4 Jun 2010

Central Plains Water looking to deal with Synlait

6:40 am on 4 June 2010

Central Plains Water is optimistic a deal can be struck with dairy processor Synlait on use of water from the Rakaia River in the South Island.

Chairman Pat Morrison says the irrigation company is having amicable discussions with the dairy processing company and an agreement would be to the advantage of both parties.

Such a deal would end a Supreme Court case about the interpretation of the Resource Management Act.

Waatea News reports this has alarmed Lake Waikaremoana claimant Vern Winitana from Ngati Ruapani, who was granted intervenor status allowing him to make submissions to the court.

He says it's a case that needs to be heard.