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Rule 25 River crossings in intermittently flowing streams

Rule 25 River crossings in intermittently flowing streams

Updated 13 May 2015 12:36pm

The placement and use [including any associated;

  • disturbance of any river bed; or
  • deposition on the river bed; or
  • temporary diversion;]

of any river crossing [of a width necessary for the crossing, excluding any river crossing that dams a river,] that is fixed in, on, under, or over the bed of any intermittently flowing river or stream which;

(1) has a catchment area above the crossing of not more than:

  • 200 ha in any catchment in the Region on the eastern side of the Ruamahanga River; or
  • 50 ha in any catchment in the Region on the western side of the Ruamahanga River; and

(2) does not alter the natural course of the stream, including any diversion of water from the natural course during floods; and

(3) does not reduce the ability of the river to convey flood flows; and

(4) meets any requirements under the Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983 and the Building Act 1991;

is a permitted activity provided it complies with the conditions specified below.


(1) No contaminants (including but not limited to oil, petrol, diesel, paint, or solvent) shall be released to water from equipment being used for the construction of the river crossing and no refuelling of equipment shall take place on any area of river or lake bed.

(2) All material used during construction, but which is not part of the river crossing shall be removed from the river or stream bed and disposed of in an appropriate manner.

(3) All reasonable steps shall be taken to minimise the release of sediment to water during construction.

(4) The river crossing shall be maintained so that there is no accumulation of debris.

In Rule 25, the words in square brackets were substituted for the original wording by Decisions on Plan change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002