Have your say on an application by A.W.A.C.S. Limited for a lease of the site containing the Dominion Observatory building. Submissions closed 12 June 2021.

Submissions closed 12 June 2021. Hearing required – date to be confirmed.

This application is notified under section 17SC of the Conservation Act 1987. The Minister of Conservation has received an application for a lease concession for a term of 20 years.

Application details

Applicant: A.W.A.C.S. Limited
Location of proposed activity: Kelburn Community Buildings Reserve  32 Salamanca Rd, Kelburn, Wellington  

Map references: NZTM Accommodation Boundary Co-ordinates: 1748074.6 East 54281876 North 

Summary of proposal: To use the Dominion Observatory building and associated carparks and underground tunnels for a national “bidirectional” multicast network project where there are many source and receiver computers talking to each other over a network. The services this provides include: Stratum 1 NTP multicast (a link between precise time from accurate sources such as satellite systems and a computer network); location specific “gravity field strength measurements” for detecting earthquakes and sending data to a computer network; multicasting of multimedia and telemetry by the public, iwi, business, education and government using the latest network protocol (high data traffic over networks). On occasion an area of the Observatory may be sublet to compatible parties. 

Concession applied for: lease for exclusive use of the site containing the Dominion Observatory building and associated carparks and underground tunnels.

Application documents:

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make comment in writing to the Director-General for or against the proposal or make any other written submissions on the proposal.

Submissions closed 12 June 2021 at 5 pm.

1. Prepare your submission

Record what you think in the submission form.

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard at a possible hearing in support of their submission must request an opportunity to appear before the Director-General. This request must be included in your submission.

2. Send us your submission

Send your submission by email or post. You'll get a confirmation email or letter when a submission has been received.

Private Bag 3072
Hamilton 3240

Attention: Darcy Liddell  
Permissions Advisor  


Once submitted, submitters' information is subject to the Official Information Act 1982 and may be released under that Act.  If you wish to keep any part of your submission confidential, you need to state this in writing when making your submission. 

Any person or organisation wishing to be heard in support of his/her submission, must request (within that submission) an opportunity to appear before the Director-General.  

DOC comment regarding publicly notified applications 

The Minister of Conservation has made no determination regarding the suitability of this proposed concession on public conservation land.  This public notification should not be interpreted as an intention on the part of the Minister of Conservation to grant the proposed concession.    

Hearing details 

If a hearing is required, it is likely to occur on the week starting 28 June 2021. 


No details at this point.  

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