[8 December/ Radio NZ]

Otorohanga District Council have stated that they were against resource consent being granted for a $230 million dairy factory, with locals worried it would threaten wildlife as there was a wetland adjacent to the factory site. Happy Valley Milk applied for consent in November 2016 and went through public consultation, with submissions for and against evenly split. Because of regulation changes in China, the company said it had to put sales and distribution of its infant formula to Hong Kong and China on hold until it built its own milk processing, blending and canning plant.