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Resource Consent Application Number RM17-0507: AL and BJ Newsom Family Trust

Resource Management Act 1991

The following application for resource consent has been received by Bay of Plenty Regional Council. 

The application documents, including an assessment of environmental effects, can be viewed at Bay of Plenty Regional Council, 87 First Ave, Tauranga during normal office hours or on our website (  A copy of the application can be requested from the Regulatory Coordinators Team at Bay of Plenty Regional Council phone 0800 884 880.

Applicant's address for service

 Application Number RM17-0507 AL and BJ Newsom Family Trust. The applicant’s address is 619A Esdaile Road, RD 8, Tauranga 3180.

Nature of Application

The Applicant has applied for resource consents to take surface water from the Waipapa River for the purposes of a micro-hydro electricity generation scheme, and to undertake associated works in the bed of the river.

The location of the activity is 619A Esdaile Road, Tauranga 3180, which is approximately 7.5 kilometres west of Te Puna.

The activity involves installing above ground pipes on the applicant’s side of the river to divert water through a generator prior to returning the water to the river bed.  The intake channel will be located at the top of a small waterfall, and the return point will be below the waterfall and approximately 30 to 60 metres from the intake.

The proposed take from the river is 78 litres per second, and 6,739 cubic metres per day.  A take of 78 litres per second is expected to divert 50 percent of the estimated summer low flow of 155 litres per second.

For a copy of the advert, application documents and submission form please click here.


The legal description of the site is Lot 5 DP372163, BLK IX AONGATETE SD and the site is located at or about map reference NZMS NZTM 1862726.73E, 5823975.87N.


Any person may make a submission on the application by sending a written submission to Bay of Plenty Reginal Council at PO Box 364, Whakatāne, facsimile 0800 884 882, telephone 0800 884 880, no later than 5.00 p.m. on Monday, 6th November 2017.

The submission must be dated, signed by you and include:

1          Your name, postal address, telephone number and facsimile number (if applicable).

2          Details of the application, including location.

3          Whether you support or oppose the application.

4          Your reasons for the submission.

5          The decision you wish the Regional Council to make.

6          Whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission.

A submission template can be downloaded from our website or submission forms are available from our offices.

A copy of your submission must also be served on the applicant at the address given, as soon as reasonably practicable. 

Dated at Whakatane this 6th October 2017.

Mary-Anne Macleod

Chief Executive