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Bellbird, Lake Manapouri, Fiordland New Zealand.
Permission granted from phoographert/Fairfax NZ. Sign by Ray Willett

A Brief Timeline

15 Nov 2013: Environment Southland posts notice on its website:
The Southland District Council (SDC) has applied for permits to
spray sewage onto land, and to discharge sewage odour into

the air. (Land location: Kepler Block next to the local airport.)

14 Feb 2014: Final date for people to send in a submission.
14 July 2014: Joint Hearing held in Te Anau.
18 July 2014: Hearing adjourned by commissioners. Further
. . .research to be carried out by SDC and results to be peer
. . .reviewed and sent to submitters for comment.

Aug 2014:
Organization formed: .Fiordland Sewerage Options Inc.
Email contact: . teanausewage@gmail.com
Facebook: . www.facebook.com/fsoptions

17 Nov 2014: Hearing x3 days resumes.
20 Nov 2014: Hearing over. Decision to be released Jan 2015
23 Jan 2015: Decision released. Consents granted.


The Hearing decision is available on the Environment Southland website. Consent is granted subject to conditions. Report: Hearing Decision

1. Decision on Resource Consent Applications. Consent is granted to Southland District Council as follows:

(a) Discharge Permit No. 302625: To discharge treated wastewater onto land from the Te Anau wastewater treatment plant, via
a spray irrigation system, onto land known as the Kepler Block legally described as Lot 2 DP 410687 subject to the conditions...

(b) Discharge Permit to Air No. 302625A: To discharge contaminants to air, namely odour and spray drift, arising from the
irrigation of treated wastewater authorised by Discharge Permit 302625, subject to the conditions...

2. Recommendations to Southland District Council on Notice of Requirement

We recommend that the SDC confirm the Notice of Requirement for Designation D80 by the Water and Waste Services Division
of the Council to designate land for public utility purposes on Lot 2 DP 410687, subject to the modifications and conditions...

FSO Inc. Committee

The Kepler Block land is adjacent to the Te Anau-Manapouri Airport approximately 19 kms from Te Anau, 4 kms from Manapouri
township and less than 1 km from nearby homes.


Area surrounding the airport when flooded, photo taken 1980's.

1980's flooding at Manapouri Airport


Download Application, (320 pages) 26 MB


Presentations at the July 2014 Hearing:

        . .       ..
        . Jacob Smyth: Fish & Game Submissions Chairman, Manapouri CDA       . SDC, Designation 80, Public Utility SDC's proposal to re-zone the Kepler Block land
        . .       .
        . Ruth Shaw: Submission to Hearing Manapouri area resident      

. SDC, Designation 80, Public Utility Submissions objecting to re-zoning.

        . .       . .
        . John Hardcastle, Submission to Hearing Manapouri area resident       . Summary of re-zoning submissions.
        . .       . , ,.

. .SDC's Resource Consent
. ..Application. 320 Pages

        .. .Fiordland Advocate: 14 Feb 2013         . Documents Pre-Hearing sent to submitters June 2014
                        . from SDC and its lawyers, prior to the July Hearing.