Tasman District Council's global gravel extraction consent application

Status: The Heaing Commissioners granted the resource consents, with the decision notified on 10 March 2020.

Council's Engineering Services Department

Gravel extraction from rivers district-wide 

[last updated with amended decision / resource consents dated 30 March 2020]

The Hearing Commissioners granted the resource consents. You can see copies of the decision and the resource consent documentation below. 

If you are unable to access, download or print these documents, contact the Resource Consents Administration Officer at the Tasman District Council offices by email (resourceconsentadmin@tasman.govt.nz) or by phone (03 543 8400) and we can arrange for a hard copy to be available at one of our service centres.

Application details


Tasman District Council's Engineering Services Department.


This application covers the extraction of sand, gravel, and other material from the beds of rivers and other water bodies within Tasman District, but excludes all of the following:

  • Te Waikoropupū Springs,
  • All rivers within Abel Tasman National Park,
  • All 24 Significant Natural Areas listed in Schedule 18.1A of the Tasman Resource Management Plan,
  • All 22 Nationally or Internationally Important Natural Ecosystem Value Areas listed in
    Schedule 25D of the Tasman Resource Management Plan except the lower reaches of the Takaka River located within Area 13 (Waitapu Estuaries) and the Motueka River within Area 20 (Motueka Delta),
  • All waters listed in Schedule 1 (Waters to be retained in Natural State) of the Buller River Water Conservation Order 2001, and
  • All waters listed in Schedule 1 (Waters to be retained in Natural State) of the Motueka River Water Conservation Order 2004.

Legal description

District-wide - subject to specific exclusions.

Consent type, application number and proposal


This application seeks to replace the gravel extraction component of the District-wide resource consent for river works NN010109 held by the Tasman District Council.

The Council has the responsibilities of a Catchment Board under the Soil Conservation and River Control Act 1941 (SCRCA).  This application seeks various resource consents to be able to take gravel from riverbeds within Tasman District as part of those responsibilities, which are:

  • to protect the bed and banks of rivers from erosion or instability,
  • to maintain efficient movement of water and sediment down the river, or
  • to prevent or mitigate the adverse effects of flooding.

The application proposes that key sections of some rivers will be managed to keep their bed levels within defined levels. For the remainder, a defined decision-making process is proposed to ensure that any gravel extraction that occurs is the best practicable option for river management.

These types of consent are commonly referred to as ‘global’ consents. There will be two packages of consents for the Council’s river management activities - global river works, and global gravel extraction.  The river works consents were granted in September 2016. 

Link to the Tasman District Council - Global River Works Consent September 2016 (external link)

The applicant applied for the following resource consents:

Land use consent (RM150369)

Land use consent (under section 13 of the RMA) to extract sand, gravel, and other material from the beds of rivers in the Rural 1, 2 and 3, Open Space, Recreation, Conservation, and Rural Industrial zones (as defined by the Tasman Resource Management Plan), and to disturb beds of rivers within active flowing channels for the extraction of materials.

The sorting and / or crushing of extracted materials is specifically excluded.

Coastal permit to disturb the seabed / foreshore (RM150372)

Coastal permit to disturb riverbeds (as part of the foreshore and seabed) by extraction of sand, gravel and other material from rivers that are within the Coastal Marine Area.

Discharge of contaminants to water (RM150371)

Discharge and coastal permit to discharge sediment and other contaminants into water from activities carried out in the beds of rivers (as a result of the works described in RM150369 and RM150372).

Applicant’s contact details

The applicant's contact details are:

Tasman District Council - Engineering Services Department
Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050
FAO: Giles Griffith

Or email: giles.griffith@tasman.govt.nz  


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