[1 October/Stuff]

Tegel’s plans to build a farm in Northland were denied by the Overseas Investment Office. It planned to build 200 sheds on a 200 hectare block near Dargaville. Tegel Spokesman, Liam Baldwin, said it was disappointed at the outcome. He added it would have created 34 jobs and been a significant step for chicken farming. It had planned to raise nine million birds a year at the site. The farm was strongly opposed by locals and animal rights activists through protests and expressed concern. Only 17 of the 5,000 submissions to the council during the consent process supported the proposed farm. In July, the councils recommended the application be denied. Direct Animal Action Spokeswoman, Deirdre Sims, said news of the decision was an awesome shock and a reward for the efforts of the community. Kaipara Local, Karen Exley, said the fight had consumed many people and it was a relief to hear the outcome.