[9 February/Radio NZ]

A $230 million dairy factory in King Country has been granted land consent despite local opposition. A report from the Otorohanga District Council last year said the factory should not be allowed to go ahead because it would impact the local ecology, landscape, and rural charter. However, Happy Valley Milk has now been given consent to build its infant formula factory. There is a lot of opposition to the factory, including from Fonterra Shareholder Council Chair, Duncan Coull. He noted that any profits generated will not benefit the Otorohanga community, but the overseas shareholders. Mr Coull said that locals who opposed the factory would be demanding answers. However, Happy Valley Milk were not surprised consent had been granted, and hope to be one of the largest businesses in the Otorohanga region.