Proposed Regional Policy Statement 2021 (“PORPS”) – High Court Declaratory Proceedings

ORC brought proceedings in the High Court in Dunedin under the Declaratory Judgments Act 1908 to determine whether the proposed RPS 21 is a freshwater planning instrument in terms of section 80A of the Resource Management Act.

The hearing was held on 8 and 9 February 2022 at the High Court in Dunedin in front of Justice Nation.

The Judgment is available here.


Related documents

Court Issued Documents


Court Minutes and Directions


Joint Memoranda


Plaintiff’s Documents: Otago Regional Council


Defendant’s Documents: Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated


Interested Parties’ Documents


Oceana Gold (New Zealand) Limited


Port Otago Limited


Otago Fish & Game Council


Dunedin City Council


Waitaki District Council


Canterbury Regional Council (ECan)


Minister for the Environment


Ngā Rūnanga (Te Rūnanga o Moeraki, Kāti Huirapa Rūnaka ki Puketeraki, Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou and Hokonui Rūnanga, and Te Rūnanga o Ngai Tahu)


Queenstown Lakes District Council


Central Otago District Council


Rayonier Matariki Forests


Ernslaw One Limited

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