Threat to Parapara River, Golden Bay


Andrew Goodge has pointed out a proposed hydro scheme on the Parapara river in Golden Bay. The Parapara is the third largest river after the Aorere and Takaka rivers, and is one of few easily accessible, higher grade sections in the Tasman region. Water would be taken at the head of the Parapara Gorge at Richmond Flat. It would be diverted via a tunnel and pipeline into the Glen Gyle catchment and generate up to 1.5MW. The land has reserve status and is owned by the Department of Conservation but falls outside Kahurangi National Park. Parapara Hydroelectric Energy Ltd. will hold a public meeting on July 18 to discuss the plans before applying to the Tasman District Council for resource consents.