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The Nelson Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) is holding a hui at the end of November.  NRSBU recognises the role of tangata whenua as kaitiaki and seeks to better understand the ongoing concerns that Te Tau Ihu iwi have about NRSBU’s activities, treating and discharging wastewater.

The purpose of this hui is to provide an opportunity for NRSBU staff to talk about what we’ve been doing over the past year to make improvements and what we plan to do over the next year.  We are keen to get feedback from iwi so that our efforts can be as effective as possible.

To allow us to provide catering, as well as transport for the Bell Island site visit, please RSVP to Morgelyn.Leizour@ncc.govt.nz by Friday 5 November, if you wish to attend.


The Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) oversees the Nelson Regional Sewerage Scheme, which is jointly owned by the Nelson City and Tasman District Councils, managing the current treatment facilities and network.

Application of biosolids to forestry blocks at Moturoa/ Rabbit Island

The Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit is in the process of renewing resource consents to authorise the application of biosolids to land (forestry blocks) at Moturoa/ Rabbit Island. Biosolids have been applied to land at Moturoa/ Rabbit Island since 1996. The NRSBU will also be applying for a resource consent to discharge odour generated by the biosolids operation to air. Read more.

Read more about the NRSBU discharge consent here.

Resource Consent Renewal Bell Island Wastewater Treatment Plant

Presentation by Senior Environmental Consultant Dr. Rob Lieffering (4.4MB PDF) exploring project objectives, resource consents overview, regulatory framework, assessment of environmental effects and sensitive sites.

Effects of treated wastewater on Waimea Inlet, Monitoring Programme and Results (1.1MB PDF)

See the Pond Managment and Odour Mangement Plans. Read More.

Impact of the Bell Island Regional Treated Effluent Discharge on the Coastal Environment: 5 Yearly report - Read more