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Published: 2006-03-07 00:00:00

Environment Waikato chair, Jenni Vernon, is disappointed at the Minister of Conservation’s decision to decline an application for permits to construct a marina at Whangamata.

"The marina's proponents have followed due process, undertaking 12 years of work through the Resource Management Act and the Environment Court," Mrs Vernon said.

"As part of this process, Environment Waikato evaluated the marina proposal – and after careful deliberation, gave its consent eight years ago.

"Opponents of the marina have also had an opportunity to have their concerns heard by an independent body. Environment Court Judge Bollard has delivered a well-considered opinion that balances all the potential effects – and gives the marina the go-ahead.

"So, while it is within the Minister’s legal rights, I am surprised and disappointed that the Minister has chosen to overturn all these years of due process."

Mrs Vernon said that the Minister's decision is likely to have repercussions throughout the whole RMA planning process.