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New Zealand: Port Otago obtains consent to dump dredged spoil

News // March 3, 2017

Port Otago in New Zealand has received resource consent from Otago Regional Council to continue to use three marine sites adjacent to beaches to dump spoil from its routine channel dredging maintenance programme.

Local surfers, concerned the nationally recognised Aramoana beach break could be affected, and Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, were successful in having extra monitoring imposed in several areas, and had the length of the consent time reduced from 35 to 25 years.

Most concerns were raised by Dunedin's surfing community and scientists, on behalf of the iwi.

The ORC appointed a hearing committee, which looked at the issue between November and January, including site visits, and released its decision last week.

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