The official opening of the New Plymouth sewage disposal plant in November 1984 began a campaign lead by New Plymouth Mayor David Lean to see the coastline throughout North Taranaki cleaned up of waterwaste disposal. Waste from petrochemical plants Petralgas (Waitara) and Synfuels (Motonui) as well as freezing work waste from Borthwicks (Waitara) and two dairy factories in Brixon and Inglewood along with human waste was pumped into the ocean off North Taranaki, particularly into the Waitara catchment. A government taskforce was set up by Cabinet’s Development and Marketing Committee to examine the issue of wastewater and the possible alternative options for its disposal. The taskforce also included consultation with Te Ataiwa particularly in regards to the issue of waste effect on kai moana.
The collection includes notes, publications and reports compiled by David Lean relating to the issues raised regarding the Waitara Regional Sewerage Scheme. Also included are newspaper clippings and correspondence.
Department
Archives
Classification
Production Date
1980-1992

Archive Contents

  Part 1

- Report on application to discharge treated sewage to the Tasman Sea, 1 October 1981.

- Report, findings and recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal on an application by Aila Taylor for and on behalf of the Te Atiawa Tribe in relation to fishing grounds in the Waitara District, Minister of Maori Affairs. March 1983.

- Synthetic Fuel Plant (Effluent Disposal) Empowering Bill, third reading. 18 November 1983.

- Coalition for Open Government, An Analysis of the Synthetic Fuels Plant (Water Right) Bill, May 1983. Includes correspondence to David Lean.

- Synthetic Fuels Plant (Water Right) Bill, May 1983.

- An Engineers Comments: The Maori Factor and Effluent Disposal. Ian Gunn, New Zealand Engineering 1 June 1983.

- Submission of the New Plymouth City Council on the Synthetic Fuels Plant (Water Right) Bill, 21 June 1983.

- In the matter of the Synthetic Fuel Plant (Water Right) Bill and in the matter of submissions to the commerce and Energy Select Committee by the Taranaki Catchment Commission and Regional Water Board, June 1983.

- Waitara Regional Wastewater Disposal Task Force Brief, 2 August 1983.

- Oral question for written answer. Synthetic Fuel Plant (Water Right) Bill, Report of Commerce and Energy Committee, 9 September 1983.

- Synthetic Fuel Plant (Water Right) Bill, second reading. 13 October 1983.

- Synthetic Fuel Plant (Effluent Disposal) Empowering Bill, third reading. 18 November 1983.

- Marine Ecology Programme, Waitara Regional Wastewater Disposal Task Force Monthly Report on Programme for July 1984.

- Waitara Regional Waste Water Studies, Cabinet Development and Marketing Committee, minutes of meeting 19 September 1984.

- Faecal Coliform Contamination in the Waitara Embayment, Statistical Analysis of Data from 1980-1984 Samplings. Technical Report Taranaki Catchment Commission and Regional Water Board, Fergus M Power. December 1985.

- Waitara Sewerage notes on a meeting 27 May 1986.

- Waitara Regional Wastewater Studies, report of government task force and interdepartmental committee, September 1986.

- From Minister of Maori Affairs and Minister of Energy, New outfall Suggested for Waitara. Embargoed until midnight on Wednesday 22 October 1986.

- Report on Waitara Regional Sewage and The Carrousel Plan. City of New Plymouth, City Engineers Department, Jack Kettlewell. November 1986.

- Speech notes. David Lean, Council meeting 17 November 1986.

- Waitara Regional Wastewater Scheme, meeting minutes 27 July 1987.

- Waitara Regional Wastewater Scheme, meeting minutes 24 February 1988.

- Waitara Regional Wastewater Studies; Summary of Component Costs for Options 1 to 5, Ministry of Works and Development Pipeline Project task Force.

- Submission in the matter of the Synthetic Fuels Plant (Water Right) Bill from Ray Watemburg, undated.

- In the Pipeline by Susette Goldsmith.

- Rough notes by David Lean.

Folder:

- Correspondence.

Folder:

- Newspaper clippings.

Accession No
ARC2011-230

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