MINUTES OF A meeting of the Hearings Committee



Date:                          Wednesday 28 March 2018

Time:                          3.05pm


Council Chamber

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

159 Dalton Street



Present:                     P Beaven - Chairman

P Bailey

R Barker


In Attendance:          L Lambert – Group Manager External Relations

P Barrett – Principal Consents Planner

L Hooper – Governance Manager



1.       Welcome/Apologies/Notices



That the apologies for absence from Toro Waaka, Brian Gregory and Mike Mohi be accepted.




2.       Conflict of Interest Declarations

There were no conflict of interest declarations.


3.       Confirmation of Minutes of the Hearings Committee Held on 21 February 2018



Minutes of the Hearings Committee held on Wednesday, 21 February 2018, a copy having been circulated prior to the meeting, were taken as read and confirmed as a true and correct record.



Secretarial note:       As there are no provisions under Council’s Standing Orders for discussion of the minutes other than confirmation of their correctness, “matters arising” are recorded following.


Mrs Lambert advised (in relation to item 5 on page 3) that HBRC received a letter from Hastings District Council requesting a Joint Hearing by independent commissioner for the Clifton revetment resource consent application hearing, meaning that Cr Bailey will no longer be a member of that hearing panel.

The Chairman advised (in relation to item 4 on page 2) that the CV from John Simmons was circulated as requested by the Hearings Committee, and there were no objections raised to his appointment to the Hearing Panel for the Proposed Regional Biosecurity Management Plan hearings.



Hearing Panel Appointments for Upcoming Resource Consent Application Hearings


Discussed the list of commissioners provided by staff, and queried whether councillors have additional names they want to suggest are added to the list.

For the hearings panels being appointed, discussions clarified the number of panel members recommended for each hearing.



That the Hearings Committee:

1.      Agrees that the decisions to be made are not significant under the criteria contained in Council’s adopted Significance and Engagement Policy, and that the Hearings Committee can exercise its delegation and make decisions on this issue without conferring directly with the community and persons likely to be affected by or to have an interest in the decision.

2.      For the HBRC Global Gravel Management resource consent application hearing, appoints a Hearing Panel comprising 3 members being: Bill Wasley (Chair), Rauru Kirikiri (Māori expert) and Dr Jim Cooke (freshwater scientist) to the Hearing Panel.

3.      For the Port of Napier Ltd resource consent application hearing, appoints a Hearing Panel comprising 3 members being Bill Wasley (Chair), Rauru Kirikiri (Chair) and Dr Malcolm Green (Coastal scientist) to the Hearing Panel. In the event that Rau Kirikiri is not available, then Reginald Proffit will be appointed.

4.      For the HDC Clifton Revetment resource consent application hearing, reaffirms the appointment of Bill Wasley (Chair) as the sole independent member of the Hearing Panel.






There being no further business the Chairman declared the meeting closed at 3.22pm on Wednesday 28 March 2018.


Signed as a true and correct record.




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