- The decision by the Council on which option to pursue is subject to the Local Government Act. This Act sets out the purpose of local government and the principles local authorities must apply. These include taking a sustainable development approach and taking into account the social, economic environmental and cultural wellbeing of communities now and in the future.
- The Local Government Act decision-making process requires us to consider all reasonably practicable options for achieving the objective of the decision and to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each option. We must take into account the relationship of Māori and their culture and traditions with their ancestral land, water, sites, waahi tapu, valued ﬂora and fauna, and other taonga. We must also consider the views and preferences of people likely to be aﬀected by, or with an interest in, the decision to be made. We are consulting for this reason, including to better understand the social and cultural wellbeings of the community.
- Implementation of the chosen option will then be subject to the Resource Management Act.
As with any big infrastructure project, we need to consider the risks – both the project risks and the risks of not doing anything. Risks identiﬁed with the option eventually chosen will be managed appropriately during the design and construction stages. They will also be considered and evaluated through the resource consenting process. For more information about risks, please refer to the technical report.
Ngāi Tahu perspective
To recognise Crown obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi we provide opportunities for Iwi to contribute to and participate in our decision making.
Ngāi Tahu rights and interests associated with Akaroa Harbour are strongly focused on mahinga kai, food gathering. Discharging treated human waste into the harbour is culturally oﬀensive to Ngāi Tahu and is not compatible with their customary use of the harbour as a ‘food basket’.
As tāngata whenua, Ngāi Tahu have kaitiaki (guardianship) rights and responsibilities to actively protect natural resources in Akaroa for future generations. To protect and enhance the mauri, or life force, of the harbour Ngāi Tahu want the discharge of wastewater into Akaroa Harbour to stop.