NCTIR SH1 Resilience Consents Granted

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The last 10 resource consent applications for essential repairs and improvements on State Highway 1 and the Main North Line near Kaikōura have been granted.

Affected parties including iwi, the Kaikoura Marine Guardians, Te Korowai, the Kaikoura Boardriders Association, Surfbreak Protection Society, Mangamaunu Marae and the Mangamaunu Preservation Society Incorporated, were invited to provide written comments.

The received comments focused on

  • requesting that NCTIR remain in contact with local/affected groups to keep informed of progress and changes including consolation
  • concerns about the pāua population along the coast, effects of sedimentation and construction on the populations including suggestions to relocate pāua from construction sites
  • opposition to the fast-tracking processes.
  • a wish for more detailed plans of what works are to be undertaken under the application and for the public to have access to these as they are made available.
  • to avoid impacts on the nationally significant surfbreaks and take regard to the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement.

Having considered the comments, council has included the following conditions alongside the granting of the consent. (Please note, the bullet points below are a short summary only and may not cover all details. For the full information, download the pdf’s of the comments and decisions through the links below.)

Design conditions:

  • Mangamaunu only – within 30 working days the consent holder shall hold at least one meeting with a focus group made up of up to two representatives from each of Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura, Kaikoura Marine Guardians, Kaikoura Board Riders Association, Mangamaunu Marae, Surf Break Protection Society, Environment Canterbury and Kaikoura District Council. The purpose of the meeting is to inform the design, location and footprint of the Mangamaunu Amenity Area.
  • Mangamaunu only – at least 14 working days prior to starting construction the consent holder must submit to the Council the detailed design drawings of the Mangamaunu amenity that are subject to this application. The drawings must include how they have regard to Project ecological principles, Project landscape design framework, New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, Te Rūnanga o Kaikoura Environmental Management Plan, The New Zealand Urban Design Protocol, The Canterbury Regional Policy Statement and NZTA Urban Design Guideline (2013).
  • Mangamaunu, Halfmoon Bay and Okiwi Bay South – design and construction methodology of any coastal protection structure must consider the risk profile of the area, opportunities for tourism, opportunities to enhance pāua and other marine species habitat, opportunities to enhance public access to and along the coastal marine area and landscape and amenity values
  • Landscape-design Framework – the consent holder must design and construct the project to appropriately integrate the permanent works into the surrounding landscape with regard to designing with nature

Other conditions:

  • Iwi adviser – before starting construction works, the consent holder must invite the relevant  Mana whenua to appoint an Iwiw Adviser to provide on-site guidance to enable effective management of cultural indicators
  • Restoration Liaison Group – must meet at least 20 working days before construction starts, to inform the design, management and monitoring of all construction work.
  • Construction Environmental Management Plan – must be prepared for construction works
  • Earthworks – undertake all construction works in accordance with the best methods available at time of construction
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plan – the Consent holder must prepare an Erosion and Sediment Control plan for the construction works to ensure appropriate control measures are taken.
  • Ecology –a suitably qualified ecologist must be appointed to inform the design, management and monitoring of all construction works and its impacts on terrestrial, intertidal and marine environments

Read the full Decision of Kaikoura District Council or the full Summary of Comments 

Background:

The consents, which address safety, resilience and community access issues, were lodged by New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail Holdings Ltd. and cover changes to the existing consent footprint at three sites along the coastal route: Mangamaunu, Half Moon Bay and Okiwi Bay South. 

  • Halfmoon Bay – an amendment to enhance the safety of the transport corridor and address the resilience of the transport corridor by increasing the distance from the existing slopes.  Halfmoon Bay has been significantly impacted by recent storm events.
  • Okiwi Bay South – an amendment to address an “out of context” curve, thereby enhancing the safety of the road corridor at this location.
  • Mangamaunu – an amendment to enable greater room alongside the road and rail corridor to provide amenity and safety improvements, and enhance access and safety to the surf break.

All 10 consents were assessed by Kaikōura District Council and Environment Canterbury using the Hurunui/Kaikōura Earthquakes Recovery (Coastal Route and Other Matters) Order 2016. This special legislation modifies the normal process in the Resource Management Act 1991, speeding up vital works. 

Under the OIC, applications must be granted as a controlled activity, need only contain broad details and desktop assessments, and cannot be publicly notified or given limited notification. 

This means that Council had to grant the consent but could impose conditions related to the management of the effects of the restoration work on:

  • areas of significant indigenous vegetation and significant habitats of indigenous fauna:
  • fresh water quality:
  • heritage, cultural, and archaeological values:
  • landscape, natural character, and visual amenity:
  • coastal processes:
  • coastal water quality:
  • marine mammals and seabirds:
  • the management of construction work, stormwater, marine biosecurity, hazardous substances, spills, artificial lighting, dust, noise, and vibration.

Certain affected parties had been invited to provide written a comment to Environment Canterbury or Kaikōura District Council by 5pm, March 24, 2018.

Kaikoura District Council and Environment Canterbury received resource consent applications from the New Zealand Transport Agency and KiwiRail Holdings Limited. The applications sought to amend existing consent footprints for earthquake repair and enhancement works to Mangamaunu, Half Moon Bay and Okiwi Bay South. 

These applications were processed under Clauses 5-10 of the Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquakes Recovery (Coastal Route and Other Matters) Order 2016.