Central Leader - - OPINION -

The Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board sup­ports strong ac­tion against peo­ple who de­lib­er­ately or neg­li­gently de­spoil our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and we are pleased that Auck­land Coun­cil has suc­ceeded in pros­e­cut­ing the neg­li­gent com­pany, which has re­cently been fined $42,750 in the Dis­trict Court.

Most peo­ple and com­pa­nies be­have re­spon­si­bly, and it is dis­ap­point­ing when the ac­tions of a few cause so much dam­age. We hope this fine helps to de­ter fu­ture neg­li­gence of this kind.

The Wairaki Stream spill was spot­ted early and the dam­age limited be­cause it was spot­ted by Friends of Oak­ley creek co-or­di­na­tor Wendy Johns. Lo­cal res­i­dents can re­port spills or other pol­lu­tion to the coun­cil by call­ing 377 3107.

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