18 Dec 2010

Iwi not giving up fight against Tasman mill discharges

7:33 pm on 18 December 2010

A Bay of Plenty iwi says it will not give up its legal fight against river pollution from the Tasman pulp and paper mill, despite losing a court appeal.

Ngati Rangitihi went to the High Court to have 25-year permits issued to Carter Holt Harvey and Norske Skog last year shortened, but the appeal has been rejected.

The mill has been discharging black coloured waste water into the Tarawera River since 1955.

Te Rangatiratanga O Ngati Rangitihi secretary David Potter says the High Court decision is very disappointing, but the iwi has wide support to keep pursuing appeals all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.