Discharge of Untreated Wastewater to Porirua Harbour

Brian Warburton made this Official Information request to Wellington Regional Council

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From: Brian Warburton

Dear Wellington Regional Council,

In relation to a LGOIMA request made to PCC on 27 July 2021, and subsequently transferred (in part) by PCC to GWRC, and in respect of a discharge of untreated wastewater to the Onepoto arm of Porirua Harbour on or about 18th and 20th July 2021.

1. In response to my request for a copy of correspondence about this event GWRC has decided to refuse my request "as release of the information would prejudice the maintenance of law". This refusal is contained in a letter from Mr A Cross (GM - Environment Group) dated 16/08/2021. As a consequence of this unequivocal response, I hereby request the following information:
(a) all information GWRC has used to come to the conclusive conclusion I've cited.

2. In his letter, Mr A Cross confirms that the wastewater discharge was not consented, and also that the unlawful discharge was (at that time) the subject of investigation with related collation of documents and correspondence by GWRC. In relation to this investigation by GWRC, I hereby request the following information:
(a) a copy of the documents and correspondence GWRC has collated; and,
(b) if GWRC has come to a conclusion about prosecution under the RMA, a copy of the document that records: what the conclusion was, who came to that conclusion, the date, the reasons why, and the document that records that the person making that conclusion has the required delegation under the RMA.
(c) if GWRC has not come to a conclusion about prosecution under the RMA, a copy of the document that records the reasons why a decision has not yet been made.

Yours faithfully,

Brian Warburton

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From: Bryn Masters
Wellington Regional Council

Acknowledgement of Request for Information under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act 1987


Thank you for your email dated 8 September 2021, requesting information
regarding a discharge of untreated wastewater to the Onepoto arm of
Porirua Harbour.


Your request is being followed-up and a reply will be sent to you within
20 working days of the request being received.


Yours sincerely,

Bryn Masters





Luke Troy



Greater Wellington Regional Council




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