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Kaipara oyster farms rejected

NEW ZEALAND - A change of heart by the Auckland Regional Council has dashed the hopes of mussel and oyster farmers wanting to set up operations in the clean waters of the Kaipara Harbour.</b> <br><br> Maori residents hoping for jobs are also angry at the council&#39;s sudden dropping of a change to its coastal plan which promised to let marine farming into the remote southern part of the country&#39;s biggest harbour. <br><br> Four years ago the council mooted the change - designed to create aquaculture management areas - as the way to control allocation of space to applicants who sought a total of 400ha. <br><br> But before any farms had been set up a number of events had served to change the council&#39;s mind, said strategy and planning chairman Paul Walbran. <br><br> Last month the Environment Court declined consent for a 30ha mussel farm for a proposed management area off Te Kawau Pt, on South Head, because it would ruin the view for walkers. <br><br> <i>Source: NZHerald.co.nz</i>

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