Hearing Commissioner

Dr Ausseil has completed the Ministry for the Environment’s Making Good Decisions programme and is an accredited RMA Hearing Commissioner. He is available to act as independent hearing commissioner on both resource consent and plan hearing panels where the involvement of experienced technical practioners is required.

Main Projects

New Zealand Defence Force, discharge of treated wastewater to the Waitangi Stream

June 2011: Dr Ausseil was appointed as independent hearing commissioner by Horizons Regional Council to hear a series of applications by the New Zealand Defence Force for the discharge of treated wastewater from the Waiouru wastewater treatment plant to the Waitangi Stream. The Panel comprised Councillor Jill White, Mrs Christine Foster (Panel Chair) and Dr Olivier Ausseil. The applications were heard on 21-22 June 2012 in Ohakune.

New Zealand Defence Force, discharge of wet-weather flows from the Waiouru treatment plant

January-Jul 2011: The Waiouru wastewater treatment plant hearing was reconvened on 27th February in Ohakune to hear an additional application by New Zealand Defence Force for the discharge of wet-weather flows to the Waitangi Stream.