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Open Country Dairy Ltd - Waharoa

This application has been publicly notified.


Status of application

The application is currently being processed. 

About the proposal

Open Country Dairy Limited (OCD) has lodged one application with two activities with Waikato Regional Council for resource consents. Currently OCD have resource consents to discharge treated wastewater to the Waitoa River at Factory Road, Waharoa, and to discharge wastewater to land. The consent to discharge to the Waitoa River will expire soon, hence a replacement consent is sought along with a new consent to discharge odour to air.

The application is summarised as follows:

  • A high standard of treatment to allow for a year round discharge of wastewater to the river, and cessation of the current discharge to land;
  • A discharge to air focusing on the systems and processes to avoid odorous discharges.

Resource consent applications

Application 140518 was lodged on 15 March 2019.

This application includes an assessment of environmental effects. Activities are as follows:


Activity 1: 140518.01.01


 Discharge treated wastewater to water


Activity 2: 140518.02.01

 Discharge to air from a wastewater treatment plant

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.

If you have further questions or would like more information about this application, please contact Jennifer Matthys at Waikato Regional Council (0800 800 402).

Resource consent application and assessment of environmental effects (AEE)

The consent application lodged with Waikato Regional Council is:

The consent application:

RC Appln - Discharge Permit - Factory Road, Waharoa - APP140518 [PDF, 18 MB]

Request for further information:

NZ1-16086341-Open Country Dairy Waharoa - Acknowledgement and Request for Further Information [PDF, 232 KB]

Further information: 

APP140518 - Open Country Dairy Section 92(1) Formal Response [PDF, 239 KB]

Letter - Waharoa WWTP - Response to WRC Air Quality Information Requests [PDF, 983 KB]

Babbage Response - Including appendices [PDF, 8.3 MB]

BPO technical responses - including draft Wastewater Management Plan [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Freshwater Solutions Ltd technical responses and appendices [PDF, 13 MB]

Appendix B - Proposed consent conditions [PDF, 368 KB]


How to make a submission 

Any person may make a submission on the above applications, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to which the application relates that
(a) Adversely affects the environment; and
(b) Does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.

You may make a submission by sending a written submission to Waikato Regional Council, Private Bag 3038, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240 or electronically to

The submission must be on form 13. Copies of this form are available from Waikato Regional Council or our website:

Submissions close 30th July 2019.

This application can be viewed at:

Hamilton Office
401 Grey Street
Hamilton East

You must serve a copy of your submission to the applicant via the address of service below as soon as reasonably practicable after serving your submission on Waikato Regional Council;

Open Country Dairy Limited
PO Box 11 159
Auckland 1542