FOREST & BIRD
The Mackenzie Basin between Twizel and Omarama in 2010.
Intensive farming in the Mackenzie Basin is contributing to the permanent loss of ecosystems found nowhere else in the world, experts say.
A decade-long legal battle over proposed rules that would limit development in the area is continuing in the Environment Court in Christchurch.
A costly, decade-long regulatory battle over land use in the Mackenzie Basin has moved into what its participants hope is the final chapter.
The Mackenzie District Council has been defending its Plan Change 13 since 2007, costing the small authority more than $1 million.
There is to be a sitting of the Environment Court commencing Monday, 30 January 2017 at 10am in the Tower Room, Chateau on the Park, 189 Deans Avenue, Riccarton, Christchurch…..
A nor’wester is whistling down the lake and rattling at the windows of Mike and Louise Neilson’s Lake Ohau Lodge.
The snow has mostly gone from the slopes of the Ohau Range, from where skiers and boarders at the Neilsons’ small skifield can look eastwards across a vast landscape sculpted by glaciers and desiccating wind, and rippled by the ancient movement of meltwater and braided rivers.
Benmore Irrigation Company has lodged an appeal against decisions of Environment Canterbury commissioners to decline its resource consent applications.
The company last year applied for resource consent to increase its irrigation area by 3666.5ha to 7658ha and to discharge onto land nitrates that may enter water.
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Loopholes that allowed much-criticised vegetation clearance in the Mackenzie District will be closed before Christmas.
Concerns over the rate of indigenous vegetation being cleared in the district sparked a legal challenge by the Environmental Defence Society (EDS), which was heard under urgency in the Environment Court in Christchurch last week.
The Mackenzie District Council and the Environmental Defence Society have reached an agreement that settles EDS’s Declaration Proceedings regarding land conversion in the Mackenzie District.
The settlement involves a commitment from the Council, subject to its statutory duties, to introduce a Plan Change before Christmas that will temporarily suspend the exemption provisions from its district plan for a period of 12 months. The expectation is that within that time completely new plan provisions will be put in place. The Environment Court made orders late yesterday effectively endorsing the approach.
Court action by the Environmental Defence Society is meddling in the development of the Mackenzie Basin, Federated Farmers high country chairman Simon Williamson says.
(Sailors Cutting on the southern side on the Ahuriri arm of Lake Benmore an area Fish and Game is concerned would be contaminated by run off from farms.)
Benmore Irrigation Company shareholders are “hugely disappointed” after an application to extend the area it irrigates in the Mackenzie Basin was declined, chairman Henry Williamson says.