25 Sep 2013

Dairy farmer likely to defend new effluent charges

11:48 pm on 25 September 2013

A South Island dairy farmer has indicated he will plead not guilty to fresh charges of unlawfully discharging effluent at his Matakitaki farm near Murchison.

Phillip Woolley has a history of environmental breaches at farms he owns in Nelson and Marlborough and has been taken to court by the Tasman District Council.

He faces eight charges, while his company, Awarua Farm Ltd, and his farm manager face four charges each.

Mr Woolley's lawyer says he will most likely plead not guilty at a status hearing in the next few weeks.

Last month, Phillip Woolley was fined $38,000 and given two months' home detention for driving a tractor through a protected Blenheim wetland in May 2010.