Presenting ecological evidence at the Board of Inqury hearing.
In June 2012, following a Board of Inquiry hearing at which our ecologists presented extensive evidence, approval was granted to the regulatory consents sought for the planned Transmission Gully highway (MacKays to Linden) north of Wellington.
The 27-kilometre 4-lane inland route will form part of the Wellington Northern Corridor - one of seven roads of national significance identified by the Government for essential upgrading.
Our ecologists presented evidence on behalf of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) covering marine, freshwater, birds, bats, lizards, vegetation, and terrestrial habitats. “Our ability to provide comprehensive ecological advice to the NZTA was strengthened by having such a good range of specialist expertise within our company-wide ecology team,” ecologist Stephen Fuller says. “We called on ecologists in our Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch offices as well as Wellington, in order to cover all the required assessments.”
In developing their assessments, the ecology team worked with NZTA’s large multi-disciplinary team of consultants to integrate ecological protection, mitigation, and enhancement measures into the design of the highway alignment.
The Transmission Gully route is expected to be completed by 2021.
1 November 2012