63 Determination of applications
(1) The Minister may determine an application for an access licence by
granting or refusing to grant the licence.
(2) An access licence is not to be granted unless the Minister is
(a) the granting of an access licence, or an access licence of the
category to which the application relates, is permitted by the relevant
provisions of a management plan or Minister’s plan,
(b) adequate arrangements are in force to ensure that minimal harm
will be done to any water source as a consequence of water being taken from
the water source under the licence.
(3) Despite subsection (1):
(a) a local water utility access licence may only be granted to a
local water utility, and
(b) a major utility access licence may only be granted to a major
(c) a regulated river (supplementary water) access licence may only be
granted to the holder of some other access licence.