50 projects fast-tracked under Govt scheme


The Government has approved three more projects under the fast-track consenting process, bringing the number of projects that are eligible to apply for resource consents to 50.

The COVID-19 Recovery Fast-track Consenting Act 2020 is a key Government lever to grow the economy, boost jobs, speed up infrastructure development and improve environmental outcomes in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Seventeen of the 50 projects approved under the fast-track legislation have now obtained consent from an expert panel.

These projects are focused on housing, but also include the Tauhei Solar Farm (Te Aroha); the Ohinewai Foam Factory; the new Whakatane Boat Harbour; the Hananui Aquaculture project (Foveaux Strait); the new Dunedin Hospital, and various other projects expected to promote employment across the regions.

The fast-track process allows for a shorter consenting process that can boost employment and economic recovery but does not replace or circumvent the environmental tests under the Resource Management Act 1991 and is designed to ensure Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlement obligations are maintained.

The Minister for the Environment has declined to use the fast-track process for some proposals where public input using the existing RMA processes was considered more appropriate.

Details of the latest projects approved:

Project schedule 48 – Waimarie Street, St Heliers, Auckland

This residential development project will create approximately 58 residential lots accommodating approximately 58 residential units in (predominantly) terraced houses between 2 and 3 storeys high, and associated infrastructure including a pedestrian access way to Waimarie Street, vehicle access ways and parking areas, and infrastructure for three-waters services

Project schedule 49 – Flint’s Park West, Ladies Mile – Te Pūtahi

This project is a medium-density housing development in the Lake Hayes area, Queenstown. The project is to subdivide an 18.4-hectare site and construct approximately 315 residential units (or approximately 180 residential units, a church/chapel and a state-integrated school), supporting infrastructure and public open space, on 8.6 hectares of the land.

Project schedule 50 – Te Rere Hau wind farm

The Te Rere Hau wind farm repowering project will redevelop and expand the existing Te Rere Hau wind farm in the Tararua Range south-east of Palmerston North. The project will involve removing 97 existing 2-blade, 47-metre-high turbines, installing 30 new 3-blade, 162-metre-high turbines, and constructing associated infrastructure.