Dodgy Socialist Dam rooted as Maori win in Environment Court

The Dodgy Socialist dam in Hawkes Day would appear to be rooted after a win in the Environment Court by Ngati Kahungunu;

The Environment Court has backed the contention of Ngati Kahungunu Inc that Hawke’s Bay Regional Council was trying to dilute water quality standards for the region’s aquifers.

It ordered the council to restore to an objective in the regional resource management plan that there should be no degradation of existing groundwater quality in the Heretaunga Plains and Ruataniwha Plains aquifer system.

The council argued the objective was impossible to achieve.

The court said to not attempt to at least maintain the quality of water abdicates the functions of a regional council.  

It rejected the council’s push for an “over’s and unders” approach, where declines in quality in one place could be tolerated if there were improvements elsewhere.

Ngati Kahungunu chair Ngahiwi Tomoana says the case cost the iwi more than $100,000 to mount, but it had to ensure environmental standards were maintained.

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council needed to increase the nutrient overhead so they could build the dam. In plain english they wanted to pollute the Tukituki River even more after the dam was built.

Ngati Kahungunu objected to that and said to the court that the HBRC should be improving the aquifers not degrading them. The Environment Court agreed.

The economic case for the dam is poked, more so now the dam costs have ballooned. Also the environmental case for the dam is now rooted.

Time to close the project down. It was ill-conceived, a complete waste of ratepayers money and a dogmatic council has lost every single case in multiple courts because of their dodgy plans for the dodgy socialist dam.


– Waatea

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