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Rule 48 Placement of impermeable erosion protection structures

Rule 48 Placement of impermeable erosion protection structures

Updated 23 November 2012 11:23am

The placement of any impermeable rock groyne, rock rip rap, or gabion, which is an integral part of any Floodplain Management Plan or River Control Scheme that is fixed in, on, or under, the bed of any river or stream, including any associated:

  • disturbance of river bed; or
  • deposition on the river bed; or
  • diversion of water;

(1) which is not in a water body, identified by policy 4.2.10 (Appendix 2 -Water bodies with a high degree of natural character (click here for a pdf High Natural Character (2.5mb) )); and

(2) which extends into the available river bed width from the bank no more than whichever is the lesser of:

  • 10% of the width of the water body; or
  • 10 metres;

is a controlled activity provided that it complies with the standards and terms 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 operation, and no refuelling of equipment shall take place on any area of river or lake bed.

(2) Any excess material from the construction operation shall be removed from the river bed and disposed of in appropriate manner.

(3) In any part of the river or lake bed covered by water in any water body identified in Policy 4.2.14 (Appendix 4 - Water bodies with important trout habitat (click here for a pdf Important Trout Habitat (146k))), the activity shall not take place between 31 May and 31 August.


(1) The consent holder shall notify either the Manager, Consents Management, Wellington, or the Manager, Planning and Resources, Wairarapa, at least two working days before any work commences.

(2) A charge, set in accordance with section 36(2) of the Act, shall be paid to the Wellington Regional Council for carrying out its functions in relation to the administration, monitoring, and supervision of the activity, and for carrying out its functions under section 35 (duty to gather information, monitor and keep records) of the Act.


The matters over which the Wellington Regional Council shall exercise its control are:

(1) the duration of the consent; and

(2) the taking and supplying of samples; and

(3) the carrying out of measurements, samples, analyses, surveys, investigations, or inspections; and

(4) the provision of information to the consent authority at specified times; and

(5) compliance with monitoring, sampling and analysis conditions at the consent holder's expense; and

(6) the payment of administration charges; and

(7) any measures to avoid, remedy or mitigate adverse effects on habitats and species; and

(8) any measures to avoid, remedy, or mitigate adverse effects on flood or erosion hazards; and

(9) the extent and nature of the disturbance to, or deposition on, any river or lake bed; and

(10) The extent and nature of any diversion of water [; and

(11) the maintenance of structures.]

In Rule 48, clause (11) of the matters over which control shall be exercised was inserted by Decisions on Plan change 1 to the Regional Freshwater Plan December 2002