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Report an environmental incident

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Report an environmental incident

Updated 11 July 2019 12:15pm

What we investigate

We want to know about all environmental incidents which involve the contamination of land, water, air and the coastal marine area. We will respond to incidents only involving the following:

  • Water pollution (discharges to streams, rivers, lakes, aquifers and the coastal marine area)
  • Land pollution (dumping and spillage of materials that contaminate land)
  • Air pollution (dust, smells/odours, smoke from outdoor fires where hazardous materials (including plastic, treated timber and metal) are being burnt)
  • Taking water (groundwater, surface water and draining wetlands)
  • River works (channel/river mouth cutting, vegetation removal, diversions, excavations, gravel extractions, deposition and disturbance)
  • Earthworks (large scale vegetation clearance, earth moving, tracking, cut and fill etc)
  • Buildings and structures in rivers/stream and the coastal marine area (construction, demolition, maintenance etc)
  • Noise originating from the coastal marine area (from boats and ships etc)
  • Animals in rivers, streams and the coastal marine area (discharges, disturbance, carcasses etc)
  • Hazardous substances (discharges into water or land)

How we respond

We aim to respond to incidents within one hour of being notified.

Once on site, we will investigate the incident and if a resource consent is breached, or an environmental incident is found, we can take enforcement action.