[8 December/Rural Life]

A mushroom farm in Hawke’s Bay has received 48 additional complaints since it was originally fined in August for its objectionable odour. As part of Te Mata Mushrooms’ resource consent, odours are not allowed to leave the boundaries of its Havelock North property. Hawke’s Bay Regional Council said it had not however not issued any more abatement notices. Te Mata Mushrooms has applied to the Hastings District Council for a resource consent to carry out works to try and contain the odour, though this included expanding its operations to pay for the work. The application was on hold pending further information being submitted by 17 December. Once this is obtained the council will decide whether the resource consent will be publicly notifiable.