History - sewerage project
Te Anau Community Board (TACB) instruct Southland
District Council to investigate a site location for Te
Investigations result in the selection of the Kepler
Block of land near the town of Manapouri as the sewerage
Kepler Block location: 18 kms from Te
Anau, 4 kms from Manapouri, less than 1 km from
and is adjacent to property SDC bought in 2002 from
the Mt Cook Airline.
At the outset of the sewerage
investigations TACB formed an
Infrastructure Working Group (IWG),
but did not notify, advise, or include
Manapouri representatives in the group.
2008: SDC purchase land at the
Kepler Block. Manapouri residents are informed that the
land is purchased
in order to build a new airport. Airport Resource Consent
is granted. Airport completed 2009.
Nov 2012: SDC publish
the "Proposed District Plan." Included in the
Plan, SDC lodge a recommendation for the
Kepler Block land to be designated as a Public Utility (for
the discharge of sewerage).. . Designation
Note: SDC, as the authoritative body,
would be ruling on their own recommendation (above).
decision is made by SDC, the designation requirement
is to be heard by an Independent Commmission. *
Once the designation is in place it
exempts SDC from applying for further resource
consents, even if
the activity contravenes a rule in the "District
Feb 25th 2013:
Deadline for public to send in a submission on the
District Plan. Manapouri area residents who
notice the re-zoning item, send in submissions opposing
the land re-classification. . Submissions
- Designation 80
Nov 15th 2013:
Environment Southland post a notice on their website: . Notice
Application from SDC for
permits to spray sewerage from Te Anau
onto land at the Kepler Block, and to discharge sewerage
odour into the air
Dec 2013: Manapouri area residents
who sent in submissions opposing the re-zoning of the
Kepler Block land,
are advised that the above Application for sewerage
discharge has been filed.
Manapouri area residents hold a
meeting to inform the community
about the sewerage issues and they go door-to-door
Jan 2014: SDC hosts two Open Days.
Several residents complain that they are seeing details
of the sewerage plans
for the first time. A SDC official explained that due to
an office error the plans were not delivered to PO Boxes.
Feb 14th 2014: Final date
for the public to send in a submission on the sewerage
July 1st 2014: Te
Anau and Manapouri residents meet and form a core
group of people to address their concerns
regarding the proposed sewerage scheme.
July 14th 2014: Hearing
held in Te Anau. SDC's recommendation to designate the
Kepler Block as a Public Utility,
is to be ."jointly heard" .along with their Resource Consent
July 18th 2014:. The Joint Hearing is.adjourned by commissioners. Further
research is to be carried out by SDC,
the results to be peer reviewed and sent to submitters
Oct 10th 2014: New
information due to be sent to people who "spoke"
on their submissions at the July 14th Hearing.
Nov 17th 2014: Hearing
resumes. Hearing ends Nov 20thth
2014: Decision from commissioners due January
Jan 23rd 2015: Decision
letter released, consents granted to SDC by the
2015: Fiordland Sewerage Options Inc., start
the appeal process to the Environment