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Controversial Mackenzie farm gets pivotal consent – David Williams, Newsroom

Pivot irrigators can be turned on at the country’s highest-profile dairy conversion.           In the end it came down to grass, council inaction, and an extraordinary notion of fairness. A consent has been granted by an independent commissioner allowing water to flow through six pivot irrigators at Mackenzie Basin’s Simons Pass Station, south of Lake Pūkaki.

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As democracy returns, a river of unease still flows – David Williams, Newsroom

The cairn was erected on a bitterly cold June day in 2010, a few months after the John Key-led Government sacked Environment Canterbury councillors, replacing them with appointed commissioners. Ostensibly the regional councillors were dismissed for mismanagement, but it was widely seen as a water grab – a chance for the Government to take control and promote irrigation schemes.

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