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Mining rights not fit basis for irrigation

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Niall Watson

Transition from century-old mining privileges needs a firm policy base, writes Niall Watson. Otago rivers deserve that.

Central Otago irrigators are upset at the prospect of short-term five-year consents to take irrigation water to replace their century-old mining privileges which all expire in October 2021.

They argue vehemently for a continuation of consent processing under the current freshwater policy framework despite it being described in the recent Skelton Report as inadequate and resulting in the unsatisfactory ad hoc planning. The report goes on to say ORC needs to urgently develop a........

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