A Christchurch water bottling operation has illegally pumped more than 10 million litres of water from an aquifier.
"Going against it's rules for consent, Chinese-owned Cloud Ocean Water had been taking water through its 33 metre bore without informing authorities, resulting in Environment Cantebury (ECan) temporarily closing down operations and serving an abatement notice last month, Stuff reports.
In December, Cloud Ocean Water was granted permission to extract around 1.5 billion litres a year at a plant on the old Kaputone wool scour in Belfast, which the company intends to bottle and sell overseas.
Recruitment for 200 staff needed for the $50 million plant were underway, before operations were called to a halt.
The abatement notice was lifted on Friday, after the firm provided ECan with the much-needed verification certificates for the consent to be activated, along with water metering data.
Christchurch West Melton water zone manager Steve Firth said Cloud Ocean had now complied with the requirements, reports Stuff.
"The issue with the water data logger was a technical fault, however, there were two on-site flow meters which had continued to record the volume taken but were not connecting through to the data meter properly.
"As the two flow meters were working correctly, we know how much water was taken prior to the consent being activated.
"We are confident the other two flow meters were, and continue to be, working correctly, and that the fault is now fixed.
"However, we will continue to monitor Cloud Ocean on a regular basis to ensure compliance."
Data revealed the company took more than 10 million litres, amounting to a fraction of what it is allowed to extract under its consent.
It is unclear how long the firm was taking water without permission, but a spokesperson said it was either "disposed of or retained as part of the testing process".
Cloud Ocean Water has not yet started bottling water for sale and no water from the site has been exported, a spokesperson said.
The company is currently testing its production line as part of the commissioning of the plant, and a date for water production is yet to be set.
Emails show Professor Thomas weeks beforehand on July 13 saying, "I am still fretting about the student club invitation to Don Brash… I really want to find a way to indicate that Brash is not welcome on campus unless he agrees to abide by our values and the laws against hate speech".
Professor Thomas continued: "My strong preference is that we stop it occurring."
The next day, Professor Thomas wrote in another email: "But we still have a couple of trails of evidence, then we need to speak to [the] politics club, and then refuse entry to campus if students don’t oblige – and be proactive at that point before Brash can get to the media."
Before both those emails, she wrote in another on July 10 that she "wanted to know what our options re not allowing politics club to hold event on campus… Will hit the fan in the media if we go this way".
Newly released documents show Massey University’s Vice Chancellor had a problem with Don Brash speaking long before he was publicly barred from speaking on campus.
Source: 1 NEWS
When Jan Thomas pulled the plug on Dr Brash's appearance, she said it came after security concerns surrounding a threat involving a gun.
But Police told 1 NEWS at the time they were not contacted before the decision to cancel was made.
The new documents confirm this, with Massey University saying there were no written communications sent or received from the police. In an email to staff, Jan Thomas said she arranged a meeting with local police to discuss security but "before that meeting could take place... I made the decision to cancel the booking of the event on our campus".
Included in the documents is a Facebook user comment about Don Brash's event saying "take a gun".
Mr Brash was due to speak at the university, but had his speech cancelled by Jan Thomas.
Source: 1 NEWS
BARRAGE OF CRITICISM
Massey University released several hundred pages of emails to 1 NEWS, showing an onslaught of criticism aimed at the Vice-Chancellor. Some called for her resignation.
Messages left on voicemail spoke of disappointment. "I'm absolutely horrified at the decision… I am very very concerned at the lack of free speech," one caller said.
"My son is due to graduate from college very soon, and we're looking at universities and Massey was one of them, but a little concerned about what I’ve heard about some free speech restrictions on campus," another voice message said.
Emails from former students were also critical.
"As an alumni of Massey University I wish to express my displeasure at your decision to ban former leader of the National Party Don Brash from speaking at Massey University," one wrote.
The University remains at odds with police over claims of security concerns and threats of violence.
Source: 1 NEWS
A "proud Massey chemistry alumni" said they were very disappointed to learn that their friend Don Brash "had been deplatformed for his talk".
"I am ashamed to have to tell my friends, associates and colleagues that I am a Massey University graduate from this day forward,"another person wrote.
Another message said they had instructed their Trust not to fund any of their children or grandchildren to attend any programme or course at Massey University. "There are always consequences when you attack the freedoms our family spent so much of our lives to protect," they wrote.
"Please do the honorable thing and resign as Vice Chancellor” another former student wrote. “Massey has lost a great deal of credibility as a learning institution and I’m embarrassed to be associated with my former university."
The former National Party leader and free speech advocate has hit out at the university over its decision.
Source: 1 NEWS
A short statement drafted for the university's contact centre to reply to people with said the decision wasn't taken lightly, and that Professor Thomas made the decision taking the gun threat into account.
It further added that "recent events… suggest the current situation is potentially volatile."
A trail of transcripts of voicemail messages and emails to and from the Vice Chancellor's office have been released to 1 NEWS, showing Jan Thomas citing "trails of evidence".
Source: 1 NEWS
Police have arrested three people so far today after executing a number of search warrants in the eastern Bay of Plenty as part of Operation Notus II.
Operation Notus II is the second phase of a long-running investgation, led by the National Organised Crime Group, into organised crime and the supply and supplying of methamphetamine and cannabis in the eastern Bay of Plenty region.
Search warrants were conducted this morning in properties in Kawerau, Whakatāne and Te Teko.
Two men and a woman were arrested.
They are facing a number of charges, including possession for supply, and supplying, methamphetamine and cannabis, as well as firearms-related offending.
They will appear in Whakatāne District Court this afternoon.
Operation Notus, launched in October 2017, revealed the Kawerau Mongrel Mob's involvement in the commercial distribution of meth and cannabis to the community.
As a result of the investigation, 48 people were arrested and almost $3 million in assets were frozen in March 2018.
Acting Eastern Bay of Plenty Area Commander, Senior Sergeant Richard Miller, said, "This was a major disruption to organised crime and methamphetamine supply in EBOP".
Guns seized during Operation Notus II in the Eastern Bay of Plenty
Source: NZ Police