Good news about these hearings
"Christchurch, not Twizel, will now be the venue for the bulk of hearings into 126 applications to take water from the upper Waitaki catchment, most for irrigation."
Haven't ECan been busy...
"ECan started in 2007 by hearing applications made by Meridian for its north bank tunnel concept power scheme, followed by those for the joint Meridian Energy Ltd-South Canterbury Irrigation Trust Hunter Downs irrigation scheme in Waimate then, late last year, 56 applications to use water from the lower Waitaki River below the Waitaki dam.
The lower Waitaki applications were heard in Oamaru.
In September, the hearings panel will start considering the consent applications above the Waitaki dam."
"Any submitter who wanted to be heard in Twizel should notify ECan staff as soon as possible. "
Otautahi is a better venue with more opportunity to get submitters there and the ability to keep the costs down, as opposed to all heading to Twizel.
I don't know about you, but the thought that the MacKenzie Basin turned into something like the canterbury plains fills me with dread.