Arrow Irrigation Company Limited - RM20.049

Public notice is hereby given pursuant to S.95A Resource Management Act 1991 that the following application for resource consent has been received by Otago Regional Council.

Arrow Irrigation Company Limited

Application No. RM20.049.01

Consent Type: Deemed Permit replacement (Deemed permit to be replaced: WR1440Ar)

Purpose: To take and use primary allocation water and to retake primary allocation water from races and reservoirs for the purposes of irrigation of pasture and crops, vineyards, lifestyle blocks, golf courses and amenity areas, and stock water supply

Site address or location of the point of take: Arrow River, at the Arrow River Gorge, approximately 5 kilometres north of Arrowtown, Queenstown Lakes

Legal descriptions of the take and use: Various, see Appendix 1 of the application

Map reference for the point of take: NZTM2000 E1273782 N5018292

The application (RM20.049.01) is to take and use surface water as primary allocation from the Arrow River and to retake this water from races and reservoirs. It will replace Deemed Permit WR1440Ar which expires on 1 October 2021. The applicant currently abstracts water from the Arrow River, as authorised by WR1440Ar, and distributes it to 249 shareholders as part of the Arrow Irrigation Scheme. The applicant seeks the following volumes and rate of take

  • Rate of take: 870 L/second
  • Monthly volume: 2,254,120 m3 /month
  • Annual volume: 8,802,018 m3 /year

The water is proposed to be used for irrigation of pasture and crops, vineyards, lifestyle blocks, golf courses and amenity areas, and stock water supply. The water take is from the Arrow River and is situated in the Arrow River Gorge, approximately 5 km north of Arrowtown. Water is distributed to a large part of the geographical area known as the Wakatipu Basin, from Arrowtown in the east, Frankton in the west and south to the Kawarau River.

The proposal is assessed as a restricted discretionary activity pursuant to Rule of the Regional Plan Water for Otago and as a non-complying activity pursuant to Rule 10A.3.2.1 of Plan Change 7 of the Regional Plan Water for Otago.

Reasons for public notification: The Council must publicly notify an application if the applicant requests public notification. In this instance the applicant requested public notification on 2 November 2020.

Full details of this application are also available for inspection at Otago Regional Council, 70 Stafford Street, Dunedin during working hours (8 am to 5 pm). Enquiries may be directed to Mandy Lambert by phone to 0800 474 082 or by email to


Submissions on the above application must be received by Otago Regional Council and the applicant (Arrow Irrigation Company Limited) no later than 5 pm on Friday 12th March.

A submission form is available for download below.

Printable submission form

Electronic PDF submission form

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Where to send your submission

Submissions must be forwarded to Otago Regional Council, Private Bag 1954, Dunedin, 9054 or by email to

You must also serve a copy of your submission to the applicant – C/O Nick Geddes, Clark Fortune McDonald and Associates., by post at PO Box 553, Queenstown 9348 or by email to

Submissions requirements

Any person may make a submission on the application, but a person who is a trade competitor of the applicant may do so only if that person is directly affected by an effect of the activity to
which the application relates that:

(a) adversely affects the environment; and
(b) does not relate to trade competition or the effects of trade competition.

Submissions must be dated and signed (unless submitted electronically) and must include the
following information:

1. Your name, postal address and telephone number (email and fax number ifapplicable);
2. Details of the application in respect of which you are making the submission;
3. Whether it is in support of, or in opposition to the application, or is neutral;
4. Your submissions, with reasons;
5. The decision that you wish Council to make; and
6. Whether you wish to be heard in support of your submission and you must also serve a copy of your submission on the applicant as soon as reasonably practicable.