Wairarapa Water Use project concerns remain

Key environmental and economic concerns hang over the Tividale and Black Creek options outlined in the Wairarapa Water Use project’s report, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.

“Local people will be concerned that both options in the report call for the flooding of up to 30 properties.

“While there will be relief that the Mangatarere Stream option has not been considered, there will be other economic and environmental impact concerns as well.

“There are already water quality issues in catchment areas, and this report still does not provide any certainty on river nutrient limits to ensure their protection.

“There is still no certainty on the price of the water, the affordability to farmers or their capacity to carry this cost. Despite the significant investment, the jobs created by the project will only be short-term.

 “Any water storage options should not threaten the land, livelihood and lifestyles of people and communities who have an economic, social and cultural commitment to the land.

“These feasibility studies must ensure transparency, and a thorough investigation of all economic considerations and environmental threats. These two water storage options must also be financially and environmentally sound,” Meka Whaitiri says.