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Central Otago Mirror - - LAKE HAYES A&P SHOW -

Con­cerns have been raised by some Jack­son Bay lo­cals,

Her­itage New Zealand, For­est & Bird and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion ad­vo­cates.

‘‘This is a com­mu­nity re­source that’s owned by all New Zealan­ders, com­ing out of a na­tional park, and a se­lect few are go­ing to profit from that,’’ said

Jen Branje of the NZ Wa­ter Fo­rum, a group pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able wa­ter use.

‘‘Peo­ple go to Haast to be dec­i­mated by sand flies and see the view, they don’t want to see gi­ant ships out in the bay wait­ing to suck our wa­ter away.’’

She said those who took wa­ter should be re­quired to pay for it, with the money used to fund projects such as in­fra­struc­ture up­grades.

Be­cause of the time taken to get the con­sents, some had ex­pired and had to be reap­proved. The reap­proval of wa­ter take con­sents late last year was not pub­licly no­ti­fied by the West Coast Re­gional Coun­cil.

For­est & Bird Can­ter­bury West Coast con­ser­va­tion man­ager Jen Miller said it was con­cern­ing such a large project was not pub­licly no­ti­fied and the group would be fol­low­ing up.

She said part of the pipe­line would run through the con­ser­va­tion es­tate and through habi­tat of the Haast brown kiwi, the rarest kiwi sub-species. It has a pop­u­la­tion of about 400 and is classed as na­tion­ally crit­i­cal by DOC.

The con­sent ap­pli­ca­tion said the com­pany would work with DOC to cre­ate a kiwi pro­tec­tion plan and that it was un­likely any kiwi were at risk.

Hear­ings are set to take place in West­land next month.

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