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Legal Battle To Stop Otakiri Water Plant Expansion Goes To Supreme Court

The legal fight to stop a proposed expansion of the Otakiri Springs water bottling plant, continues.

The Supreme Court on Monday, granted leave to both Te Runanga o Ngāti Awa and Sustainable Otakiri.

It comes after the Court of Appeal, dismissed the iwi's appeal to stop expansion plans, late last year.

Ngāti Awa argued, the environmental impact of single-use plastic bottle should have been taken into consideration.

But the Court of Appeal ruled, the effects were beyond the scope of the resource consent process.

Ngāti Awa was also granted leave to appeal a High Court decision, on negative tikanga effects, regarding expansion.

The Supreme Court ruled, the negative tikanga effects, was granted with regard to points of law.

It also denied, Sustainable Otakiri's leave application, to appeal on costs.

The Court accepts, "the issue of costs for those acting in the public, as against a private, interest may raise questions of public or general importance"

"We do not consider that the jurisprudence, including in this Court, has reached a stage where it may be useful for this Court to hear an appeal of this nature," the judgment said.

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