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Published: Tuesday 20 August, 2013

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The tribe has held a series of meetings at Matata to work out their claims and discuss their opposition to resource consent applications by Norske Skog and Carter Holt Harvey to continue discharging effluent into the river, and gases and dust to the air.

Ngati Rangitihi leader Tipene Marr said the loss of food resources caused by mill pollution added up to about $50 million for the families involved and that was what they would be seeking.

The Kawerau pulp and paper mills have been operating since the 1950s and for most of that time they were permitted to discharge wastes into the river and the air under a special enabling law.

Mr Marr said considering the Crown initially owned 51 per cent of the Tasman mill and shared in the responsibility for the mills pollution, it was fitting the compensation claim should go to the Waitangi Tribunal.

In the mid1990s, the discharges came under the umbrella of the Resource Management Act.

Environment Bay of Plenty, which is the acts main administering body as far as mill pollution is concerned, has required higher standards for mill discharges.

Norske Skog Tasman and Carter Holt Harvey Tasman are seeking to renew their resource consents for their discharges at a twoweek joint hearing by EnvBOP and the Whakatane District Council.

But the companies say they have cleaned up their discharges as far as the available technology has allowed them, and there is little room for improvement.

Mr Marr said that was not good enough and N designer handbags gati Rangitihi would call for higher standards during the hearing.

For example, the iwi were seeking to have the river redirected through the Matata lagoon. But the tribe appear likely to be disappointed.

In an overview of the legal issues arising from the hearing, EnvBOPs counsel Paul Cooney told the hearings committee that opposition to the consent applications on the grounds that Treaty claims to the river would be compromised were irrelevant.

The Green Party, too, was likely to be disappointed. It wanted stricter control on greenhouse gases emitted from the mill.

But Mr Cooney said the committee was not legally allowed to recognise designer designer handbags handbags the effects of such a discharge on climate change, because it was an issue to be dealt with at a national level. designer handbags