(1)c of the Resource Management Act 1991, and Section 150 of the Local Government Act 2OO2, shall be paid to the Regional Council for the carrying out of its functions in relation to the administration, monitoring and supervision of this resource consent and for the carrying out of its functions under Section 35 (duty to gather information, monitor, and keep records) of the Act.

[Note: Section 36(1)c of the Act provides that the Regional Council may from time to time fix charges payable by holders of resource consents. The procedure for setting administrative charges is governed by Section 36(2) of the Act and is currently carried out as part of the formulation of the Regional Council’s LTCCPI].

Reasons for this Decision

ln making his decision on this application pursuant to Sections 104(B) and 104(C) of the Resource Management Act 1991, the Consents and Policy Manager had regard to matters as required by Sections 104 and 105 of the Act. ln particular the Consents and policy Manager considered the actual and potential adverse environmental effect associated with this activity.

The Consents and Policy Manager is satisfied that granting this permit to build a kayak/canoe access ramp in the Waikawa Stream will not be inconsistent with the sustainable management provisions provided for in Part 2 of the Act.

The Consents Policy Manager notes that this activity takes place in a site of significance — aquatic as listed in the Proposed One Plan, He is satisfied that the proposed activity will not inhibit access to or have adverse affect on the coastal environment. The Consents and Policy Manager has had regard to public access and recreational and amenity values potentially affected by the works. The Consents and Policy Manager considered the concerns of residents and imposed conditions to mitigate their concerns regarding vehicle use of the ramp.

The policy and Consents Manager has granted a term of 35 years on this permit Consistent with Policy 34.2 of the Regional Policy Statement and POP Policy 2-2.

The Consents and Policy Manager is satisfied that the additional costs incurred during the processing of this application, imposed under Section 36 of the Act, are both fair and reasonable. A breakdown of the charges incurred during the processing of this consent will be forwarded to the Consent Holder in due course.

The Consents and Policy Manager is satisfied that provided conditions of this Permit are met, granting consent for this activity will not be inconsistent with the Regional Policy Statement for the Manawatu-Wanganui Region, the Proposed Regional Policy Statement, the Regional Coastal Plan and the Proposed One Plan.

Richard Munneke CONSENTS AND POLICY MANAGER

30 September 2008

Rats on Increase

The number of rats is reported to be increasing. This is not helped when rubbish is left on the kerb for collection on Monday afternoon and animals have a go before it is collected.
Rubbish in Sarah Street on Monday 13 December 2010
Photo shows mess in Sarah Street on Monday 13 December 2010.

A rubbish stand in Manga Pirau Street built from driftwood.
Many people have built stands near the kerb like this one in Manga Pirau Street and although it does not prevent birds getting into the rubbish bags it is far better than nothing.

November 2010 newsletter

November 2010 newsletter

Subscriptions

Your subscription of $ 25 for 10/11 is now due. Please send to John Brown at 9A 19 Maida Vale Rd Roseneath Wellington. A sub form is enclosed or you can credit our bank account:

Waikawa Beach Ratepayers at Westpac Levin

03 0667 0268929 000 Please give surname and address.

Holiday Activities

AGM Sunday 2 January 3pm Hank Edwards Reserve. Nominations for secretary are required.

Please bring a chair.

Refreshments will follow the meeting.

Boat Day

Monday 27 December 2pm at the bridge

A list of races will be posted on the notice board. Sausages and drinks will be on sale as usual.

Ambrose Golf

Monday 3 January Levin Golf Club Tee off at 10am

A family occasion. Let Ngaire Hunter 362 6007 know if you wish to take part. Cost $25.

Fun Sports

Saturday 1 January 3pm Hank Edwards Reserve

This is always a great day.

Golf Thursday 30 December Otaki Golf Club Tee off at 10am

Contact Ngaire Hunter for details 362 6007. Reporting time 9.30am Cost $30.

Sand Sculpture Competition

Saturday 22 January Over the bridge. Judging will be at 7pm due to the tide.

Watch the notice board for details of all of these.

Liquor Ban

A reminder that there is a liquor ban in force on New Years Eve. This applies to all streets and reserves within the village and the beach.

Rubbish Collections

Official Council bags and all bins are collected on a Monday. Wheelie bins can be hired for $10 per week. Ring Levin Container Rubbish on 06 368 2438

Hard Rubbish Collection

The Association will be holding a hard rubbish collection on Saturday 29 January starting at 9am. Tip fees have risen so much that the Association thought this an appropriate time to have another collection A truck will drive around the streets. If you are not available leave your rubbish at the gate and ask a neighbour to pay. Cost $20. Watch the board for further details.

Web Site

Don’t forget to look at our website. It is updated regularly. www.waikawabeach.org.nz

Dogs

A reminder that dogs must be on a leash over the bridge and north of the river mouth.

The Beach is a road

The beach is considered to be a public road and as such all road conditions apply. Please keep vehicles and bikes off the dunes and please remind any person you may see riding on the dunes. There have been many complaints and the one thing we do not want is a blanket ban on vehicles on the beach. The community constable will be policing the area over the summer so it is up to us to keep the area as safe as possible.

Working Bee

Thank you to those who turned up for the recent working bee at the entrance and to those who helped with the beach clean up.

Security

The area has been trouble-free over recent months but please be security conscious and keep an eye on neighbouring properties. Ring the police with any concerns.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Erica Wyatt

Secretary

24 Manga Pirau St

Waikawa Beach

RD 31

Levin

Ph 06 362 6679

E-mail pberrett@slingshot.co.nz

Waikawa Beach Ratepayers Association

Subscription : 1 October 2010 – 30 September 2011 $25

Name ______________________________

Address ______________________________

Beach Address ______________________________

E-Mail Address ______________________________

Send to: John Brown 9A 19 Maida Vale Roseneath Wellington

Free Range Coloured Eggs

Free Range Coloured Eggs.
Free Range Coloured Eggs

1/2 dozen mixed – $3.00
Dozen mixed – $6
Pullets (small eggs) x10 – $3

Mixed grade, beautiful varieties including the occassional green/blue, fresh eggs now available and laid daily just down the road!

Happy to try to accomodate regular orders.
Gate sales at 577 Waikawa Beach Road, Fri/Sat/Sun availability and weather permitting! We recycle cartons so feel free to pop your spares in the letterbox or bag them up and pop them over the gate. Any enquiries please email diandbri@paradise.net.nz or leave a note in the letterbox.

The eggs range from cute pullet size to industrial strength jumbos and are laid by a variety of well-spoilt hens, orpington, minorca, acona, araucana, red shavers, light sussex, hy-lines and bantams. No additives, just grains, laying pellets, fruit and vege, grass, bugs and sunshine.

District Plans

The recently released Horowhenua District Council proposed plan 20 affecting rural subdivision and plan 21 affecting greenbelt and residential urban growth have some effect on Waikawa.
Plan 20 proposes that the coastal enviromental domain includes the presently established Waikawa and Strathnaver Drive and the land further inland is classified as coastal lakes domain. It has further proposed that any future subdivision in the coastal lakes domain has a minimum lot size of 5000 square metres. In the coastal environmental domain an number of policies have been proposed including protecting the natural character by avoiding inappropriate subdivision, subdivisions that result in unplanned expansions to existing areas or new areas and to minimise obtrusive buildings on dunes