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4 February, 2016
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A public meeting in Te Anau on
Monday is the last chance for an
alternative sewerage scheme to be
presented to ratepayers.
Fiordland Sewerage Options is
bringing consultant Peter Riddell
to Southland to speak about his
subsurface irrigation method
of wastewater disposal, said to
be far more cost-effective than
the Southland District Council’s
current consented scheme.
Fiordland Sewerage Options
chairman Alistair Paton-McDonald
said SDC’s consultant company
Pattle Delamore Partners (PDP)
had inflated the costs of Mr
Riddell’s scheme, to rule it out and
maintain the status quo.
“The meeting is going to be
possibly our last chance to really
put forward our proposal,” he said.
“We’re hoping that the ratepayers
will come along.”
The Te Anau Wastewater
Discharge Project Committee
will be in attendance, and the
following day the group will hold a
workshop to decide which option
to recommend to the council.
Despite members of the
committee requesting a personal
presentation from Mr Riddell as
part of its workshop, Fiordland
Sewerage Options had brought
him down at its own expense, Mr
At the committee’s last meeting
in December, Fiordland Sewerage
Options member Ruth Shaw said
the cost of the consented Kepler
Scheme would rise with continued
“I don’t know how much for further
resource consents, which will be
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Fair hearing for alternative
Fiordland Sewerage Options chairman Alistair Paton-McDonald expresses his frustration with the process of giving the
group’s alternative sewerage scheme a fair hearing.
The largest grants from Meridian
Energy’s Manapouri Te Anau
Community Fund were some of the
last, as the fund has closed and is
now subject to a review.
More than $1 million has been
distributed to clubs, organisations,
and community groups since the
establishment of the fund in 2007.
While originally intended to run
for just three years, the fund was
renewed in 2010 and again in
2013, and its final funding round
was distributed in September.
Grants ranging from $300 to
$50,000 were decided by a panel
of locals and Meridian staff, the
largest of which were two 2015
grants in excess of $40,000 to the
Fiordland Trails Trust for a
Te Anau-Manapouri cycle trail.
Everything from sports equipment,
and education resources to
construction materials and
aeroplanes were given grants from
the funding panel over the years.
Meridian spokeswoman Michelle
Brooker said the company was
reviewing many of its regional
community funds around New
Zealand all at once.
“We are currently working through
a review of our community funds.
How this might look has not yet
been finalised but there won’t be
dramatic changes,” she said.
“Once we have a clear direction,
our asset communities will be the
first to know.”
Fund panel member Irene Barnes
said there was hardly a club, or
a school, or a society between Te
Anau and Tuatapere that hadn’t
benefitted greatly from the grants
given out by Meridian.
“They have been absolutely
wonderful, because there is no
need for them to do this. It was
purely voluntary that they came up
with this idea,” she said.
“It was just something that they
felt was a very good thing to do
within their community, to in some
way recompense or value the
resources they use in our area.”
For her, the most significant recent
contributions were the grants for
the cycle trail, and towards the
new Te Anau Scout Hall, which
was now under construction, Mrs
The fund was always intended
to help organisations help
themselves, she said.
“That of course is the main object:
to help them be sustainable.”
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