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"When this scheme was
conceived, Te Anau's population
had been extrapolated to
something like 40,000 residents,"
Mr Deaker said.
Contamination of Lake Te Anau
under the present scheme was
negligible, which was reason to
take more time assessing options
for a new scheme, he said.
"I don't think that in the next few
years there's going to be any
significant change to what we've
been doing here in Te Anau for
many decades, and I believe
we can use that time to get this
Development Authority chairman
Allan Youldon echoed this
sentiment, and said the greatly
exaggerated projected population
growth was slashed by the 2013
"At that stage the whole project
should have been reviewed and
an extension to the present
discharge permit requested, to
allow a re-think and consider the
Even if the consent were to be
granted, a shorter term than the
proposed 35 years should be
specified, Mr Youldon said.
"The advances being made in
sewage treatment could markedly
improve during that time, making
this system obsolete, and the
beautiful area in which we live
could be ruined for future use."
Former Southland District
Councillor Diane Ridley spoke in
favour of the scheme, and said
she had been part of the working
group established to look at
effluent disposal for Te Anau.
"The Southland District Council
is unable, because of legislative
and cultural requirements, to
continue to discharge treated
effluent to the Upukerora River
and, consequently, Lake Te Anau,"
Discharge consent for the
Manapouri sewerage ponds
would be up for renewal within
the next 10 years, at which time
Manapouri would be in exactly the
same situation that Te Anau finds
itself in today, Ms Ridley said.
"This is only nine years away, and
work on this proposal for Te Anau
commenced in 2005. I suggest
many of the submitters will not
be so unhappy that the hard work
has been done for them."
Te Anau poo pipe
Police in Te Anau are on the
lookout for an arboreal vandal,
after a series of trees were
unlawfully cut and killed over the
Trees at at least four sites were
vandalised with a handsaw or
chainsaw, with branches cut to the
trunk and left lying on the ground.
Te Anau police constable Chris
Boulton said that in the early
hours of Sunday morning, a tree
on Luxmore Drive had two of its
major limbs cut off, leaving the
road partially blocked.
It was suspected a handsaw was
used to make the cuts, because
nearby residents claimed not to
have heard anything, he said.
"The cuts were of a reasonable
standard and indicate that it was
done by a person or persons
familiar with this type of activity."
Southland District Council area
engineer Nick Lewis said there
were four known
areas where trees
had been damaged,
on a mixture of
council and private
with the Luxmore
Drive tree, one in
another on Caswell
Road, and two
trees by the pump
station were damaged. Four of
the trees were the property of the
Southland District Council, Mr
"It was all probably done within
the same period," he said. "If they
manage to find out who did it, I
would be seeking reparation."
"The one up Luxmore Drive,
they've been there for 15 years
and were only just starting to
The trees have since been
tidied up by contractors from
Fiordland Nurseries, and owner
Graham Humphries said the trees
on Luxmore Drive and in Memorial
Park were dead and would be
Anyone with information regarding
these incidents was urged to
contact Te Anau Police on (03)
249-7600 or call Crime Stoppers
anonymously on 0800-555-111.
Serial arborist saws unseen
The tree on Luxmore Drive that was damaged on
By Brendan McBryde
ABOVE: Te Anau police
constable Euan White
stands alongside one
of several trees that
were illegally cut at the
RIGHT: A tree on Caswell
Road that was damaged
around the same time on
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