Commissioners recently granted Watercare resource consent to destroy 3.5ha of native forest in Waima to make way for the replacement Huia Water Treatment Plant despite clear evidence that it will spread kauri dieback disease.
After evaluating the evidence, Auckland Council experts stated that the biosecurity risks posed by this proposal made it a non-starter and recommended that the commissioners DECLINE consent.
Public good does not justify a massive environmental wrong, especially when there are viable alternatives.
We have decided to continue to fight this by appealing to the Environment Court.
It’s time for Watercare to #thinkoutsidetheforest and we're going to make sure they do.