Ap­peal may pre­cip­i­tate move

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Ara­puni Milk could be on the move, to Oko­roire.

Zoagn, the back­ers of the milk pow­der fac­tory planned for Ara­puni, are look­ing at a site in Oko­roire fol­low­ing ap­peals to their re­source con­sent.

The Ara­puni Milk plant was granted re­source con­sent in Oc­to­ber and has been ap­pealed by Ngati Koroki Kahukura Trust lead­ing to con­cerns from South Waikato District mayor Neil Sin­clair that Zoagn would pull out of the district.

While the com­pany has said it was con­fi­dent of re­solv­ing its is­sues with the trust the South Waikato News un­der­stands it has also been look­ing at other sites for its dairy plant. A prop­erty owner in Oko­roire said they had been con­tacted about a pos­si­ble dairy fac­tory op­po­site their farm in Somerville Rd.

Mr Sin­clair con­firmed Oko­roire was a pos­si­ble site for Ara­puni Milk.

He said if neigh­bours of the site gave their ap­proval then sev­eral as­pects of the re­source con­sents for the fac­tory could be car­ried over from Ara­puni with­out the need for un­der­tak­ing a new re­source con­sent process.

Mr Sin­clair said the Oko­roire site could mean some of the ap­prox­i­mately 70 em­ploy­ees at the fac­tory may live out of the district in Mata­mata.

How­ever keep­ing the dairy fac­tory in the South Waikato would still pro­vide eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the district he said.

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