Hurunui and Waiau River regional plan appealed

Kayakers on Hurunui River: Photo: Tony Ward-Holmes.
The proposed Hurunui and Waiau River Regional Plan has been appealed to the Christchurch High Court by multiple parties including the Hurunui Water Project (HWP), Amuri Irrigation Company and North Canterbury Fish & Game Council. Of most concern, HWP seeks to remove the prohibition on damming the Hurunui mainstem and South Branch. Amuri Irrigation is seeking changes to minimum flows and raises concerns regarding the impact of new irrigation with respect to established farming activities. Fish & Game argue that the nitrogen load limits increased under the plan do not safeguard the life-supporting processes in the Hurunui river.