Tribunal recommends amending Nevis WCO to prohibit dam


The Special Tribunal appointed to consider Fish & Game New Zealand’s application to amend the Water Conservation (Kawarau) Order 1997 in respect of the Nevis River has recommended that the amendment be granted but the amendments confined to recognition of the outstanding value of the Gollum galaxiid. The Special Tribunal’s recommendation has the effect of prohibiting damming or diversion of the river, blocking Pioneer Generation’s plans for a 40MW hydro dam. Despite strong arguments from Whitewater NZ regarding the outstanding recreation amenity of the Nevis river the Tribunal did not agree that the Nevis is outstanding for kayaking.