[2 August/ NZ Herald]

Greenpeace activists spent a day chained to machinery and locked inside pipes at the Central Plains Water Irrigation scheme construction site near Hororata. The activists’ protests are based on their beliefs that the irrigation scheme will cause more cows and greater pollution of rivers and drinking water. Central Plains Water Scheme Spokesman Derek Crombie said the scheme protected ground aquifers because farmers would not need to use wells and artesian supplies. Building is set to finish in September 2018. Campaigner Gen Toop said the protest was only the beginning.