File Ref: 1/2/WCL
Land Use Consent – Gravel – 106561
Webb Contracting Limited
take gravel from the Ohau River
SUBJECT TO THE ATTACHED CONSENT CONDITIONS
Address for activity
Ohau River, downstream of Triplows Point, to
State Highway 1 bridge.
Riverbed, Lot 1 DP 14364, Pt Muhunoa, Ohau 3,
11D, Muhunoa 1B1B, Pt Muhunoa 2, Pt Sec 36
Blk V Waiopehu SD.
14840/133.10, 14840/196.06, 14840/194.02.
Between NZTopo50 BN33:919-947 (E1791972
Details of Resource Consent
29 August 2013
1 July 2018
Replacing consent number
5,000 cubic metres per year (5,000 m3/year)
25,000 cubic metres for the duration of this
For the reasons reported below, the Regulatory Manager of the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council
Webb Contracting Limited under sections 104, 104B and 108 of the Resource Management Act 1991 to
take gravel from the Ohau River, downstream of Triplows Point, to State Highway 1 bridge for a term of
5 years expiring on 1 July 2018.
Richard Munneke REGULATORY MANAGER
29 August 2013
REASON FOR THE DECISION
The application has been assessed by Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s Design
Engineer, Jon Bell and Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s Research Associate, Manas
Mr Bell notes that while the mean bed level of the reach has fluctuated over time, there has
been no serious lowering of the level of the river. As the proposed volume of gravel is a
continuation of the previous consent, he has noted that this volume will be at a sustainable rate.
In addition, the Ohau River Gravel Resource Study recommends that the current rates of gravel
extraction in this reach are maintained as it appears to balance the rate at which gravel is
deposited in this reach. He recommends that the extraction is directed more evenly through the
reach to ensure that there is not significant localised degradation. A condition of consent is
recommended to ensure this occurs. Based on Mr Bell’s assessment, I consider the effects of
the proposed extraction on the levels of the riverbed to be no more than minor.
Mr Chakraborty notes that in addition to the zone wide surface water values, this reach of the
Ohau River is mapped as Site of Significance – Aquatic, Site of Significance – Riparian, Trout
Fishery (locally significant), Trout Spawning, and Flood Control. The effects of the proposed
extraction are considered to be no more than minor on these values should the applicant take
care to manage the activity. Consent conditions have been recommended to protect these
The proposed extraction is consistent with the relevant Objectives and Policies of the Regional
Policy Statement, the Proposed One Plan (2010) and the Regional Plan for the Beds of Rivers
and Lakes and Associated Activities.
The proposed extraction is consistent with the relevant provisions of the Resource Management
The proposed volume of gravel extraction is with the gravel allocation framework of the
Proposed One Plan (2010).
Sara Cook CONSENTS PLANNER
Beds of Rivers Conditions
The consent holder shall undertake the activity in general accordance with the consent
application including all accompanying plans and documents first lodged with Manawatu-
Wanganui Regional Council on 7 December 2012, and further information received:
18 June 2013 via letter being an amended map showing the reach.
Where there may be inconsistencies between information provided by the applicant and
conditions of the resource consent, the conditions of the resource consent apply. Advice Note:
Any change from the location, design concepts and parameters,
implementation and/or operation may require a new resource consent or a change of
consent conditions pursuant to section 127 of the Resource Management Act 1991. Advice Note:
Any contractor or third party who is responsible for undertaking activities
authorised by this consent should be shown a copy and made aware of these consent
The gravel extraction activity authorised by this Land Use Consent shall be restricted to the
Ohau River, from downstream of Triplows Point, to the State Highway 1 bridge between
approximate map references NZTopo50 BN33:919-947 and NZTopo50 BN33:895-953
(E1789514 N5495329 as shown on Plan C106561A
attached to and forming part of this
The total annual volume of material that may be extracted and removed from the reach of
the Ohau River under this Land Use Consent shall not exceed 5000 cubic metres per year,
and 25000 cubic metres over the duration of this consent.
No extraction of gravel shall take place within 300 metres of the railway bridge located at
map reference NZTopo50 BN33:895-953.
Site management Conditions
All machinery, pumps, generators and ancillary equipment shall be operated in a manner,
which ensures spillages of fuel, oil and other contaminants are prevented from entering a
water body or overland flow path. Particularly during refuelling and machinery servicing or
The consent holder shall not operate machinery within the flowing channel of the Ohau
River except for river crossings, which shall be kept to a minimum and located at the
upstream end of riffles. No river crossings shall occur between 1 May and 1 September
(inclusive). Advice Note:
is a short, relatively shallow and rocky-bedded length of stream over
which the stream flows at higher velocity and higher turbulence than it normally does in
comparison to a pool.
Ecological and Flood Protection values
Any discharge of sediment into water must not, after reasonable mixing, cause any
conspicuous change in the colour of water in the receiving water or any change in
horizontal visibility greater than 30% change in visual clarity, at all times.
: Reasonable mixing is defined as seven times the bed width.
The consent holder shall ensure that any materials, machinery or equipment from the
activities authorised by this consent (including any temporary structures), shall:
not be stored in or on the bed of the Ohau River;
be removed after completion of the activity; and
are disposed of in an appropriate manner where it will not adversely affect the
stream channel or impede the flow of water.
: ‘Materials’ include stockpiles, mounds, depressions, trees/vegetation,
excavated material, holes or surplus materials
The consent holder shall ensure that between 1 August and 31 December
gravel extraction and bed disturbance on gravel beaches as defined on Plan C106561A
attached to and forming part of this consent shall only take place:
within seven days following a flood of the area that is subject of the activity; or
where the extraction or disturbance commenced at the same location prior to 1
August and have not been interrupted for more than seven days.
If undertaking works during this period the consent holder shall contact the Department of
Conservation two days prior to commencing work in an area to ensure the works will not
disturb known nesting sites.
: The Department of Conservation can be contacted on 06 350 9700 for
advice on dotterel nesting sites.
During the period 1 March to 30 November
, excavation, disturbance and removal works
authorised by this consent shall be restricted to the hours of 7.00 am to 6.30 pm weekdays
and 7.30 am to 1.00 pm on Saturdays. No excavation is authorised on any Saturday after
1.00 pm, Sunday or Public Holiday.
During the period 1 December to 28 February
excavation, disturbance and removal works
authorised by this Land Use Consent shall be restricted to the hours of 7.00 am to 5.00 pm
weekdays, with no excavation authorised on any weekend or Public Holiday during this
Gravel Extraction Conditions
Any erosion, scour or instability of the stream bed or banks that is attributable to the gravel
extraction carried out as part of this consent is remedied by the consent holder within 10 working days.
On completion of any excavation sequence, the beach shall be left well shaped, tapering
uniformly from the water’s edge to the river bank.
The consent holder shall undertake all excavation in narrow strips aligned parallel to the
main flow of the River, commencing from the downstream end of the work area and moving
upstream. No excavation or removal of material shall take place in the active flowing
channel or below a height of 300 millimetres above the water level existing in the Ohau
River channel at the time of excavation, nor shall there be any excavation of the adjacent
The consent holder shall contact the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s
Environmental Protection Manager at least two working days
prior to the commencement
of the activities authorised by this Consent and within two working days
of completion of
The Environmental Protection Manager can be contacted at the following
number 0508 800 800, or at [email address].
The consent holder shall contact the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s Area
Engineer – Southern at least two working days prior to the commencement of extraction
activities at the site, to be advised of what sites are to be worked, the volumes to be
removed and the beach shape required. Advice note:
The Area Engineer – Southern can be contacted at the following number
0508 800 800.
The consent holder shall supply to Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s Regulatory
Manager, within 10 working days
after the end of each month commencing 1 September
a record of all material excavated from the bed of the Ohau River during that month, stating
the volumes removed from the beaches prior to any stockpiling. If no material has been
excavated, a “nil” return shal be provided.
For the purposes of this consent, the volume may be stated as the number of
truck loads and the capacity of the truck.
In the event of an archaeological site, waahi tapu or koiwi being discovered or disturbed
during the activities authorised by these consents, the consent holder shall immediately
cease further work and inform the local iwi, Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Inc and the
Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s Environmental Protection Manager. Further work
at the site shall be suspended while iwi carry out their procedures for removal of taonga.
The Manawatu-Wanganui Regional Council’s Environmental Protection Manager wil advise
the consent holder when work at the site may recommence.
In the event that human remains are found the police should be contacted
immediately and all works shall cease until advice is given that works can recommence.
A Muaūpoko Tribal Authority Inc representative can be contacted, at the
time of granting of these consents, on the following numbers: 06 367 3311.
At the time of granting this consent the Manawatu-Wanganui Regional
Council’s Environmental Protection Manager can be contacted on 0508 800 800.