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Dear Takapau Resident

The resource consent for the Takapau wastewater treatment plant on Burnside Road is due for renewal.

During Thrive and #thebigwaterstory we continued to hear about the importance of wastewater and minimising the impact it has on the environment as well as ensuring we cater for smart growth for our District. Council wants to explore alternative treatment options at Takapau which would consider eliminating or reducing the need for treated wastewater into the Makaretu River as is done now.

After discussion with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council who issues the consent, the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council is applying for a three year consent with the existing consent conditions being continued but also including a requirement to investigate alternative treatment processes. This three years would give us time to investigate other options for Takapau Wastewater and engage with the community in a transparent and open manner.

Moving Forward

The District Council propose building a treatment system that reduces or eliminates the need to discharge the treated wastewater into the Makaretu River as is done now.  This would require spreading the wastewater onto land and growing grass, crops or trees. Or it could be that we look at other options as to how we can ensure little or no treated wastewater goes into the Makaretu river.

We welcome your feedback

The District Council would like to hear your thoughts about this proposal so that it can be included in the application to the Regional Council. The consent application has to be lodged by 28th February 2018, so please provide us with your comments using the attached Feedback form and stamped addressed envelope by Friday 16th February. Alternatively you can complete the feedback form online.


The District Council has been collecting samples in the Makaretu River since 2008.  This data has been analysed by an independent freshwater scientist and his report will be included in the application to support our request. His summary of the effect that the present treated wastewater discharge is having on the Makaretu River is

“There is no evidence of the discharge causing any significant effect on concentrations or levels of key in-stream water quality determinants”.

The full report is available upon request.

If you want to discuss this proposal in more detail, please contact Steve Thrush on 06-857-8060 at the Council or email and he will meet with you.

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