In­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter 300 used nap­pies dumped

The Napier Mail - - FRONT PAGE - MARTY SHARPE

More than 300 used nap­pies have been found dumped on the banks of the Ngaruroro River.

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil’s rivers over­seer Lee Chris­ti­son said the nap­pies were found last week as part of a rou­tine rub­bish check by the coun­cil’s works group.

They were found at the Car­rick Rd ac­cess to the river, about half­way be­tween Napier and Hast­ings

‘‘It looks like about 300 of them, but it could be more,’’ Chris­ti­son said.

‘‘We’ve got our pol­lu­tion guys out there in­ves­ti­gat­ing look­ing for clues as to who dumped them now.

‘‘If we find out who dumped them there will be ac­tion taken,’’ he said.

‘‘We do usu­ally find all sorts of stuff.

‘‘There are of­ten nap­pies, car­casses, house­hold rub­bish, the lot. It’s of­ten dumped in the wa­ter. But this is un­usual,’’ he said.

‘‘We were shocked by the scale of this dump­ing in­ci­dent,’’ Chris­ti­son said.

‘‘It’s dis­gust­ing to find some- thing like this pol­lut­ing the river­side. To some peo­ple this is ac­cept­able, but not to us,’’ he said.

All the nap­pies had been col­lected and dis­posed of at land­fill.

A coun­cil spokesman said the coun­cil was in­ves­ti­gat­ing and ‘‘any in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated’’.

‘‘En­force­ment ac­tion could in­clude pros­e­cu­tion, sub­ject to ev­i­dence. A lit­ter in­fringe­ment could be is­sued with a fine of up to $300.

‘‘If a dumper is con­firmed, they can be asked to pay or con­trib­ute to clean up costs.

‘‘Out­stand­ing fines re­lated to these in­ci­dents are of­ten dif­fi­cult to col­lect,’’ the spokesman said.

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