28 Oct 2016

Southland farmer fined $70,00 for diverting river

8:11 pm on 28 October 2016

A Southland farmer has been fined more than $70,000 for trying to divert water from one of Southland's main rivers with illegal earthworks.

Adolf Hardegger and his company, Hardegger Trustees Limited, were sentenced to fines totalling $71,400 in the Invercargill District Court today.

Mr Hardegger and his company were charged individually with diverting water from the Oreti River, straightening Starvation Creek and illegally installing a culvert in the creek.

During sentencing, Judge Brian Dwyer emphasised the area was a sensitive habitat for endangered species such as the black-billed gull and galaxiid fish.

The judge also signed an enforcement order, requiring Mr Hardegger to remedy the work.