11 Sep 2012

Maori residents oppose rubbish transfer station

6:31 am on 11 September 2012

Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell says Maori should have been better consulted about a plan to set up a rubbish transfer station in Rotorua.

An independent commissioner has granted the Transpacific Industries Group a resource consent to build the station.

It will be built on the corner of Te Ngae Road and Hamiora Place in the suburb of Ngapuna.

The plan has angered some Maori residents, who plan to take the matter to the Environment Court.

Mr Flavell feels Rotorua District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council should have spent more time consulting tangata whenua from Ngapuna.

He says it would have been wise for the councils to tread more carefully with people in Ngapuna, especially after local government had considered an idea of re-directing a state highway nearby through the suburb.