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Fonterra Ltd - Te Rapa milk processing site

This application has been publicly notified


Status of application

Publicly notified on 31 May 2018, submissions closed on 3 July 2018. The application is on hold while submissions are being considered.

Overall Waikato Regional Council received 5 submissions, of which 2 were supportive and 3 were opposed to the proposal.

The next step in the process involves the applicant organising pre-hearing meetings to try to reach some agreement and narrow down the issues. These meetings are expected to be scheduled in May 2019. A hearing date will be considered following the conclusion of these meetings.

About the proposal

Waikato Regional Council has received a suite of resource consent applications from Fonterra Ltd associated with its milk processing site at Te Rapa, Hamilton.

Resource consent applications

The consent applications lodged with Waikato Regional Council are:

AUTH137797.01.01 - Take up to 28,000 cubic metres per day of water from the Waikato River, at a maximum rate of 500 litres per second, with a net take (that is, the difference between the water take and the wastewater discharge back to the river) of up to 6000 cubic metres per day.

AUTH137797.05.01 - To discharge stormwater to a tributary (referred to as the Mitchell Drain) to the Waikato River.

AUTH137797.06.01 -  To discharge contaminants into the air from dairy manufacturing and ancillary activities including; dairy manufacturing plant and associated processes including drying of milk powder, operation of gas and diesel fired combustion plant, wastewater treatment plant; and other associated infrastructure.

AUTH137797.04.01 - To operate, maintain and upgrade outfall and erosion control structures in, on, under, and over the bed of the Waikato River.

AUTH137797.03.01 - Dam and divert water within the site wastewater & stormwater treatment system.

AUTH137797.02.01 - Discharge treated process wastewater, condensate, cooling water, and other wastewater associated with the manufacture of dairy products and stormwater to the Waikato River, including seepage to the ground from wastewater ponds where it may enter groundwater and/or the Waikato River.

Application information

Application information is available here for you to download and read. You can also obtain copies of this information by contacting us on our Resource Use Freephone 0800 800 402. Please let us know whether you would prefer this in hard copy or digital format.

The applications can also be viewed at Waikato Regional Council's Hamilton office on 401 Grey Street, Hamilton East (click here for location information).

If you have further questions or would like more information on this proposal, please contact Jennifer Mathys or Barry Campbell on 0800 800 402.

Resource consent application and assessment of environmental effects (AEE)

Resource consent application and assessment of environmental effects [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Appendix A - Certificates of title [PDF, 1 MB]

Appendix B - Proposed consent conditions [PDF, 222 KB]

Appendix C - Activity description [PDF, 2.9 MB]

Appendix D - Water balance report [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Appendix E -  Water take effects assessment [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Appendix F -  Waikato River effects assessment [PDF, 4.3 MB]

Appendix G -  Nutrient loads to Waikato River [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Appendix H - Upgrade options for discharges to surface water [PDF, 3.1 MB]

Appendix I - Alternative disposal options - wastewater irrigation [PDF, 2.1 MB]

Appendix J -  Air quality impact assessment [PDF, 7.3 MB] 

Appendix K - Assessment of economic benefits [PDF, 413 KB]

Appendix L - Planning assessment [PDF, 1.1 MB]

Appendix M - Consultation summary [PDF, 283 KB]


s92 response - September 2017 [PDF, 1.4 MB]

Beca - NZ1-14494451-Response to s92 request [PDF, 85 KB]

Cultural impact assessment [PDF, 5.1 MB]