Wastewater options

The independent consultants reviewing alternatives to Te Anau’s proposed wastewater scheme have cautiously recommended two alternatives for further investigation. Scientists from Pattle Delamore Partners returned to Te Anau yesterday to present their findings to the Te Anau Wastewater Discharge Project Committee. The draft PDP report recognises some of the negative community growth and tourism implications… Read more

Appeal readied

The group formed in opposition to the green-lit Te Anau wastewater scheme at Manapouri has lodged an appeal of the consent decision with the Environment Court. Fiordland Sewerage Options chairman Alistair Paton-McDonald said three appeals were lodged including two from individuals, and if it came down to a legal battle with the Southland District Council,… Read more

Discharge granted

Two major consents for the proposed Te Anau wastewater scheme at Manapouri have been granted for 25 years by an independent commission. After two public evidentiary hearings last year, three commissioners approved the Southland District Council consent applications to discharge Te Anau’s treated wastewater to land and air at the Kepler Block, adjacent to Te… Read more

Wastewater decision imminent

The hearing commission into the proposed Te Anau Wastewater Scheme at Manapouri was adjourned yesterday afternoon, with commissioners expected to make a decision on the project in the coming weeks. Having requesting further technical information from the applicant – Southland District Council – in July, the commissioners re-convened on Monday to hear this information and… Read more

Opposition growing

Support continues to build for alternatives to the proposed Te Anau wastewater scheme at Manapouri, with a public meeting held last week as the current consent was about to expire. The 10-year consent for the Southland District Council to discharge Te Anau’s effluent to the Upukerora River expired last Wednesday, but district mayor Gary Tong… Read more

Large turnout at sewerage open days

More than a hundred residents of Te Anau and Manapouri visited the Southland District Council’s Te Anau Wastewater Scheme Open Days over the weekend, taking the opportunity to air their concerns about the pipeline proposal. Representatives from Southland District Council and engineering firm Montgomery Watson Harza (MWH) took questions – some heated – and ferried… Read more