April 02, 2015
Sustained pressure by Manawatu iwi Te Roopu Taiao O Ngati Whakatere and other community groups has been rewarded with an innovative solution to Shannon’s wastewater.
After two years of discussion and negotiation, the Environment Court has granted Horowhenua District Council a resource consent to discharge treated effluent over 65 hectares of council-owned land land, rather than directly into the Manawatu River.
Any wastewater discharged to the river will be via two land-passage systems, an artificial wetland and a gently sloping channel planted with grass, flaxes and other suitable plants.
The consent runs for 34 years.
Council chief executive David Clapperton says the decision reflects the effective collaboration between all contributors to the consenting process, so that by the end there was no opposition to the proposal.
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