[29 October/Stuff]

New Zealand King Salmon Chief Executive Grant Rosewarne confirmed the new Labour-led government and subsequent disbanding of the Ministry of Primary Industries would not affect the planned reallocation of salmon farms in the Marlborough Sounds. The proposal, announced last January, sought to move six salmon farms from low flow to high flow sites in an attempt to bring economic benefits. Residents and environmental groups opposed the plan citing environmental concerns. Mr Rosewarne said the process was done, dusted and complete. However, Environmental Defence Society Chief Executive Gary Taylor said last week he expected the proposal would be dropped, as Labour indicated it would repeal section 360A of the Resource Management Act, which King Salmon was using to override local government.