Docusi appeals against disputed ō Curry water deal

The Department of Conservation is considering an appeal for the controversial Far North Peninsula Water Treaty today.

Avocados growing near Hohorara in Northland.
Photo LDR / Northern Defender / Peter de Graff

Northland’s horticultural development, with a capacity of more than $ 145 million on 24 properties on the Far North Kuri Peninsula, has received licenses to extract 4.5 million cubic meters of groundwater per year from the underwater Puri Creek.

Senior Wellington D.C. headquarters staff and Northland managers are meeting to appeal this week’s decision by independent commissioners to allow more than 1,800 Olympic swimming pools to be grounded each year.

DoC has filed a similar application for the 2018 Motutangi-Waiharara Water Users Group (MWWUG) with 17 avocado growers. This agreement went to the local court and then to the Supreme Court.

Commissioners David Hill and Peter Callander on Tuesday submitted applications to the Nland Regional Council (NRC) for 22 members of the Aupōuri Aquifer Water User Group (AAWUG).

Dr. has until September 21 to appeal the decision.

Myrene Hardy-Birch, operations manager at Dosi Kaitaya Operations, said the organization is responsible for conserving natural resources.

Northland’s important 4,000 hectares of Kaimaumau swamps are home to natural water features, including forests and streams.

Opponent of the AAWUG agreement, Karen Nicora, said she was “deeply saddened” by the decision.

One of her concerns was that the avocado was one of the many toxic chemicals used in groundwater.

Newly planted avocado plantations near Kaitaya, north of Waharara.  Photo / Peter de Graph

Newly planted avocado plantations near Kaitaya, north of Waharara.
Photo LDR / Northern Defender / Peter de Graff

The 216-page decision, released by the Northland Regional Council on Tuesday, follows a three-day hearing in Kaita in September.

This week’s decision was approved by more than 80 percent of 113 original offers.

According to the NRC, 92 of the 113 submissions received on the day were opposed by seven independent and two in favor. The NRC later accepted 18 late goals.

Key issues raised include long-term impacts on the reservoir, impacts on existing reservoirs, water quality and pollution, ecological impacts, salt water interventions, cultural issues and more.

The commissioners said that although the total number of drafts requested was large, the evidence was relatively small compared to the annual reservoir flow and was relatively stable.

According to the regional council, an average of 2,850 million cubic meters of groundwater is stored in the AWI system.

Commissioners can take a total of 4,519,984 cubic meters per year.

Far north iwi Te Aupōuri has replaced the former 300 hectares of land and surveyed pastoralist farms as part of the new horticultural development.

Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri CEO Marieneno Kapa-King said the approval is positive news.

Kapa-Kingi (Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa) says it has increased its determination to move forward to determine how best to use the land, using options such as avocados, berries or citrus.

“When our land blossoms and blooms, so do we,” said Kapa-Kingi.

“Our young people feel better about themselves when they have a job. They contribute more to their families and grandchildren. The young people who come after them may look at them with action (as a strong example). It is all built for strong Maori communities.

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Teurori can determine the best options for land use, including avocados, berries or citrus, says Mariano Kapa-King.
Photo RNZ / Carol Steeles

Up to 150 new jobs are expected in AAWUG’s horticulture.

Ian Broadcasters, the manager of Kaumaumau Horticulture, Mapuawa Vegetation Manager and AAWUG applicant, said he has accepted the same strong management control for MWW.

These include the level of horticultural development. As the Aquarius water levels were declining, the trigger level was a warning and in turn required productive measures, including a reduction in usage. Farmers had to submit irrigation management plans to the NRC.

Farmers, like any other community, are committed to the sustainable use of the Kuri groundwater in the community.

“There are a lot of people who are worried about drinking water,” Broadcasters said. These concerns are reflected in us (gardeners). ”

We all care about the sustainability of water use in the same way.

“We are all on the same page.

Groundwater harvesting will take 24 properties north of the Kuri Peninsula.

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa Chairman Hami Peripi said the license gave him a chance.

The property of Ahirapara, owned by Commonwealth Takoto / Te Rarawa on the southern shore of the market garden, is one of the planned developments.

“It’s a great day for science and business, they have a good dance together,” Prippi said.

It was good for food security and sustainability for swimmers and communities.

Honey also provides clean drinking water to meet the needs of the community.

Two independent review panels will be set up. One is comprised of two irrigators, and the other is a hydro hydrologist and an ecologist “to adequately cover concerns about wetlands.”

If you need to reduce drafts to avoid unacceptable results, the panels may offer advice.

The licenses will be valid for 12 years until November 2033.

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