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OceanaGold (NZ) lodged resource consent applications with Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council for further mine development in Waihi. The applications, which are being processed jointly by the two Councils, cover the proposed Martha Project announced by the company in March this year.

The resource consent applications to the Hauraki District Council are to authorise all land use activities associated with construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the proposed Project Martha and for a subdivision consent of Company land to accommodate the re-alignment of Bulltown/ Cambridge Roads. The project includes work to stabilise the north wall of the open Martha Pit and to re-instate the pit haul road to allow access to the bottom of the pit for mining. New underground mining is proposed beneath the pit and also within the Rex vein which is situated under a reserve/residential area from the rugby clubrooms to the Mueller and Kenny Street intersection.

The resource consent applications to the Waikato Regional Council are to authorise specific aspects of land use (removal of vegetation, earthworks to construct noise bunds, backfilling land in the Martha Underground Mine) and to permit the taking, diversion and discharge of ground and surface water associated with construction, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation of the proposed Project Martha.


Submissions on the applications closed on 14 September 2018. A copy of all the submissions is available for public inspection at the Hauraki District Council’s Waihi Office during normal office hours.


Formal Notice of Hearing

The Schedule for the Project Martha Hearing has been finalised as below. However, the Schedule is subject to change during the Hearing by the Commissioner Hearings Panel as the Hearing proceeds. Where possible any amended Schedule will be posted to this site. Where possible submitters appearing at the Hearing will be advised of any changes to their hearing dates and times.

Project Martha Hearing Schedule [PDF, 404 KB] pdf.gif

There will be a Hearings Panel of three (3) independent Commissioners considering and deciding on the resource consent applications made to both the Hauraki District and Waikato Regional Councils.

The Commissioners issued Directions for the Hearing on 4 October 2018 which were circulated to all parties (including all submitters).

Commissioner Directions [PDF, 197 KB] pdf.gif

The Hearing is scheduled to be held in the St James Church Hall at 76 Moresby Avenue, Waihi commencing on Monday 12 November 2018 at 10.00am. and will continue on consecutive working days through to Friday 23 November 2018, as and if required to complete the hearing. Start times on subsequent days will be set by the Committee at the end of the previous day.

Formal Notice of Hearing [PDF, 732 KB] pdf.gif

Planners Reports – Prepared pursuant to Section 42A of the Resource Management Act.

The two planning reports (Hauraki District Council and Waikato Regional Council) prepared under Section 42A of the Resource Management Act 1991 for consideration at the Hearing for the Project Martha applications were required by 19 October 2018.

Hauraki District Council [PDF, 8 MB] pdf.gif

Waikato Regional Council 

Commissioners Questions to Councils and Applicant

The independent Commissioners have requested that the Councils and the Applicant respond to questions they have arising from their consideration of the Section 42A reports and the Applicant's technical evidence. The responses to the questions will be posted here in due course.

Commissioner questions to HDC [PDF, 439 KB] pdf.gif

Commissioner questions to WRC [PDF, 394 KB] pdf.gif

Commissioner questions to the Applicant [PDF, 743 KB] pdf.gif

Applicant's Expert Evidence

The Applicant was required to submit its expert evidence by 29 October 2018. Evidence received was:

Submitters' Evidence and Statements

Submitters were requested to submit expert evidence and statements by 5 November 2018. Statements and evidence received were:

Submitter 7 - F & S Cumming [PDF, 58 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 39 – L Lapwood [PDF, 103 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 70 – M Coleman [PDF, 26 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 73 T A & J Taylor [PDF, 28 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 137 M G Hutchins [PDF, 22 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 200 Fish & Game Auckland/Waikato

Submitter 206 E Schmidt [PDF, 4 MB] pdf.gif

Submitter 217 Waihi Community Forum [PDF, 397 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 218 New Zealand Transport Agency 

Submitter 223 K Stevens [PDF, 59 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 235 N Fisher [PDF, 54 KB] pdf.gif

Submitter 243 F Harley [PDF, 246 KB] pdf.gif



Consent applications and supporting reports lodged for further mining in Waihi

Project Martha - Notification and Submission details

Submissions to these applications closed at 5.00pm on Friday 14 September.

Applications and Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE)

Covering Application Letter [PDF, 327 KB] pdf.gif

Application for Resource Consent and Assessment of Environmental Effects (AEE) [PDF, 5.4 MB] pdf.gif

Form 9 (Land Use & Subdivision) [PDF, 251 KB] pdf.gif

Requests for Further information

HDC - Further Information Requested [PDF, 432 KB] pdf.gif

HDC - Further Information Request - clarification [PDF, 109 KB] pdf.gif

HDC - Further Information Request 2 [PDF, 166 KB] pdf.gif

HDC - Further Information Request 3 [PDF, 244 KB] pdf.gif

WRC - Further Information Requested 1 [PDF, 1.7 MB] pdf.gif

WRC - Further Information Requested -  1A [PDF, 184 KB] pdf.gif

Technical Reports

Please note the large file sizes of many of the documents below. These PDF files may take a while to download depending on your internet connection. Documents above 10MB have been separated into smaller parts where indicated. If you have difficulty downloading large documents you may prefer to view hard copies which will be available in the Paeroa and Waihi Council offices and libraries once the applications are notified.

Appendices A – Y