3 Apr 2019

Residents angry as West Coast council looks at stopbank removal

From Morning Report, 7:40 am on 3 April 2019
The Waiho Bridge on State Highway 6.

The Waiho Bridge on State Highway 6. Photo: Wayne Costello / DOC

The West Coast Regional Council is looking at removing the Waiho River's stopbanks at Franz Josef and letting it revert to its old flood plain, potentially swallowing up thousands of hectares of farmland. But the Westland District Council and locals are vehemently opposed to the idea, unless central government is prepared to stump up millions in compensation. Kate Gudsell reports.