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Whangamata: Minister’s excuses don’t wash

Hon Nick Smith
National Party Environment Spokesman

19 September 2006

Whangamata: Minister’s excuses don’t wash

Conservation Minister Chris Carter’s excuses for breaking the law in the Whangamata Marina case do not wash and are not grounds for appeal, says National’s Environment spokesman, Nick Smith.

“Mr Carter’s excuses smack of desperation.

“This was not a particularly controversial or difficult consent. Over the past 15 years, previous ministers have considered more than 200 consents of this type covering huge port developments, sewage outfalls and large marinas, all without breaking the law.

“The Whangamata Marina Society has already waited 13 years and spent $1.5 million trying to get this consent. For the Minister to now appeal the High Court decision would just add insult to injury.

“Mr Carter cannot now untaint his tainted process.

“He should drop any notion of an appeal, apologise to the Whangamata Marina Society for breaking the law and costing them so much time and money, and pass the decision on the marina onto his associate or another minister,” says Dr Smith.


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