19-08-2014 02:06 AM | New Zealand

Ngai Tahu appeal disappoints farmers

Ngai Tahu's $400 million investment in a North Canterbury dairy conversion meant an Environment Court appeal to restrictions on its plans was inevitable, farming and environmental groups say.

In July, Ngai Tahu Farming was granted a limited resource consent to irrigate about 7000 hectares of its 8596ha Balmoral Forest farming conversion - a fifth of what it had asked for from Environment Canterbury (ECan).

The conversion attracted criticism when proposed because of the environmental impact on the nearby Hurunui River, and this had been taken into account when commissioners made their decision.
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