The Buller District Council wants the Government to fund an investigation into the new Wangapeka Road link, which would run from Little Wanganui, near Karamea, to the Motueka Valley. The Transport Minister Simon Bridges has said he is open to having a look at it. But local environmental groups like Forest and Bird are staunchly opposed, and say it will never happen as it will be too expensive, a logistical nightmare and will require a law change.
David Bridger owns the Old Slaughterhouse backpackers in Hector, about half way between Westport and Karamea
He spoke with Kathryn Ryan, along with Kevin Hackwell, the Advocacy Manager for Forest and Bird.