Water Conservation Order - Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers

The EPA publicly notified an application for a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the Ngaruroro and Clive rivers in July 2017. In 2019 the special tribunal granted a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the upper Ngaruroro river (but declining for the lower part) - this is subject to appeal.

A WCO requires a waterbody to be managed in its natural state. HortNZ did not appeal the decision. But the decision was appealed by a number of parties, seeking that Water Conservation Order also apply to the lower Ngaruroro river.

HortNZ joined the appeal in support of Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. HortNZ’s primary concern is that we do not support a Water Conservation Order being applied to the lower river.

The Environment Court hearing has concluded, we are awaiting the decision.