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Okere and Ohau structures consent decision made

Friday, 11 March 2011 10:00 a.m.

The decision has been made by commissioners to grant the consents for placement and operation of the Okere Gates and Ohau Weir. The structures control the levels and discharges from Lake Rotorua and Lake Rotoiti.

The decision was signed 27 January 2011 and received on 1 February 2011.  An appeal has since been lodged with the Environment Court by Ngati Pikiao.

Submitters that have expressed an interest in being party to the appeal, at this point in time, include Tapuika, Fish and Game and the Lake Rotoiti Community Association.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Group Manager Environmental Hazards, Ken Tarboton said the applicant would be happy to go through mediation with the appellants.

"The next step from here is mediation to see if issues raised through the appeal can be resolved," Mr Tarboton explained.

"If the issues are not able to be resolved through mediation, an Environment Court hearing will take place."


For further information please contact Group Manager Environmental Hazards, Ken Tarboton on 0800 884 880 ext 9512.

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