Discharge into Awanui River.Discharge into Awanui River from the Kaitāia wastewater treatment plant.

The Northland Regional Council is responsible, under the Resource Management Act (1991), for the control of activities that may have a negative effect on our environment.

These activities – such as discharging a substance to air or water – are controlled by rules in regional plans and, if required, by resource consents.

In order to make sure that activities are not having an effect on the environment, the council monitors compliance with these rules and the conditions of resource consents.

Environmental incidents reported to the council's Environmental Hotline are investigated as and when they are reported. Details for environmental incidents in 2010-2011 can be found in the Environmental Incidents report card or at