Con­vic­tions for in­let works

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Roil Con­tract­ing Ltd and Pa­trick Roil have been con­victed and fined $60,000 for stream recla­ma­tion works in the Pau­ata­hanui In­let.

Mr Roil and RCL had pleaded guilty to charges laid by Greater Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil un­der the Resource Man­age­ment Act 1991.

GWRC laid three charges against each party in De­cem­ber 2010 al­leg­ing about 60 me­tres of the stream had been re­claimed and smoth­ered with clean­fill and non-clean­fill ma­te­rial, caus­ing it to be di­verted and be­come laden with sed­i­ment.

The stream is an un­named trib­u­tary of the Pau­ata­hanui Stream within the Pau­ata­hanui catch­ment, an area de­fined in the re­gional fresh­wa­ter plan as hav­ing a high de­gree of nat­u­ral char­ac­ter. An abate­ment no­tice was is­sued, re­quir­ing RCL to rem­edy the en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­fects of the recla­ma­tion which re­sulted in an ap­pli­ca­tion for resource con­sent. These works are not yet com­plete.

In de­liv­er­ing her de­ci­sion, En­vi­ron­ment Court judge Kelly noted the par­ties’ guilty pleas, co-op­er­a­tion and lack of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

GWRC en­vi­ron­ment reg­u­la­tion man­ager Alis­tair Cross urged landown­ers and con­trac­tors to get in touch with GWRC con­sents and com­pli­ance staff for advice on works and con­sent re­quire­ments.

‘‘The Pau­ata­hanui catch­ment where these recla­ma­tion works were un­der­taken is one of high eco­log­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance and war­rants care­ful man­age­ment and pro­tec­tion. Though we are pleased site re­me­di­a­tion is now in progress, the par­ties were aware that they needed resource con­sent be­fore un­der­tak­ing the works and could have avoided this sit­u­a­tion.’’

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