Latest Environment Court Stories

2008-08-06 15:00:27

By VAN WEL, Alex TrustPower's hydro scheme passes its first hurdle. ALEX VAN WEL reports. Opponents of TrustPower's $280 million hydro electricity scheme in Marlborough say they will not give up their fight, despite resource consents being granted. In a long-awaited decision, the Marlborough District Council yesterday confirmed the power company could proceed with the controversial project - the biggest infrastructure development contemplated in the region - subject to conditions....

2008-07-07 15:00:25

By GERKEN, Sonia in Gore TRUSTPOWER does not want to pay the Gore District Council a development levy for its $380 million wind farm and is prepared to take its fight to the Environment Court. The company has lodged an appeal against its own project, taking issue with resource consent conditions relating to the levy, the exclusion of wind-farm landowners from a community consultation group and shadow flicker rules. If successful, TrustPower wants the council to cover the costs of its...

2008-06-26 15:02:43

By DONOGHUE, Tim MAORI are claiming the airspace above Rotorua Airport on behalf of a marae directly below flight paths for the proposed new international airport. The Ngati Uenukukopako iwi is making the claim after discovering at a recent Environment Court hearing in Rotorua that the airspace above their marae is controlled by the Civil Aviation Authority. It could give them control over operating hours, or the power to impose a curfew. Spokesman Te Ruapeka Taikato, in Wellington...

2008-06-19 03:00:16

By GORMAN, Paul Environment Canterbury will not reveal the cost of its Environment Court appeal on Banks Peninsula landscape protection. ECan has also decided not to appeal against the judgment to the High Court on points of law. In December last year, the regional council decided, behind closed doors, to appeal to the Environment Court an already protracted land-use case on rules surrounding Banks Peninsula land development. This month the court ruled that landowners were able to...

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