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Project three - Re-consenting, then upgrades to the Takapau Wastewater System


The Takapau Wastewater Treatment Plant has a consent expiring in October 2021. The plant performs to reasonable standard however requires some improvements. It has a basic oxidation pond treatment and currently discharges to the Makaretu River via a wetland, however Council has heard from the community that there is an appetite to explore a land-based discharge system.

Existing Wastewater Network

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 Proposed Future Network:

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A new consent was lodged at the end of April 2021. This is a 35 year consent to establish a land based discharge regime. Once the consent is granted, which could take approx. 6 months, it will see the implementation of improved treatment and an initial land-based discharge system. Further stages within 5 years will see additional storage added and the land based system increased to ultimately cease all discharge to the Makaretu River within 5 years.


Council held a long term plan community meeting on Tuesday 24th March - well attended by approx. 20 community members where an update on the wastewater project was presented.

The project is on track and the new long term consent application is planned to be lodged with Hawkes Bay Regional Council by 30th April 2021.

A copy of the presentation delivered can be found here.

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Council have just finished an Inlet works upgrade to Takapau Wastewater treatment plant to better measure inflow into the pond and outflow and ensure anything coming in was screened. This project involved upgraded inlet works with a screen and flow meter, upgrading the outlet flow meter and the installation of monitoring bores.

Work was carried out by Veolia between June 2020 and Feb 2021, with a value of $230k.

This project is a key part of the wider upgrade works as we prepare to, (subject to consent) remove discharge from waterways and irrigate to land.





A community meeting was held on Monday evening from 5-7pm in the Takapau Town Hall.

The presentation can be accessed here.

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Flyers will be going out to residents this week to invite the community to the second community engagement session as we form the plan for the preferred option for the future of the Takapau wastewater system.

A community meeting was held on Tuesday 17th December 2019 and the community was extremely engaged in providing constructive feedback and direction to council. This now allows council to rule out some options, and further investigate others.

Officers are going away and will bring back some high level options and a plan to a meeting in February 2020.

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A community meeting is planned for Tuesday 17th December at the Town Hall from 1-3pm to start the discussions on the Takapau Wastewater network and our journey towards replacing the resource consent.

Please find a link to the flyer going out to the community this week.

A copy of the new resource consent to 31 October 2021, can be found here.

Due to the works underway with the Waipukurau, Waipawa and Otane wastewater plants, Council plans to commence this reference group and subsequent work later in 2019.

On Monday 10 December 2018, Council was granted an extension to resource consents DP180115W and DP180124A through to 31 October 2021. 

As previously planned, Council will now commence works to establish a community reference group and prepare for the future of the wastewater plant in Takapau, prior to the new end of consent date.

Council has submitted the final component of the extension to Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) in early October 2018, and now awaits the decision.

Council will shortly commence planning with a community group and local iwi, on the future of the wastewater treatment plant and what it looks like, all the while working towards a best practicable option (BPO).

Once a best practicable option (BPO) is reached, council will work on gaining a resource consent to upgrade or build the plant to those specs.

Further updates will be provided as this project progresses.

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Council is working with local tai whenua to gain approval to extend our resource consent while we explore land based and other options for the future of this wastewater treatment plant.

We are making good progress and hope to have this all wrapped up by the end of October 2018, when we can move into the investigation and design phase of this project.

An extension has been requested of this resource consent which expired on 31 May 2018 to allow Central Hawkes Bay District Council time to consider all options for this site, including land based options. Hawkes Bay Regional Council are currently considering this extension request, and have advised us they request a time extension to do so, whilst they consult with the community on this. We are currently considering options for the future of this site.

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