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A long battle but blue skies at last

Published: Tue 19 Dec 2006 01:50 PM
A long battle but blue skies at last
The Whangamata Marina Society today welcomed the decision by Environment Minister David Benson-Pope that the marina project should proceed.
The issue was delegated to Benson-Pope after the High Court found that Conservation Minister Chris Carter had exceeded his authority and failed to follow due process in overturning an Environment Court recommendation that the Whangamata marina development be approved.
"This has been a long battle but it is wonderful to see blue skies at last. I couldn't think of a better Christmas present for our members," Society President Mick Kelly said.
"We applaud Mr Benson-Pope for his willingness to approach this matter with an open mind.
"His action, and the payment by the Crown earlier this month of $98,500 in costs to the Society, has vindicated the Society's faith in the legal system.
"We would now hope to be in a position to begin construction in July next year.
"It has taken more than 14 years and a huge investment in time and resources to reach this point, but it has been worth the effort as I am confident that the marina will prove a real asset to Whangamata," Mr Kelly said.
"I want to thank the Society's members for remaining loyal and strong. That loyalty will now get its reward."
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