Media advisory – Astrolabe Reef
Plenty Regional Council would like to dispel concerns raised
in the media about the environmental status of Otaiti
“The process of identifying the Reef’s status in
the Regional Policy Statement (RPS) still has a long way to
go,” the Regional Council’s General Manager Strategy
Fiona McTavish said.
“Before the grounding of the Rena
in October 2011, Otaiti Reef was identified in the draft RPS
as a natural feature of outstanding natural character,”
“We are now updating the RPS. Because of the
Rena casualty we have understandably deferred the process of
identifying the reef's natural character until all
information about the impact, including physical and
scientific effects, is available,” she said.
comment about the final identification in the Council’s
Regional Policy Statement is premature,” she
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