3 Sep 2009

DoC accused of keeping group in the dark over deal

7:58 am on 3 September 2009

Fish & Game says it was kept in the dark by the Department of Conservation while it worked on a deal with Trustpower, involving DoC not opposing a hydro-scheme in Marlborough.

DoC has revealed details of the deal regarding the scheme on the Wairau River.

It says it's ensured a future for endangered black-fronted terns.

But the Fish & Game says that's not the case. Regional manager Neil Deans told Morning Report the organisation was deliberately kept out of discussions.

DoC says its records clearly show Fish & Game was advised of the talks.