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Tirohia Landfill extension application declined

Tirohia Landfill extension application declined

Posted October 13, 2021
Council Matters , Environmental

An application by Waste Management NZ Ltd application to expand its landfill operation at Tirohia has been declined by independent commissioners.

Waste Management own the Tirohia landfill which is on Rae o Te Papa mountain, located between Paeroa and Te Aroha.

The company had applied to Waikato Regional Council and Hauraki District Council for resource consent, including land use, and discharge and water permits, to allow construction and operation of a landfill site, known as Tirohia Landfill Phase C.

The proposal to extend their area of operations with a capacity to contain approximately 3 million cubic metres of municipal solid waste, and ancillary facilities was opposed by Ngati Hako as they felt any expansion violated current covenants.

In 2003 Ngāti Hako reached agreement with HG Leach & Co Ltd (the Tirohia landfill operator at that time) that, among other things, it would withdraw its objection to the company’s resource consent application at that time if there would be no further land filling or extension of quarrying beyond the limits described in the company’s application.

After Ngāti Hako had signed an agreement in 2003, HG Leach and Hauraki District Council decided upon a caveat that Ngāti Hako was not a party to.

Since hearing about the application being declined Ngāti Hako representative Josie Anderson is reported to have said the decision reflects public sentiment on councils and environmental management.

“Today’s decision is recognition of a movement and widespread opinion that New Zealanders have serious concerns about how councils are dealing with rubbish,” Josie Anderson told media.

The decision is subject to a 15 working day appeal period.