Funding our Appeal to Save our Water
We are a dedicated volunteer group that have taken our plight to court, but we need YOUR help. Your donation will help us Save our Wai.Bay of Plenty
With your support so far we have been busy in court fighting for our right to appeal the consent applications by Cresswell (Nongfu), who wish to create an industrial scale expansion of the Otakiri Springs water bottling plant in the Whakatane District.
We went to Court in May 2019 for our Appeal to be heard and are currently awaiting the outcome - the Judge has indicated it may take 3 months for the decision and in the meantime we have our legal bills to pay, so please continue to support our efforts to Save our Wai from over-allocation and our environment from pollution.
Currently, Nongfu, a Chinese-owned multi-billion dollar water bottling company has successfully applied to the Bay of Plenty Regional Council (via its New Zealand owned subsidiary, Cresswell Enterprises) to take 1.1 million cubic metres of ancient groundwater from the pristine Otakiri acquifer.
Unless our appeal is successful, Nongfu will:
Replace an existing kiwifruit orchard with an industrial scale bottling plant
Dump 440,000 litres of treated wastewater per day into local waterways, which lead to the Tarawera river
Add an average of 202 truck movments per day from Otakiri (Whakatane) to the port of Tauranga via SH2 through Matata
Blow and fill 154,000 plastic bottles per hour, 24/7 every day of the year
Bay of Plenty Regional Council reports indicate the volume, source and recharge rates for this aquifer are not accurately known and some documents point to the aquifer already being over allocated before Nongfu received their consent.
We are a dedicated group of volunteers but we need help. Your donation will help us pay our lawyers and qualified experts to provide advice for our appeal.
Every dollar makes a difference and will help give us the experts we need to fight the multi-billion dollar giants and Save our Wai for future generations of Kiwis, instead of giving it away overseas.
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We have successfully come through our first court battle and mediation and a date has now been set in May for our appeal. Your donation will allow us to continue our fight and employ the legal experts we require to help be successful in our appeal.
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Just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who has donated, for your help in getting us to Court to challenge the expansion of Otakiri Springs - we really, truly couldn't do it without you.
The Hearing lasted a whole week and included Te Runanga o Ngati Awa's appeal against the water permit granted by the Bay of Plenty Regional Council.
Both Council's and Cresswell NZ defended the granting of the consents.
We spent a day and half at Mataatua Marae hearing the iwis' case. That was the highlight of the Hearing - Ngati Awa's hospitality was impressive and it was reassuring to see the passion for protecting te mauri o te wai. Also, their evidence and legal submissions were compelling.
From our perspective the hearing went well and we have given the Panel a lot to consider - as have Ngati Awa - but we obviously can't draw any conclusions at this point.
Judge Kirkpatrick has said we can expect the Decision within 3 months so we'll give you another update within that timeframe and as soon as we hear from the Court.
We still have huge bills to pay and a shortfall of funds available, so we need to keep fundraising.
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This page was created on 14 Jan 2019 and closes on 11 Jan 2020.