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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Wairau Hydro Scheme on hold

We've just received some good news from Fish & Game - the Wairau River hydro scheme is currently on hold! The following is to appear in their Nelson/Marlborough regional supplement.

Wairau Given a Stay of Execution

Due to the economic downturn, the Christchurch earthquakes and less demand for electricity than predicted, it has recently been announced that many of the South Island Hydro Scheme proposals have been given a stay of execution – at least for now.

Unfortunately most of these schemes have only been put on hold until the economic climate is more conducive for building them. Even so this is good news for anglers, the wildlife and others who utilise the resource.

We can only hope that by the time the economic climate and electricity demand picks up again, more environmentally friendly alternatives will be viable for meeting New Zealand’s energy demands.

In the meantime get out and make the most of the Wairau while you can enjoy it!