The battle for the Mackenzie

Sheep on a high country station.

STACY SQUIRES/FAIRFAX NZ

Sheep on a high country station.

A story that began thousands of years ago, when the desert-like Mackenzie Basin was formed by the retreat of vast, ice age glaciers, may end its latest chapter here: a drab meeting room in a Christchurch hotel.

The Environment Court is hearing a case that has entered its 10th year.

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