Address for service:
11-15 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North
Further enquiries:

Enquiries regarding the application can be made to Jasmine Mitchell , Senior Consents Planner



Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council – Regulatory Team (MWRC) has received a suite of applications from Department of Conservation for the upgrade and operation of the Whakapapa Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

General information

Application details

Resource consents are being sought from Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council for the following activities:
Discharge Permit to treat and store wastewater and the associated discharge of treated wastewater to land: To discharge treated wastewater that may enter into land via seepage from the floor and walls of the tertiary treatment pond.
Discharge Permit to discharge treated wastewater to land which may enter water: To discharge treated wastewater to land from a constructed wetland via an infiltration area.
Discharge Permit to discharge aerosols and odour to air: The discharge of aerosols and odour to air associated with the receipt, treatment and storage of wastewater within the Whakapapa Wastewater Treatment facilities.
Discharge Permit to discharge treated wastewater to water: To discharge treated wastewater to water being an unnamed tributary of the Wairere Stream as an emergency discharge during extreme weather events exceeding a 1 in 100-year rainfall event.
A term of 28 Years is sought for all consents. 

To view a copy of the application please click here.

Application can be viewed

In person

Full copies of the applications can be viewed at Council’s offices or the applicants office:
Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council

  • Horizons Regional Council, 11-15 Victoria Avenue, Palmerston North, during the hours of Monday to Friday 8.15am – 4.45pm.

Department of Conservation Offices

  • Department of Conservation office situated at 37 Motutaiko Street, Taupō, during the hours of 8.30 am to 4.30 pm; or online at
  • Department of Conservation Whakapapa Office situated at Whakapapa Village, State Highway 48, Mount Ruapehu, during the hours of 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
  • Department of Conservation Turangi Office situated at 69 The Mall, Turangi during the hours of 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.


You can also request a copy of the application from the Consents Department of the Manawatu-Whanganui Regional Council via email

Other information


Public submissions can be received up until June 16, 2017 4:45 PM

If you wish to comment in any way on the proposal you need to make a submission. The submission form can be downloaded here or obtained from council offices. 

The submission must include:

  1. Details of the applications in respect of which you are making the submission;
  2. Your name, postal address, telephone number, fax number and email address (if applicable);
  3. Whether you support or oppose the applications;
  4. Whether you wish to be heard in respect of the submission;
  5. The reasons for making the submission and the decision you wish the consent authority to make;
  6. Be dated and signed by the person making the submission; and
  7. A copy of every submission must be served on the applicant and the Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council at the addresses below.
Department of Conservation                                      
PO Box 528                                                                 
Taupo 3330                                                                 
 Attention Tamzin Moore

Regulatory Authority:
Manawatū-Whanganui Regional Council
Private Bag 11025
Manawatū Mail Centre
Palmerston North 4442

Attention: Regulatory Administrator