NZ; Piggery's go-ahead terms unsatisfactory
Plans to build New Zealand's biggest piggery have
been given the green light but the conditions have disappointed those
Owners Graham Sexton and Colin Kay were unhappy with the 15-year consent
period offered by the hearing panel as they wanted a consent period of at least
The shorter-than-expected time period would make it hard to get a bank
loan, Sexton said. "You can't just put that thing up and running tomorrow. It
would take a few years, so I can't believe it."
Kay, the director of New Zealand Pork said he was thankful to both councils
for granting the consent but some of the "impractical" conditions could force
them to appeal to the Environment Court. Kay added that the research gone into
the piggery would make it one of the most technologically advanced in New
The piggery, which would start off with breeding 3200 sows before
increasing to 4800 sows, would be the largest in New Zealand. At capacity it
could contain up to 40,000 pigs. About 50 jobs would be created and it would
offer training facilities for piggery workers.
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