Appeals - PNRP

Environment Court directions

The Environment Court has issued waivers and directions in respect of the filing and service of appeals and section 274 notices (refer Re Wellington Regional Council [2019] NZEnvC 126 dated 26 July 2019). A copy of the Environment Court directions are available here.

Decision-on-Application-2019-NZEnvC-126-Wellington-Regional-Council-26-July-2020.pdf

Submitters-List-address-for-service2.xlsx

Further-submitters-list-address-for-service2.xlsx

Appeals

Any person who made a submission on the Proposed Natural Resources Plan may appeal the Council’s decisions to the Environment Court.  Please note that you may only appeal on a provision or a matter in the decisions if you referred to the relevant provision or matter in your submission.  An appeal cannot seek the withdrawal of the proposed Natural Resources Plan as a whole.

Any appeal to the Environment Court must be in the prescribed form and lodged with the Environment Court in Wellington by 5pm, 18 September 2019. The appeal must be served in accordance with the Court's directions above. All notices of appeal will be posted in full on the portal.

See Form 7: ENVC-07-notice-appeal-proposed-policy-or-plan-decision-1.docx 

A fee of $511.11 is payable to the Environment Court when filing any appeal, to be paid at the time of lodgement.

Joining an Appeal

You can become a section 274 party to the proceedings if you lodged a submission on the subject matter of the appeal or if you have an interest in the proceedings greater than the public generally. 

Any section 274 notice to join an appeal must be in the prescribed form and lodged with the Environment Court in Wellington by 5pm, 9 October 2019. The notice must also be served in accordance with the Court's directions above. All section 274 notices will be posted in full on the portal.

See Form 33 ENVC-33-notice-wish-to-be-party-to-prceedings.docx

No fee is payable to the Environment Court for section 274 parties on this matter.

Timeframes

  • Any notice of appeal must be lodged by Wednesday, 18 September 2019, and
  • any section 274 notice to be lodged by Wednesday, 9 October 2019.

Pre-hearing Conference

Once all appeals and section 274 notices are filed, the Court will hold a judicial conference, for all appellants and section 274 parties.  

The Court anticipates the pre-hearing conference will be held in the week commencing 18 November 2019 with an agenda to be set prior to that date.

Appeals information will be updated on the Wellington Regional Council’s website.

Regional Coastal Plan:

If an appeal is made on a Regional Coastal Plan provision or matter then a copy of the appeal must also be served on the Minister of Conservation.

  • How are the objectives, policies, rules, and other methods labelled in the PNRP to identify the Regional Coastal Plan?

Coastal icon 

Within the PNRP an objective, policy, rule and other method has a coastal icon if it forms part of the Regional Coastal Plan.