DoC may ap­peal

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion is con­sid­er­ing whether to ap­peal the de­ci­sion to al­low 17 ap­pli­cants to take more than two mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of ground­wa­ter on the Aupouri Penin­sula per an­num.

The North­land Re­gional Coun­cil com­mis­sion­ers’ de­ci­sion is also of con­cern within the lo­cal com­mu­nity. In March We Are Wa­ter spokes­woman Karen Niko­raKerr said not only was such a large take un­nec­es­sary, but po­ten­tially risked the con­tin­ued use of shal­low bores and salt­wa­ter intrusion into the aquifer.

Lo­cal peo­ple and en­vi­ron­men­tal groups have also com­plained of a lack of con­sul­ta­tion, and the de­struc­tion of ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites, dune sys­tems and other nat­u­ral features dur­ing the ap­pli­cants’ av­o­cado or­chard devel­op­ment.

Fiona Fur­rell, from the North­land En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety, said the con­sent amounted to “wait and see if a worst-case sce­nario oc­curs, then try to do some­thing about it.” She also claimed that the or­chard devel­op­ments had de­stroyed an en­tire dune sys­tem, land had been flat­tened right up to a pa site, and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites had been “an­ni­hi­lated.”

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