[2 July/NZ Herald]

Tegel has been permitted to install eight groundwater bores on or near the site of a proposed broiler chicken farm in Northland that is awaiting resource consent. The bores are intended to supply water to the farm. The resource consent was processed separately. The Northland Regional Council said the adverse effects of installing the bores would be no more than minor, it was consistent with the relevant statutory planning documents and regulations, and that the grading of the consent achieved the purposes of the Resource Management Act. The company wanted to set up the broiler farm at Arapohue with capacity to stock 1.3 million chickens and employ 28 people. The Northland and Kaipara Council’s sought more information from Tegel last month including evidence of job creation and an assessment of odour. Northland Regional Council’s Resource Consent Manager, Stuart Savill, said all requested information had been provided except for the cultural impact assessment report.