8 Oct 2019

Peatland controversy over Wellington housing development

From Morning Report, 8:41 am on 8 October 2019

A housing development near Wellington was given the go-ahead despite conflicting reports on the significance of the land. Environmentalists say the land at Mangaroa in Upper Hutt is a rare and precious peatland. But the Wellington Regional Council removed it from its list of classified wetlands, opening it up for future development. It's now emerged that in 2012 the Wellington Regional Council published two reports on Mangaroa -- one said the area had no environmental significance but the other described it as being scientifically and aesthetically significant. Harry Lock reports.