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Te Whanganui-a-Tara:
The complexities and challenges of compliance at a harbour-wide scale

Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington Harbour is going through a period of significant development as a result of the construction of shared pathways Te Ara Tupua and Tupua Horo Nuku, and the recently approved new Ferry Terminal.  Approvals under the Covid-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 have accelerated this development around the Harbour.  

These high level 'fast track' approvals present a number of challenges for compliance officers where much of the design detail and the 'how' is managed post-consent approval in the compliance phase.  

Te Whanganui-a-Tara is also home to number of rare and threatened species, including kororā/little blue penguin.  The culmination of these construction activities presents unique challenges in the compliance and monitoring space when managing the effects on the finite habitat and vulnerable species within Te Whanganui-a-Tara.

In this presentation I will discuss: 


  • The issues when picking up the compliance activities from a fast-track consenting process;

  • The complexities of dealing with post-consented design, including management plans; 

  • Balancing community expectations, environmental effects, and significant infrastructure development. 


Friday 3 November



Annie Graham
Resource Advisor, Greater Wellington Regional Council


Annie Graham is a Resource Advisor within Greater Wellington's Environmental Regulation Team.  Annie has been the compliance officer for a number of challenging projects, including large scale projects such as the Te Ara Tupua Project and Tupua Horo Nuku Shared Pathways.  Annie has an educational background in marine science. 


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