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Bay of Plenty iwi taking fight against Chinese-owned water bottling operation's expansion to court

A Bay of Plenty iwi has taken its fight against the expansion of a Chinese-owned water bottling operation to the high court at Rotorua.

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Ngāti Awa has battled the consent to extract more than a billlion litres from Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane, for two years. Source: 1 NEWS

Ngāti Awa's battled the consent to extract more than a billion litres from Otakiri Springs, near Whakatane, for two years.

It argues the volume to be exported is far too great and affects the tribe's ability to be guardian of the resource.

The water company says the expansion will create 60 jobs.

The hearing is set down for three more days.