Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Full speed ahead for water agreements despite appeal

Media Release

18 July 2014

HBRIC Ltd reassures farmers it is full speed ahead for signing up water agreements despite appeal

The Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company Limited (HBRIC Ltd) is reassuring farmers signing up to take water from the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme that it is full speed ahead despite an appeal to the Board of Inquiry’s final decision on the scheme and Tukituki Plan Change 6.

Hawke’s Bay & Eastern Fish & Game Councils lodged an appeal to the Board’s final decision at the last minute yesterday.

HBRIC Ltd Chief Executive Andrew Newman says potential water users need to know that HBRIC Ltd is very confident the Board’s final decision provides a workable consent for the scheme, and HBRIC Ltd will be advising the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council of this at its meeting on 30 July.

“HBRIC Ltd is also of the view that the RWSS combined with the Tukituki Plan Change will deliver both environmental improvements for the river and a more resilient and prosperous economy,” says Mr Newman.

“It is unfortunate that Fish & Game has decided to appeal the Board’s final decision. There has been an extremely robust process resulting in what Fish & Game Chief Executive Bryce Johnson, said on 30 June ‘remains a significant victory for freshwater quality’.

Mr Newman says Fish & Game’s decision to appeal completely contradicts that statement and indicates that the appeal is simply a delaying tactic, rather than having any substance to it. It also indicates that Fish & Game’s position is very narrowly focused.

He says HBRIC Ltd is, however, hopeful the appeal can be heard with some urgency so that this delay does not prejudice the existing commercial negotiations.

Mr Newman says in its final decision the Board corrected certain aspects of its draft decision, which the Board described as having unintended effects. Through its appeal Fish & Game is seeking to have those corrections reversed.

He says HBRIC Ltd staff are working closely with farmers keen to sign water contracts with the scheme and this process will continue despite the appeal, as HBRIC Ltd has confidence in the Board’s final decision.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Sky City : Auckland Convention Centre Cost Jumps By A Fifth

SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how to fund the increased cost of as much as $130 million to build an international convention centre in downtown Auckland, with further gambling concessions ruled out. The Auckland-based company has increased its estimate to build the centre to between $470 million and $530 million as the construction boom across the country drives up building costs and design changes add to the bill.
More>>

ALSO:

RMTU: Mediation Between Lyttelton Port And Union Fails

The Rail and Maritime Union (RMTU) has opted to continue its overtime ban indefinitely after mediation with the Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) failed to progress collective bargaining. More>>

Earlier:

Science Policy: Callaghan, NSC Funding Knocked In Submissions

Callaghan Innovation, which was last year allocated a budget of $566 million over four years to dish out research and development grants, and the National Science Challenges attracted criticism in submissions on the government’s draft national statement of science investment, with science funding largely seen as too fragmented. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Spark, Voda And Telstra To Lay New Trans-Tasman Cable

Spark New Zealand and Vodafone, New Zealand’s two dominant telecommunications providers, in partnership with Australian provider Telstra, will spend US$70 million building a trans-Tasman submarine cable to bolster broadband traffic between the neighbouring countries and the rest of the world. More>>

ALSO:

More:

Statistics: Current Account Deficit Widens

New Zealand's annual current account deficit was $6.1 billion (2.6 percent of GDP) for the year ended September 2014. This compares with a deficit of $5.8 billion (2.5 percent of GDP) for the year ended June 2014. More>>

ALSO:

Still In The Red: NZ Govt Shunts Out Surplus To 2016

The New Zealand government has pushed out its targeted return to surplus for a year as falling dairy prices and a low inflation environment has kept a lid on its rising tax take, but is still dangling a possible tax cut in 2017, the next election year and promising to try and achieve the surplus pledge on which it campaigned for election in September. More>>

ALSO:

Job Insecurity: Time For Jobs That Count In The Meat Industry

“Meat Workers face it all”, says Graham Cooke, Meat Workers Union National Secretary. “Seasonal work, dangerous jobs, casual and zero hours contracts, and increasing pressure on workers to join non-union individual agreements. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news