The Bay of Plenty Regional Council has announced it has
accepted a resource consent application to leave the Rena on
The application was lodged by the Astrolabe Community Trust,
on behalf of the ship's owners.
Opponents will now have the opportunity to make formal
submissions on why they believe the wreck and its debris
should be permanently removed.
The regional council released a statement this afternoon
stating it had accepted the trust's application and invited
people to make submissions from Friday, June 13.
Deputy chief executive of the regional council Eddie Grogan
said: "Due to the importance of this process to the people of
the Bay of Plenty we have decided to double the normal period
for submissions from 20 working days to 40 working days.
"This means people will have until Friday 8 August to file
their submissions," Mr Grogan said.
The council has established the website www.renaresourceconsent.org.nz
to provide all interested people with information on the
process, including the application itself.
"The role of the Regional Council in this process is to
receive any application for a resource consent and facilitate
submissions by all interested members of the public,
including iwi, community and interest groups, local
government organisations and the residents of all affected
communities," Mr Grogan said.
"At this time we have no preferred position on the future of
the wreck and we are keen to hear the views of everyone with
an interest in the Rena.
"Bay of Plenty Regional Council will now go through the
process of publicly notifying the application and this means
that on Friday 13 June we will be calling for submissions.
The owner of the Rena has indicated it intends to request
that the application is directly referred to the Environment
Court and if that occurs, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council
will still receive submissions and will assist the
Environment Court in its considerations.
Mr Grogan said the website www.renaresourceconsent.org.nz
has been established to provide information on the resource
consent process and to guide those interested through the
process if they wish to make a submission.
"The council's objective is to be an open, transparent and
excellent source of quality information to people interested
in the resource consent process," Mr Grogan said.