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Water Conservation Order - Ngaruroro and Clive Rivers

In 2019 the special tribunal granted a Water Conservation Order (WCO) for the upper Ngaruroro river. The WCO required the upper river to be managed in its natural state.

HortNZ did not appeal the decision. But the decision was appealed by a number of parties. White Water Rafting NZ and Forest and Bird’s appeal sought that a Water Conservation Order also apply to the lower river.

HortNZ has 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 for this ended in June, we are awaiting the decision.