Our client, Rangitata Diversion Race Management Limited, set out to future proof its business in response to a changing environment and a need to seek future focused water management solutions for Canterbury.

RDRML engaged Enspire to undertake resource consent scoping and risk assessments for a variety of water storage designs, including a range of sizes and scales in order to manage their supply of water and its availability for use. The scale of the water storage facility was our largest challenge, when built it could be the largest offline, man-made water storage facility in New Zealand.

Enspire were intimately involved in the scoping and analysis associated with the development of options for a water storage facility for RDRML. This included the co-ordination and engagement of designers and economic analysis, as well as undertaking consent risk analysis and due diligence exercises to assist in determining the most appropriate option to be advanced. In addition to this, Enspire lead the engagement with key stakeholders and the public regarding the development of the project, which eventually fed into the resource consent process.

The proposal also included the construction of a ‘state of the art’ fish screen. The proposed fish screen is a replacement of the existing fish screen that has been operating on the canal network for a number of years. The proposed design is considerably more effective at returning fish back to the river, and is anticipated to provide a significant benefit to both indigenous and sport fish that are present in the river system.

The resource consents for the Klondyke water storage facility and fish screen were lodged in 2016 and publicly notified in 2017. 22 resource consents were required between the Canterbury Regional Council and Ashburton District Council. Following public hearings before independent commissioners engaged by the Council’s, all 22 of the resource consents were approved in 2018.