24 Feb 2021

New Plymouth environment court dishes out hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fines

From Morning Report, 8:47 am on 24 February 2021

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines have been handed out at the Environment Court in New Plymouth over ecological blunders.

The lapses include a 60-tonne fatberg that blocked a sewage pump station and sent faecal matter readings in the harbour to record levels.

In another incident, a sewage spill into a Bell Block stream killed more than a thousand fish and eels, discolouring the ocean up to a kilometre out to sea.

Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin was in court.