Applicant: Ngai Tahu Forest Estates Limited
Address: C/- Cowie Resource Management Limited, PO Box 583 Christchurch, Attn: Brent Cowie
CRC132458 - to divert, take and use water.
CRC142438 - to discharge water to water.
Proposal: Ngai Tahu Forest Estates Limited (NTFE) has applied to divert, take, discharge and use water for irrigation, dairy wash down and stock drinking water.
Up to 5.2 cumecs (5,200 litres per second) of water is proposed to be diverted just below the Leslie Hills bridge at Topo50 BU24:8370-7364 (NZMS 260 N32:9370-3528) on the true right bank of the Waiau River. This is the same location as the existing Amuri Irrigation Company Limited (AICL) diversion point and water will be diverted into the existing settling pond operated and maintained by AICL.
One cumec (1,000 litres per second) of water is to be diverted from the Waiau River to operate the fish exclusion barrier and fish by-pass and will be discharged back into the river approximately 2.7 kilometres downstream of the diversion point at Topo50 BU24:8575-7209 (NZMS 260 N32:9575-3374).
Up to 4.2 cumecs (4,200 litres per second) of water will be taken from the settling pond at Topo50 BU24:8447-7263 (NZMS 260 N32:9447-3428 and conveyed to the NTFE property using an upgraded AICL canal network plus an extension of this canal.
Up to 0.5 cumecs (500 litres per second) of this water is proposed to be made available for use by land owners adjoining the canal.
NTFE have applied to use water to irrigate up to 7,000 hectares of their Balmoral property and for dairy wash down and stock water purposes. There will be a buffer of 100-300 metres between any farming activity and the Hurunui River.
NTFE proposes that the water take of 4.2 cumecs (4,200 litres per second) comprises of “B” permit water. In addition, NTFE proposes to take “A” permit water when it is not being used by its current permit holders.
A consent duration of 35 years is sought.
Note: the diverting and taking of water from the Waiau River during times of low flow will at all times be in accordance with the provisions set out in the proposed Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan.
Resource consents relating to the modification of the intake and existing canal network, storage of water and the construction of the new canal will be applied for at a later date.