Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Flooding at Hari Hari Disrupts Milk Collection


Flooding at Hari Hari Disrupts Milk Collection

Severe flooding on the South Island’s West Coast has washed out the approaches to the Wanganui River Bridge on the West Coast highway, cutting off some 50 farmer suppliers to Westland Milk Products.

Milk may have to be disposed of depending on how long it takes to restore access across the bridge. Westland spokesperson Bernard May says it could be up to three days before tankers can get back into the area.

Bernard says that the situation has been complicated by the fact that the flooding also took out a fibre optic cable running alongside the bridge, meaning telephone and internet contact with farmers is not possible except for those who happen to be in good cell phone reception areas.

“We are working urgently to get messages to farmers by any means possible about how to cope with this situation,” Bernard says. “Farmers are being told to dispose of their milk through their normal effluent disposal systems so we can avoid pollution of local waterways. They are being asked to only dispose of enough milk to allow them to store their most recent milking. This controlled release, along with the huge amount of water in local catchments and on the paddocks at the moment will minimise any environmental effects.

Westland is working with the Regional Council in respect of minimising any environmental impact of milk disposal and with transport authorities to do what can be done to get the access restored as soon as possible.

Bernard May says this includes sending a staff member equipped with a satellite phone by helicopter to the affected area to communicate directly with farmer shareholders.

“We understand the local telephone exchange is still working, so by getting our man down there we can get information to farmers quickly. We’re also putting notices on radio stations to help ensure every farmer gets the message and knows what to do.

“However, as a general rule, West Coast farmers plan for events like this because of the very nature of the country they are farming in. Many will have large capacity effluent storage ponds and will know to only release the minimum amounts necessary to take on any new milking.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news