$100m milk plant given green light
Almost a year after plans were revealed to Arapuni residents the town’s new milk powder processing facility has the green light.
Arapuni Milk has been granted resource consent by South Waikato District Council and Environment Waikato.
The plan to build the plant was presented at a meeting in Arapuni in October.
A resource consent hearing was held earlier this month for the development which will provide permanent employment to around 55 people.
The plant will be built in two stages.
Once both are complete it will have the capacity to process more than 500 million litres of milk a year.
This milk supply is to be sourced from farmers in the South Waikato District as well as Te
The plant will be built in two stages. Once both are complete
it will have the capacity to process more than 500 million
litres of milk a year
Awamutu, Cambridge, Matamata and Morrinsville.
At the resource consent hearing in Putaruru it was heard the plant already had 32 farmers who had agreed in principle to supply it with milk.
The company is understood to be looking for up to 90 milk suppliers.
It could however receive milk from Fonterra in its initial stages as legislation requires the cooperative to supply to new plants.
The plant will have a construction spend of about $100 million and an annual wage bill of around $4 million, much of which will be spent locally.
It is estimated that once up and running the first stage of the development, which will cater for 220 million litres of milk a year, will be worth $250 million to the New Zealand economy annually.
The plant’s site, which is 14ha, is to the north of Arapuni on land formerly used for dairy cattle.
The plant is the second to gain resource consent in the South Waikato this year, joining a dairy factory planned for Tokoroa.