Tasman District Council's global gravel extraction consent application

Status: The applicant asked for the Council to suspend processing to provide more information on proposed gravel take envelopes.

Council's Engineering Services Department

Gravel extraction from rivers districtwide

Submissions closed: Friday 26 October 2018 at 4:30pm

Hearing date: we have not set a date yet.

Processing of application suspended by applicant: 20 December 2018

The Tasman District Council has received applications for resource consent as detailed below. 

You can view the application documents through the link at the bottom of this page.

What happens next

The next step usually involves going to a Hearing. At a Hearing the decision maker(s) considers the evidence from everyone, and submitters who wanted to be heard can explain in greater detail their submission. We do not have a date for the Hearing yet. 

If you made a submission and said you wanted to speak at the Hearing, we will email or write to you to tell you its date. When we let you know that date, we will also inform you exactly when the Council planner's recommendation on the application will be available on our website, which is at least 15 working days before the start of the Hearing. 

The applicant also has to give the Council their evidence 10 working days before the Hearing, and we will make it available to you via links from this web page.

If you are a submitter and you are getting technical specilalists (eg a planner or some other professional) to provide evidence to support your submission, we will need a copy of their expert evidence at least five working days before the start of the Hearing. 

If you are a submitter and have any questions, they can be emailed to the Council at rcadmin@tasman.govt.nz.

The Tasman District Council has received applications for resource consent as detailed below.  The applications and supporting information may be examined in the main office of the Council (Richmond), the Motueka Office, the Golden Bay Office and the Murchison Office during normal office hours.

A copy of the application documents can be downloaded through the link at the bottom of this page, or may be requested by contacting the Resource Consents Administration Officer at the Tasman District Council offices by email (rcadmin@tasman.govt.nz) or by phone (03 543 8400).

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

Districtwide - 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 has applied for the followng 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 specificlly 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.

Making a submission

Anyone can may make a submission.  Your submission must be in form 13(external link). Printed copies of the form are available at Council’s offices or on our website. Please use the reference number RM150369.

Download the form for Submission on Resource Consent Application (pdf, 36 KB) (pdf, 175 KB)

Send your electronic submission to the email rcadmin@tasman.govt.nz , or your written submission, marked for the attention of Resource Consents Administration, can be delivered by hand to any of our offices, or posted to: Tasman District Council, Private Bag 4, Richmond 7050.

We must receive your submission form no later than 4.30 pm on Friday 26 October 2018.

Applicant’s contact details and address for service

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  

While normally you must send a copy of your submission to the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable, in this instance we will make copies of all submissions received available for the Engineering Services Department (the applicant).

Application documents