Consent has been sought to irrigate the Hawea Flat property
that was the subject of a recent Environment Court dispute
between the farming and conservation communities.
Zeva Holdings Ltd has applied to the Queenstown Lakes
District Council to construct four centre pivot irrigators
covering about 176ha of land next to the Clutha River, north
of the Luggate Bridge.
The Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand
obtained an Environment Court interim order against Zeva
Holdings director Dougal Innes in March, temporarily
preventing him from further clearance and discing work on his
That order was subsequently cancelled by the court and Mr
Innes was free to proceed with cultivation, despite Forest
and Bird's concerns about the potential loss of important
indigenous vegetation on the site.
Mr Innes' consent application outlines several measures to
mitigate his irrigation system's adverse effects outside the
site, including a maximum pivot tower height of 4.5m, no
lights on the top of the pivots' base, having the pivots
parked away from the boundary when not in use and preventing
water from being applied to a neighbouring property.
A bore consent has already been granted and a water take
consent application is under way.
The owners of the 1800ha farm neighbouring Mr Innes' property
have lodged another consent application for their dairying
Devon Dairy Farms director Jim Cooper wants approval to
excavate a 35,000cu m irrigation water storage pond beside an
existing pond, which would be gravity-fed by an existing
The 3m-deep pond is expected to take up to two years to
excavate and cover 1.645ha.
Recent resource consent applications from the Upper Clutha
high country farming fraternity include Jerry Bell's proposal
to create four lots with building platforms at Criffel
Station and to relocate an existing farm cottage; Glendhu
Holdings Ltd's plans to hold events in the Glendhu Station
woolshed; and the intention to subdivide Lake Hawea's Glen
Dene Station into two separate stations.
Also in the latest round of consent applications received by
the council was Roys Peninsula landowner Andrew Grant's
proposed 10km of tracks on his property for walking and pest
control purposes and a 270sq m extension of the Wanaka Lakes
Health Centre building on Cardrona Valley Rd