"I welcome Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith's decision to call in three large-scale effluent discharge consents for dairying in the Mackenzie Basin," said Dr Jan Wright, Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
"Dr Smith is correct to identify that there are significant concerns regarding the effect of these proposals on water quality. These proposals have national implications ranging from the special unique ecology of the Mackenzie, to tourism and carbon free power generation," added the Commissioner.
"In my report Change in the high country: Environment stewardship and tenure review I recommended that proposals of national significance on lakes or outstanding landscapes in the high country should be called in. The Mackenzie Basin clearly fits the bill. I can't emphasise enough how important the issue of water quality is."