Press Release: Lyall Bay Wastewater.
For immediate release:
The Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) is deeply disturbed with yet another wastewater overflow event on Wellington’s south coast (Feb 3rd –Feb 5th).
Wellington City Council’s position is that: “Generally speaking 48 hours after heavy rainfall it’s usually wise to avoid swimming in the harbour or swimming around the south coast.” This is simply not good enough, considering the optimal time for surfing is generally directly after a storm/rainfall event.
The release of contaminated water is in breach of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement (released 3rd December 2010) in relation to the use and enjoyment of surf breaks.
In 2010 The Wgtn Surfriders Club (now dissolved) consulted with and submitted on a Wellington City Council resource consent application to continue to discharge storm water and occasionally contaminated storm water (untreated wastewater from constructed overflows into the storm water system) directly into Wellington city’s coastal waters, including Lyall Bay and the south coast.
On the 18th February 2011 the Hearing Panel acting for the Greater Wellington Regional Council released their decision on a 3 stage approach to resolving storm water and wastewater connections and associated overflow events.
The panel acknowledged the significant costs of the works to resolve these overflow events, a fact that was affirmed to the submitters often by the city council during the pre-hearing process as a reason that the council could not afford to give the project the operational urgency and priority it deserves.
SPS questions how the Wellington City council can prioritise an $8 million subsidy for Singapore Airlines to run an uneconomic flight route to Singapore, a $5 million consent application subsidy to WIAL for an airport extension with a minimum donation of $90 million required for the project, while Wellington ratepayers and tourists to the capital should avoid surfing and swimming in our filthy coastal waters?
The 2011 decision on storm water/wastewater overflows facilitates the opportunity to review the consent conditions under section 128 of the RMA at any time within 3 months of the 30th of June every year.
SPS request that the Greater Wellington Regional Council undertake such a review with regard to the oversight of the hearings panel to fully assess the implications of the NZCPS released just two months prior, particularly in relation to the public’s use and enjoyment of the city’s surf breaks.
SPS are disappointed that a promised real time event warning system promised to surfers during consultation on the consents never eventuated (through no fault of Paul Glennie).
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Dec 1, 2017
SPS has written to Waikato Regional Council, the Minister of Conservation and other parties alerting the agencies to the instability of the Whangamata bar and estuary caused by the near monthly dredging of the Moana anu anu Confluence in order to provide all tide access to the marina built in 2008 – 2010.
The Whangamata Bar is listed in schedule one of the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement, where all adverse effects on the 17 listed surf breaks must be avoided.
SPS assert that it is not appropriate for Waikato Regional Council to invoke plausible deniability while at the same time discouraging any further science to better understand the coastal processes of the Whangamata estuary and world famous surf break on the ebb tide delta.
The Whangamata marina society originally misled the Crown at the Environment Court as to the amounts required to be dredged, and when the society were granted the construction consents, the society then gained new non notified consents from WRC for amounts 3 times greater than was originally accepted by the Environment Court.
In 2012 SPS leveraged a dredging consent review from WRC due to the poor surfing wave quality on the bar soon after every dredge, The Bar never gets a chance to repair itself, as with every lunar cycle, a new dredge on the spring tide takes place.
Incredibly, during the consent review WRC turned around and granted the marina society a new consent for a Lift and Drift method without accurate measure of what has been dredged, and without any monitoring conditions what so ever on the Whangamata Bar.
Since 2013 SPS has conducted its own monitoring of the Whangamata ebb tide delta, and over the five years since the flawed WRC consent review, SPS have found a clear linkage between dredging events and the significant adverse effects on surf quality on the Whangamata Bar.
With this letter WRC are now on notice to conduct their statutory obligations under the New Zealand Coastal Policy Statement 2010.
WRC and its officers, the Thames Coromandel District Council, and the Whangamata Marina society all have a duty under section 17 of the RMA. Every person has a duty to avoid, remedy, or mitigate any adverse effect on the environment arising from an activity carried on by, or on behalf of the person…
Our letter has put the above parties on notice and SPS expect that Policy 16 of the NZCPS will be upheld.read article
Aug 14, 2017
The Surfbreak Protection Society (SPS) has lodged an appeal against the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch Ltd (LPC ) capital dredging consents that would see up to 18 million cubic meters of sediment dredged from the shipping channel and placed in the swell corridors of Christchurch City’s surf breaks Taylors Mistake, Sumner Bar, Sumner and New Brighton, and cumulatively some 900,000 cubic meters of maintenance dredgings annually.read article
Feb 8, 2017
Press release: Another contaminated storm water overflow event at Lyall Bay, and Wellington City Council’s advice is:
“Generally speaking 48 hours after heavy rainfall it’s usually wise to avoid swimming in the harbour or swimming around the south coast.”
This is simply not good enough! In 2010 Wellington City Council gave us a promise that they prioritise works to resolve this unpleasant situation for beach goers. It seams that now the priority is a generous donation of more than $90 million to Infratil shareholders to build an airport extension that will do further harm to Lyall Bay’s surfbreaks. SPS are requesting Greater Wellington Regional Council review the consents granted in 2011 to allow WCC to continue discharges for another ten years in light of the consents are in breach of the New Zealand Coastal policy Statement 2010 in regard to the use and enjoyment of surf breaksread article
Nov 21, 2016
The Surfbreak Protection Society is urging other Wellington surfers who made submissions on the proposed extension to file their form under section 274 stating they would like to appear in the Environment Court and speak to their submissions. If you have not made a submission, SPS will consider tabling a witnessed affidavit to the Court on your behalf..read article
Sep 30, 2016
SPS has put three questions to the 40 mayoral and council candidates regarding WIAL’s all out assault on the Corner surf break and whether or not they support WIAL seeking the Corner’s removal for the sake of their seawall and extension. The questions we put were:
1. WIAL are seeking to remove the Corner surf break from the proposed Natural Resources Plan so they can build a new seawall and promenade along Moa Point Rd. WIAL will need the support of WCC. If elected, will you support the removal of the Corner surf break for this project?
2.Do you think it for the public good that Lyall Bay should suffer degraded surfing conditions, the demise of the Corner and Airport Rights surf breaks, for the sake of an airport extension and new promenade?
3. Do you think WIAL should be obligated to rectify the damage to the Corner’s surfing wave quality, that they have caused over the last six to fifteen years?
So far we have had 13 candidates respond
If candidates do not respond by Sunday 1st of October SPS will take that as a “no comment”read article
Sep 24, 2016
DUDE! WHERES MY SURF BREAK?
– WIAL Telling Porkies –
A significant number of surfers are confused as to what WIAL is offering as mitigation to offset the impacts on Lyall Bay’s surf breaks,
Some surfers even think that WIAL will avoid any adverse effects on the Corner! Nothing could be further from the truth.
WIAL are embarking on a campaign to eliminate the the Corner surf break conclusively from any protection that the GWRC Proposed Natural Resources Plan offers, WIAL thinks this level of protection is unwarranted, and adverse effects on Lyall Bay’s surf breaks should only be managed as an amenity value, essentially removing any recognition of surf breaks as a finite resource from the discussion .
WIAL are even seeking to remove any controls over limiting the airport company’s ability to modify the Moa Point Rd Seawall, removing rules that would take into consideration impacts from seawall construction on our Corner surf break, as the airport company plans to build a new replacement seawall along Moa Point Rd.
WIAL simply want the Corner gone, and the Surfbreak Protection Society is the thin blue line that remains in their way.read article