[1 June/ Stuff]

Environmental and community groups are considering their next action if Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy invokes section 360A of the Resource Management Act to overrule aquaculture rules set by the council, allowing the relocation of six salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds to proceed. If Mr Guy approves the relocation bid, the only option for opposition groups is to seek a judicial review. Environmental Defence Society Chief Executive Gary Taylor said the organisation had concerns that the move fast tracks normal planning processes, intervention rights are constrained and shows the Minister has the power to override the Marlborough District Council. Guardians of the Sounds Spokeswoman Clare Pinder said the only thing opposition could do is wait for Mr Guy’s decision, and then decide what action to take regarding a judicial review. New Zealand King Salmon Chief Executive Grant Rosewarne said if the Minister decided not to support the farm relocations, King Salmon would go through the RMA processes to seek to shift them.