Strategic Plan 2008 - 2011

Strategic Objectives

The strategic objectives as detailed below were developed in 2008 and take due regard to the Mission Statement and the objectives detailed in the Memorandum of Understanding between NCC and TDC.

Key Principles

  • Achieve maximum economic benefit from all existing plant and infrastructure
  • Reduce the use of non-renewable energy and work towards optimising energy efficiency, including consideration of energy regeneration
  • Encourage the minimisation of waste streams – domestic and industrial
  • Work with the local authority customers to minimise storm water inflows to the Scheme
  • Continue to investigate ways to minimise the cost of the treatment process to customers
  • Consider options for alternative sites away from the coast in areas of future growth
  • Continue to consider treatment at source in order to minimise energy costs and maximise reuse opportunities
  • Consider international best practice and sustainability in all planning for growth

Collection System

  • To ensure that the reticulation system operated by NRSBU has sufficient pump and pipe capacity to meet the current and forecast requirements of the customers in a cost effective and sustainable manner.
  • To implement appropriate operations, maintenance and renewal strategies to ensure that pumps and rising main pipelines meet their expected economic life.

Treatment and Disposal

  • To ensure that the wastewater treatment and disposal systems fully comply with all resource consent conditions in relation to the discharges to air, land and to the Waimea Estuary.
  • To ensure that the scheme has sufficient treatment and disposal capacity to manage current and forecast loads such that the scheme provides for its customers in a cost effective, timely and sustainable manner.
  • To ensure that as much of the treated waste from the catchment area as is practicable is re-used to the benefit of the environment.


  • To optimise the operation and maintenance of the NRSBU through:
    • Effective long term planning
    • Good management of contracts
    • Sound financial management
  • To maintain a charging structure that properly reflects both the short and long term costs to the NRSBU of any particular source of effluent, in terms of capital, plant maintenance, operational and administration costs.
  • To undertake risk assessment and mitigation reviews which define an appropriate balance between risk and cost.
  • To develop contingency plans to ensure the impact of any abnormal or emergency event is minimised.
  • To ensure that the organisation is fully informed on issues, current and future technology and trends in wastewater management, the beneficial re-use of waste and opportunities to reduce inputs rather than increase capacity.

Stakeholder relationships

  • To maintain good working relationship with all stakeholders including owners, customers, contractors, neighbours, iwi and the general public.
  • To ensure that all stakeholders are provided with an appropriate level of information so that they can have a positive influence on the scheme and support of NRSBU plans is not compromised by misinformation, insufficient information or lack of trust.