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STILL BURNING: Fire trucks were on
site on Tuesday evening still working
to keep the fire under control.
situation will be resolved in the
Environment Court on April 29.
Greg Olive's property catches
the worst of the smell and fumes.
It's absolutely disgusting,'' Mr
Olive said. The council has not
enforced this resource consent, so
now we have to ask the courts to
do their job for them.''
While not a member of the ARA,
Mr Olive is a plaintiff in the court
ARA secretary Kay Stieller has
been leading the court battle for
the past three years.
Ms Stieller said the 1986
resource consent covered only 6
hectares of the pit site, leaving the
remaining 5ha unconsented.
The ARA is asking the courts to
enforce the 1986 resource consent.
Environmental lawyer Quentin
Davies said the city council,
ECan, the residents and Owaka
Holdings agreed there had been a
breach of the consent, and the
Environment Court would decide
The court case could see Owaka
Holdings ordered to reduce the
height of the site to meet the 1986
limits -- forcing relocation of thou-
sands of tonnes of waste.
The city council recently won a
court case against Owaka Hold-
ings, which the court ruled had
dumped non-cleanfill material in
a pond on the site.
Owaka Holdings has lodged a
High Court appeal against the
The council had received more
than 25 complaints from the pub-
lic regarding the site.
Owaka Holdings director Alan
Edge said he would not comment
on the ARA case.
River revival welcomes people back to city
By GARY MOODY
WORK ON the first stage of the Avon River
Precinct/Te Papa Otakaro is in full flow on the
banks between the Antigua Boatsheds and
Concept designs for the precinct as well as
the north and east frames -- anchor projects in
the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan -- are
still being finalised.
Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry
Brownlee said the precinct would encourage
people to come back into the central city,
whether it be to relax and enjoy the views, or
to walk or cycle along the riverbanks''.
It will also encourage businesses to develop
near the river and take advantage of what will
be a very attractive place to work and visit.''
The work involves narrowing the river and
installing features to promote and encourage
There will be re-contouring to provide imp-
roved pedestrian walkways and seating areas,
as well as landscaping, new street furniture,
boardwalks, and decorative lighting.
No large trees will be removed.
The precinct will stretch out to about 30
metres each side of the river from Rolleston
Avenue adjacent to Christchurch Hospital in
the west, to Fitzgerald Avenue beyond the
Avon Loop in the east.
Construction of the next sections of the pre-
cinct is scheduled to start in November.
Seafaring pests invade island
By ABBIE NAPIER
CONCERNED: Trust chairman Ian McLennan on his way out to Quail Island
(pictured in the background).
Cartoon by ALEX PARSONS
Quail Island trust devastated by rabbit sighting
CATASTROPHE HAS struck in
The Quail Island Ecological
Restoration Trust has reported
rabbit sightings on the island res-
erve for the first time in seven
The two rabbits spotted by con-
servation staff could mean the end
to more than 70,000 trees planted
on the island, and the undoing of
thousands of hours in eradication
Trust chairman Ian McLennan
said the damage even two rabbits
could do was enormous''.
How concerned are we? We're
about an eight or nine out of 10. It
Though unlikely, Mr McLennan
said the trust could not discount
the possibility of rabbits swim-
ming to the island in extreme cir-
cumstances, or a member of the
public dumping an unwanted pet.
Apparently rabbits are quite
adept, if reluctant swimmers (see
ARKive.org for videos).
It's not normal rabbit behav-
iour. It's very unlikely a rabbit
would go to a damp place unless it
was scared by a dog on the main-
land or something similar.''
Quail Island is partially
exposed at low tide when the
island could be accessible by
We can't dismiss the possibility
that someone dumped their pet
rabbit on the island,'' he said.
The small island in Lyttelton
Harbour was in use by settlers as
early at 1875.
From 1906 to 1925 it was New
Zealand's only leper colony.
In the 1970s the island was
handed over to the Crown for pro-
tection and has been a reserve
ever since -- a popular spot for
many native species.
The trust has worked with the
Department of Conservation to
eradicate the huge population of
rabbits on the island, and has suc-
cessfully replanted at least 70,000
The place was so infested with
rabbits when we took over, they
were forced to climb the trees to
find food. We cannot let that effort
slip,'' Mr McLennan said.
The trust has laid traps and
staff were patrolling at night to
try and spot the rogue rabbits. In
extreme circumstances, the trust
would have to use poison.
The trust is urging people not
take any pets to the island.
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