Nats use EPA to de-protect Horokiri Stream to build a motorway on it

OK, how bad can it get. Currently Horokiri, Ration and Pauatahanui Streams near Porirua are strongly protected under the Wellington Regional Freshwater Plan. And for good reason – they are the home of a lot of endangered New Zealand fish. 

But these streams and their gullies are also the proposed route for Transmission Gully motorway from Porirua to Kapiti. 

So you guessed it. The Nats are moving to de-protect these stream so they can build the motorway on them. 

They are doing this by rushing through a plan change using the Environmental Protection Agency

So to recap, the Govt is using the Environmental Protection Agency to remove protection from endangered New Zealand fish habitat so that we can build a motorway on it, with the resulting increase in greenhouse emissions. 

George Orwell eat your heart out. 

The EPA are asking for submissions. I suggest you tell them what you think while having no illusions about Nats intentions. 

NOTE: Below is an extract from the NZ Transport Agency application to the EPA with the proposed changes to the Regional Freshwater Plan in bold : 

Regional Freshwater Plan Chapter 4 – General Objectives and Policies

  

4.2.10 To avoid adverse effects on wetlands, and lakes and rivers and their margins, identified in Appendix 2 (Parts A and B), (with the exception of the Transmission Gully Project and its effects on the Horokiri, Ration and lower Pauatahanui Streams where Policy 4.2.33A applies), when considering the protection of their natural character from the adverse effects of subdivision, use, and development. 

4.2.33A To allow adverse effects of the development of the Transmission Gully Project, which are more than minor, provided:

  

(1) Adverse effects are avoided to the extent practicable; 

(2) Adverse effects which cannot be avoided are remedied to the extent practicable; 

(3) Adverse effects which cannot be avoided or remedied are mitigated to the extent practicable; 

(4) Adverse effects which cannot practicably be avoided, remedied or mitigated are offset. 

 

7 thoughts on “Nats use EPA to de-protect Horokiri Stream to build a motorway on it

  1. ““Adverse effects which cannot practicably be avoided, remedied or mitigated are offset.” actually mean in practice”

    ‘Practicable’ means ‘cheap’, ‘offset’ means ‘PR stunt’.

  2. I believe that the big question is what will “Adverse effects which cannot practicably be avoided, remedied or mitigated are offset.” actually mean in practice, and how will this be enforced (if at all)?

    And who gets to decide what is “practicable”?

    Trevor.

  3. The Nats are not “moving to de-protect these streams” as you state. The Minister only approved the fast track process (5 months ago by the way). The Environment Court will still decide whether the amendments sought by NZTA (a crown entity not the Nats) achieve the tests of the RMA.

    Get your facts straight. At present your comments are hysterical and inaccurate.

  4. Valis may be correct. And succint.

    On the other hand, this is one of those projects where almost any argument against is going to get trampled under foot…

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