RM160044 – Nova Energy – Resource Consent Application

Proposed Waikato Power Plant


Nova Energy and Transpower Notified Applications update 27 April 2017

The combined hearing by Otorohanga District Council and Waikato Regional Council to hear applications from Nova Energy Ltd and Transpower for the establishment of a gas fired power station was held in Otorohanga on 29 and 30 March. The formal hearing proceedings have now concluded and the independent commissioners have released their combined decision on all the consents ( Nova Energy) and a recommendation on the notice of requirement (Transpower).

The decision can be viewed here [PDF, 3.4 MB]

Andrew Loe
Environmental Services Manager



The application documents are made up of an Assessment of Environmental Effects, Appendices and a number of technical reports. This information are provided in .pdf format below. 

Nova Energy Assessment of Environmental Effects Report  [PDF, 4.2 MB]

Nova Energy - Appendix A (Drawings and Photographs) [PDF, 7.5 MB]

Nova Energy - Appendix B (Landscape and Visual Assessment Simulations) [PDF, 5.8 MB]

Nova Energy - Appendix C (Draft Erosion and Sediment Control Plan) [PDF, 2.7 MB]

Technical Report - Archaeological Assessment of Effects [PDF, 3.2 MB]

Technical Report - Assessment of Noise Effects [PDF, 884 KB]

Technical Report - Preliminary Geotechnical Appraisal Report [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Technical Report - Stream Ecology Assessment [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Technical Report - Technical Assessment of Discharges to Air [PDF, 6.9 MB]

Technical Report - Terrestrial Ecology Report WPP [PDF, 1.3 MB]

Technical Report - Transport Assessment [PDF, 1.9 MB]

Technical Report - Waikato Power Station Landscape Assessment  [PDF, 231 KB]


The Otorohanga District Council has received a resource consent application from Nova Energy Ltd to establish and operate a 360MW Power Station on land legally described as Section 75 Block XVI Pirongia Survey District (CFR: SA48D/748), 869 Kawhia Road.

The Otorohanga District Council has assessed the application and determined that it is to be processed on a limited notified basis.

Pursuant to Section 96(4) of the Resource Management Act 1991 any person who has been served with formal notice of this application has the right to lodge a submission with Council in relation to it.

Submissions must be made in writing to the Otorohanga District Council at P.O Box 11, Otorohanga 3940, and must include the following information:

  1. Your name, postal address and telephone number
  2. Details of the application including the name of the applicant, the address of the subject site and what the application is for.
  3. Whether you support, oppose or are neutral to the application
  4.  The reasons for your submission
  5.  The decision you wish Council to make
  6.  Whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission (i.e. whether you wish to speak at the hearing).


The closing date for receipt of submissions will be Monday 17 October 2016.  Any submissions received after 5pm on this date may not be accepted by Council.

Submissions may only be made by those people directly served with notice of the application. No submissions will be accepted from any other person or organisation.

You are also required to send a copy of your submission to the applicant, whose address for service is:

Nova Energy Limited
C/- Mitchell Partnerships Ltd
P.O Box 331642
New Zealand

Attn: Richard Matthews