Have your say on an application by Whakatāne District Council at local purpose reserve Matatā Cemetery. Submissions closed 26 November 2021.

Submissions closed 26 November 2021.

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

Application details

Applicant: Whakatāne District Council
Location of proposed activity: Local purpose reserve – Matatā Cemetery
Map Reference: Map coordinates are approximately NZTM E1929406 N5795349, 33 Braemar Road Awakaponga, 4 kilometres south of the Matatā township.
Concession type: Lease
Summary of proposal:
An application for a water treatment plant at Matatā and a planned upgrade of the water treatment plant. The applicant has applied for a period of 30 years (with a 30 year right of renewal)
Application documents:

How to make a submission

Any person or organisation may make a submission in writing to the Director-General on the proposal.

Submissions closed 5pm, 26 November 2021.

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, state this in writing when making your submission.

What happens next

After submissions close:

  1. DOC will analyse and consider all submissions.
  2. A hearing will be held if there have been requests to be heard by the Director-General If you have expressed an interest in presenting your submission at a hearing, you'll be contacted by DOC regarding this.
  3. DOC will analyse and consider information raised at the hearing if a hearing occurred.
  4. DOC will make a recommendation to the Minister of Conservation.
  5. The Minister of Conservation will make a decision on the application.

Hearing details

If a hearing is required, it's likely to occur between 6–10 December 2021.


No details at this point. Details, such as submissions and the decision outcome, will be added when they are available.

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.    


If you have a question about the application or the submission process you can contact Lynette Trewavas, Senior Permissions Advisor.


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