8 Aug 2009

Paper mill should close says campaigner

3:55 pm on 8 August 2009

An opponent of the Kawerau paper mill's right to discharge into a nearby river says the mill has done enough damage and should close.

Norske Skog and Carter Holt Tasman want to renew their resource consent to dump wastewater into the Tarawera River.

Maanu Paul from Ngati Awa says the plant has degraded the river for more than 50 years and denied generations access to traditional food sources.

He told Waatea News on Friday his iwi is sick of paying the price for the mill's profit sheet.

Mr Paul says he will state his case at next week's Bay of Plenty regional council resource consent hearings.