"Questions for written answer
14938 (2009). Metiria Turei to the Minister of Conservation (02 Oct 2009): What is the status of his response to Meridian Energy's offer of a land exchange in relation to the proposed hydro dam on the Mokihinui River; what advice has he taken, what public consultation will occur, when will the decision be made?No consultation with the public. Fake consult with maori. Consider the situation especially in relation to the next election. Decide to swap do you think Tim? - after all, it's good for business. I'm thinking along the lines of - minister of destruction.
Hon Tim Groser (Minister of Conservation) replied: Meridian Energy's land exchange proposal is currently being considered by the Department of Conservation. The department has received advice from a number of experts in relation to the ecological values, recreation and planning matters which are affected by the exchange proposal. As part of the land exchange consideration, the department is required to consult with Iwi in accordance with its responsibilities under section 4 of the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998. The Conservation Act requires it to consult with the West Coast Tai Poutini Conservation Board. The Conservation Act does not require the department to consult with the public where an exchange is being considered. The consultation phase of the process has been completed. The department is now considering all the matters with respect to the exchange proposal and once this has been completed a final decision will be made."
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