The Mackenzie District Council has been defending PC13 since 2007. It has been subject to 11 court decisions and cost the council more than $1.2 million.
Mayor Graham Smith said Mackenzie ratepayers were starting to lose patience with some of the “demands” from those opposed to the plan.
“It’s very disappointing,” he said.
Federated Farmers has filed a High Court appeal against a recent Environment Court decision that put in place protection for the Mackenzie Country’s outstanding landscape and natural values.
“EDS will be joining these proceedings shortly and will vigorously defend the Environment Court’s decision against Federated Farmers and press for an early hearing. “We are seeking funding support for our case,” Mr Taylor concluded.
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A photo sent in by Neil Sparks who confronted a group of German freedom campers after they lit a fire at The Pines on the shores of Lake Pukaki six metres away from a “light no fire” zone.
Professor Gerry Closs specialises in freshwater fish – and he says their populations are suffering. Photo: RNZ/Kate Gudsell
He said losing biodiversity made it more difficult for streams to process pollution, and a new pattern of decline was starting to emerge.
Dr Jan Wright is approaching the end of a decade-long stint as the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment. As Newsroom’s watchdog series continues, she explains why a Government Minister’s admission could be her sweetest moment yet.
OPINION: Sometimes the best thing to do is to just stop doing something bad. Last week’s Environment Court decision says there’s a strong case to stop free holding the South Island high country. The new Minister of Lands, Mark Mitchell, and the acting Commissioner of Crown Lands, Craig Harris, would do well to listen.
A minister’s remark that the intensification of dairy farming can’t go on is decades too late, says ecologist Mike Joy.
“We’ve had a beneficial shift in thinking around water quality which means that no-one is now denying that there’s a problem.”
“We no longer have to demonstrate there’s a problem, there’s plenty of information to show that there is, now we need to focus on finding the solutions to the problem.” Ken Taylor