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Large fine for effluent and earthworks

30 October 2019


Waikato farmer Randal Greenbank and his company, Whakapona Farms Ltd, have been convicted and fined a total of $96,000 for unlawfully discharging effluent into the environment and undertaking unlawful earthworks.

On 24 July 2018 a proactive farm inspection by Waikato Regional Council staff at the Te Kauwhata property found an effluent storage pond had been overflowing into a nearby waterway and effluent from a travelling irrigator was running into a farm drain.

While at the property, council staff also inspected earthworks being undertaken by Mr Greenbank to form a driveway as part of a lifestyle block subdivision. They discovered the earthworks had resulted in large volumes of soil being excavated with no erosion or sediment controls, resulting in sediment entering two streams. The streams had been diverted and/or the stream beds excavated.

Following another inspection on 11 September 2018, council staff again found the travelling irrigator over-irrigating effluent that ran off into a farm drain.

The waterways to which the effluent and sediment was discharged ultimately fed into the Whangamarino Wetland, which is listed as being of international significance.

Whakapona Farms Ltd and Mr Greenbank were subsequently prosecuted by the council for breaches under the Resource Management Act and sentenced in the Hamilton District Court by Judge Melinda Dickey.

A conviction and fine of $64,125 was imposed on Whakapona Farms Ltd regarding the three unlawful effluent discharges, while Mr Greenbank was convicted and fined $32,062.50 for the unlawful earthworks.

Judge Dickey noted the effluent offending was highly reckless and that the earthworks were careless to the highest degree and that Mr Greenbank simply didn’t pay any particular regard or have any concern for the requirements of the relevant planning documents.

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