January 27, 2017
Ruanui angry at EPA tactics
Te Runanga o Ngati Ruanui is accusing Environmental Protection Authority officials of deliberately making it hard for south Taranaki residents to voiced concerns over sand mining off their coast.
Chief executive Debbie Ngarewa-Packer says in 2014 when Australian company Trans Tasman Resources made its first unsuccessful consent application, the EPA was inclusive and transparent.
This time hearings will be in New Plymouth and Wellington rather than Hawera or Patea.
Ngati Ruanui had to go to court to get documents and vidoes the company tried to conceal and to fight unrealistic timetables.
Ms Ngarewa-Packer says it seems as if officials are taking a hard stance against the iwi because it challenged processes where obvious mistakes were made.
She is calling on EPA chair Kerry Prendergast to take charge and do what is right for those most affected by the mining proposal.
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