Update: Proposed Waitaha Hydro Scheme

September 2019

In July 2014, Westpower submitted an application for concessions from the Minister of Conservation to enable the proposed scheme to progress. In September 2016, DOC publicly notified its intention to grant a lease, licence and easement concession and a public hearing was held in early December 2016. 

On 28 August, a decision to decline the application was announced by David Parker, the Minister for the Environment. Westpower is considering its response to this decision.

Your feedback

Westpower welcomes your feedback on the Scheme at any stage during the process. 

Please send your feedback to

Waitaha@electronet.co.nz or to


PO Box 375,