Riverton Harbour Subcommittee





Minutes of a meeting of Riverton Harbour Subcommittee held in the SDC Office, Riverton, 117 Palmerston Street, Riverton on Monday, 20 March 2017 at 4.30pm.




Members (Acting Chair)

Blair Stewart

Riverton/Aparima Community Board


Graeme Stuart

Riverton/Aparima Community Board


Hayley Nelson

Riverton Harbour Berth Owner


Muriel Johnstone

Oraka Aparima Runaka


Ian Coard

Environment Southland


Lyndon Cleaver

Environment Southland




Committee Advisor

Alyson Hamilton


Community Engineer

Greg Erskine


Property Asset Management Officer

Colin Pemberton



Riverton Harbour Subcommittee

20 March 2017



1          Apologies


Moved Member Stewart, seconded Member Stuart and resolved:

That the Riverton Harbour Subcommittee accept the apologies for non-attendance from Member White and Councillor Perham.


2          Leave of absence


There were no requests for leave of absence.


3          Conflict of Interest


There were no conflicts of interest declared.


4          Public Forum


There was no Public Forum.


5          Extraordinary/Urgent Items


There were no Extraordinary/Urgent items.


6          Confirmation of Minutes



Moved Member Stuart, seconded Member Stewart  and resolved:

That the minutes of Riverton Harbour Subcommittee meeting held on 12 December 2016 be confirmed as a true and correct record.





Action Sheet


Mr Greg Erskine (Community Engineer) presented this report.


Issues reported to the subcommittee included;


Removal of Railway Irons

The meeting was advised Environment Southland has indicated resource consent is required for the removal of the railway irons situated in the river. Staff progressing this application.


Berth L37 repair work

Mr Pemberton advised a reminder has been forwarded to the berth owner to undertake the necessary repair work.


Causeway repair work (old railway bridge)

The meeting was advised the contract to undergo the repair work to the causeway was awarded to Fulton Hogan.  Mr Erskine advised it is expected the work to be completed within a couple of weeks.



Riverton Harbour - Living on Boats

Record No:         R/17/2/3527


Colin Pemberton (Property Asset Management Officer) presented the report.

Mr Pemberton advised the purpose of the report is to seek subcommittee consideration to put in place rules for people staying/living on board vessels berthed at wharves in Riverton Harbour.


Mr Pemberton explained as part of the resource consent and licences for the structures in Riverton Harbour, Environment Southland has raised the issue of people living on vessels berthed at wharves.


Mr Pemberton advised Environment Southland has indicated that Council may well be in breach of its consent, if people are in fact living on vessels.


Mr Pemberton explained the activities allowed under both the resource consent AUTH-20158262 held by Council and the licences issued by Council to individual wharf owners, do not include anything in relation to staying/living on the vessels.

The subcommittee was advised the resource consent states;


If sewage (polluting substance) or a mixture of sewage and greywater is discharged from a vessel while they are at the wharf this would breach consent AUTH-20158262 condition 3 (b)”.


Mr Pemberton advised this would also breach the Resource Management (Marine Pollution) Regulations 1998, Rule 11 (2) (a) and potentially Rule 11 (2) (c) which states:


On or after 1 July 2000, no person may discharge sewage in the coastal marine area from a ship or offshore installation unless that discharge occurs —


(a) more than 500 metres (0.27 nautical miles) seaward from mean high water springs; and


(c) in water depths greater than 5 metres;


Members further noted that the resource consent states,


“There is the potential that the vessels being lived in are in breach of consent AUTH-20158262 and the Marine Regulations 1998.


Mr Pemberton advised as Council is the consent holder any breach of the consent by a vessel means that Council are also in breach of the consent.


Mr Pemberton explained the license states the purpose of the occupation is to allow the Licensee to use and maintain the Wharf for berthing of vessels and for the purpose of loading and unloading passengers and freight from those vessels.”


Mr Pemberton advised Environment Southland has received reports of people living on board vessels berthed at Riverton Harbour wharves and has asked Council to investigate this and put in place some rules around if and when such an activity is allowed.

Mr Pemberton informed Council indicated that 5 nights might be an acceptable length of time. This would cover occasions when fishing boats returned to port to unload and were heading out again within a couple of days. Likewise a similar situation could apply to a charter vessel.


Mr Pemberton confirmed Environment Southland has accepted a maximum of 5 nights for any one stay.


Mr Pemberton advised if vessel owners suggest there is a need for a greater length of stay, the response should be that Riverton has suitable accommodation options and opportunities available.


Members were advised Council does not want to be deemed to be in breach of the Environment Southland granted consent.


Following discussion members queried enforcement of the proposed five night length of stay on vessels in the harbour.


Mr Pemberton responded Council will undertake enforcement of the proposed ruling.


The subcommittee noted a toilet is available at the wharf for vessel users.


Member Nelson queried Environment Southland stance on vessels being delayed at the wharf due to weather conditions and whether this will be considered a breach of the resource consent.


Mr Pemberton responded it is expected common sense will prevail in situations where vessels experience delays due to weather conditions and it is also expected that vessels will have sufficient holding tanks for sewage and grey water.


Member Stewart queried the ruling at other ports/harbours of people living on vessels and requested this report be deferred pending further information to be obtained by staff on this matter to be presented to the subcommittee at its next meeting.





Moved Member Stewart, seconded Member Stuart  and resolved:

That the Riverton Harbour Subcommittee:

a)         Receives the report titled “Riverton Harbour - Living on Boats” dated 13 March 2017.


b)         Determines that this matter or decision be recognised as not significant in terms of Section 76 of the Local Government Act 2002.


c)         Determines that it has complied with the decision-making provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 to the extent necessary in relation to this decision; and in accordance with Section 79 of the Act determines that it does not require further information, further assessment of options or further analysis of costs and benefits or advantages and disadvantages prior to making a decision on this matter.




f)          Requests this report be deferred pending further information being sought by staff in regards to the ruling and policing at other harbour/ports of boat owners living on vessels.



Chairperson's Report


§  Member Nelson raised the issue of the procedure for oil spills which is included in the resource consent issued by Environment Southland to berth owners which is advice that they are to be contacted in the first instance to advise of any spill and prior to the use of any disbursements.


Member Nelson suggested the subcommittee consider the purchase of an oil spill containment boom to be made available for harbour users in the event of a spill as this may be a quicker option than having to wait for a response from Environment Southland staff.


Members concurred with Members Nelson’s comment requesting staff obtain costings for an oil spill containment boom to be presented to the next meeting of the subcommittee for further consideration.


§   The meeting was advised berth owners are waiting for marine timber (H6) to commence maintenance work to the marine piles and berths.  It was noted this timber is specially treated for prolonged immersion in sea water and is difficult source.


§   The meeting was advised the fence work surrounding the lead light at Taramea (Howells Point) is due to be removed and Riverton Engineering has been tasked to raise the beacon.  It was noted a verbal estimate of the engineers cost is expected to be $1,000 (excl GST), a written quote to be provided to the Community Engineer in due course.




Moved Member Stewart, seconded Member Stuart  and resolved:

That the Riverton Harbour Subcommittee:

a)      Requests staff obtain costings for the possible purchase of an oil spill containment boom to be presented to the next meeting of the subcommittee for further consideration.



The meeting concluded at 5.10pm                CONFIRMED AS A TRUE AND CORRECT RECORD AT A MEETING OF THE Riverton Harbour Subcommittee HELD ON MONDAY, 20 MARCH 2017.