28 Mar 2011

Growers consider water consents

10:52 am on 28 March 2011

A group of growers west of Hastings will decide later this week whether they will accept or object to the water consents that they have been issued by Hawke's Bay Regional Council.

The 60 fruit and grape growers from the Twyford area had either requested new water consents, or more water from the Ruapare stream, than they had previously had consent for.

The council has turned down one application and granted most of the other applicants the same water consents they had previously.

It says extra takes have also only been granted for four years, and will have a higher low-flow limit when water bans come into force during summer.

Twyford Water Users group spokesperson Ru Collin says growers will meet on Thursday to discuss whether they will appeal these consents.

He says some of them are very complex and varied and the group is seeking some clarification from the regional council about how the decisions were made.

Mr Collin says if, after that, the applicants are happy that will be the end of it, but if they are unhappy they will be looking at other options which could include the Environment Court.

The water consents process has been a very long and drawn out affair with the Hawke's Bay Regional Council, he says.