Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Consultation On Meridian's Lower Waitaki Hydro

Lee Looks Forward To Consultation On Meridian's Lower Waitaki Hydro Scheme

Conservation Minister Sandra Lee is looking forward to consultation between her department and Meridian Energy before the company lodges resource consent applications for the $970M Lower Waitaki hydro scheme it announced today.

"I am pleased that Meridian has indicated an intention to consult with appropriate organisations early in the process," she said.

"Because any hydro development in the area is likely to be a medium to long term process, it is important that the community has sufficient and timely information to work through the impact of the company's proposals," Ms Lee said.

"The Department of Conservation has a statutory role to advocate for the conservation values of the Lower Waitaki and will do so in discussions with the company, and in its submission on the resource consent application," she said.

"Until the application has been assessed by the department, I am not in a position to comment on the potential effect of the proposed development on conservation values."

Hydro development in the Lower Waitaki has been on the books for at least two decades, but none of the earlier schemes proposed ever went ahead.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news