[19 July/Radio NZ]

In a new guide developed to help environmental management, Taranaki Iwi have spoken out against intensive farming in the region. The guide was intended to help decision making by Iwi, marae, pa, hapu and whanau, as kaitiaki of the Taranaki rohe. It drew attention to contamination of the land from cropping, intensive farming and the use of agrichemicals and fertilisers. The document said farming practices led to soil and water contamination and degradation. It added contamination of the soil posed a threat to the health of Taranaki iwi and local community. Te Kahui Taranaki Iwi Chairperson, Leanne Horo, said the strategy marked an important step towards developing an understanding between iwi and the local authorities. Ms Horo noted local authorities could use Taiao, Taiora to guide their changes, reviews and development of district and regional plans and statements.